HYPERCONVERGED
INFRASTRUCTURE AND SECURITY

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Hyperconvergence is the fastest-growing category in datacenter infrastructure, with an estimated 68% compound annual growth rate in 2014-2019, according to Gartner. A backbone of the private cloud, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), remote and branch office IT, and other enterprise applications, hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) integrates software-defined compute and direct-attached storage (DAS) with data services and unified management capabilities to enhance IT agility and efficiency.

Security fit for HCI must deliver effective protection without curbing the benefits of better ROI, performance and scalability HCI delivers. Learn more about security requirements for HCI from the complementary whitepaper “Strong Security for the Hyperconverged Datacenter”.

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BENEFITS OF HYPERCONVERGENCE

The following HCI virtues make it a foundation for infrastructure agility, datacenter cost containment and innovative cloud-based business models, particularly, private and hybrid cloud:

  • Fast automatic provisioning
  • Simple centralized manageability
  • And modular single-vendor building blocks create an agile, dynamic, fast-iterating infrastructure
  • Full enablement of the private cloud
  • Direct extensibility to the public cloud
  • Easier infrastructure scalability and higher utilization with a modular, scale-out architecture
  • OpEx reduction from streamlined IT management with “invisible infrastructure”
  • Lower CapEx due to the use of commodity hardware and higher infrastructure utilization

SECURING HYPERCONVERGED INFRASTRUCTURE

Regardless of the nature of the workloads you run on your HCI, the need to effectively secure them is obvious. Security solutions, however, are not
created equal in terms of efficacy, agility and impact on datacenter resources.

WHY CONVENTIONAL SECURITY FAILS

Traditional server workload security platforms diminish the benefits of hyperconvergence. They lower consolidation ratios by
taking up excessive system resources; hamper user experience by causing brownouts in application availability, can’t scale
in a linear fashion, and are inefficient to maintain:

Lower
infrastructure
utilization

Resource-hungry security
hampers consolidation ratios

Negative user
experience

Security competing for resources
with production workloads
introduces latency

Lower operational
efficiency

Security requiring manual provisioning
and administration complicates
manageability

Scalability
limitations

Security that scales up rather
than out prevents linear
scalability

Longer
time-to-value

Security lacking out-of-the-box integration
with key HCI technologies requires
extensive efforts to deploy

SECURITY FOR VDI

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), Server-Based Computing (SBC) and Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) account for over 30% of
HCI workloads, so the success of HCI initiatives often hinges on VDI, SBC and DaaS. Critical for the former is maximizing the number of VDI sessions
per host and delivering a user experience that matches or beats the user’s PC experience. Conventional security solutions—with heavy,
resource-intensive anti-malware agents deployed inside every virtual desktop—are prone to AV storms that
cause application “brownouts,” deteriorating user experience.

Learn how to effectively secure your VDI infrastructure while maximizing its performance and optimizing user
experience from the Bitdefender whitepaper “The Impact of Virtualization Security on your VDI Environment."

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HYPERCONVERGED SECURITY FOR
HYPERCONVERGED INFRASTRUCTURE

A new breed of security solutions is needed to effectively protect HCI without impeding the benefits it delivers.
Engineered for HCI, Bitdefender GravityZone Datacenter Security is an award-winning security platform that
provides best-in-class layered next-generation defenses while facilitating IT agility, operational efficiency and
infrastructure cost containment. Based on a hypervisor-agnostic architecture compatible with all virtualization
platforms, GravityZone minimizes security’s impact on infrastructure resources, maximizing virtualization density
to reduce the infrastructure footprint and application performance to improve user experience.

With GravityZone, all server workload security-related activities converge into automated workflows administered
from a single management console, streamlining security management and enhancing visibility across the
enterprise cloud.

CUSTOMER SUCCESS

"GravityZone Security for Virtualized Environments provided best out-of-the-box integration and provisioning automation on Nutanix, including the ability to seamlessly transition from VMware ESXi to AHV with zero downtime.“

Learn how a leading healthcare provider effectively secured its Nutanix-based VDI infrastructure with Bitdefender.

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A NUTANIX AHV READY SOLUTION

Certified as Nutanix AHV Ready, GravityZone Datacenter Security helps ensure security compliance while reducing operating costs, simplifying management, and increasing infrastructure utilization across the enterprise cloud. GravityZone uniquely supports fast, automated security provisioning on Nutanix HCIS, enabling IT operations teams to spin up thousands of secured virtual machines in a matter of hours. A truly hypervisor-agnostic platform, GravityZone eases the transition to Nutanix Acropolis (AHV) from other virtualization platforms and enables seamless movement of protected VMs between public and private clouds, shortening time-to-value.