Migrating to a hyper-converged infrastructure is no small investment. Infrastructure and operational professionals must carefully consider a number of factors before implementing the technology.
Hyper-converged storage is one of the most prominent changes to data center design to occur over the past 10 years. A hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) appliance unites storage, compute and networking in one modular system. Despite the apparent financial and technical rigidity that generally coincides with the use of a one-size-fits-all approach, an HCI appliance can have a number of cost-saving and business benefits over a custom data center architecture.
First, many hyper-converged storage systems come with their own software, which enables IT administrators to more easily manage virtualized infrastructures. Additionally, there are strong business cases for switching to a hyper-converged infrastructure, such as the total cost. An HCI appliance often has lower total costs of ownership because the most common alternative to hyper-convergence is a total migration to the cloud. Such a move could cost an organization a significant amount in terms of both Capex and Opex. But HCI appliances allow greater financial and technical flexibility and scaling. With hyper-convergence, admins can simply add and remove nodes as necessary, whereas hosted customers may have to migrate to another cloud if their current service provider cannot support their planned expansion.
There are key questions buyers must ask when they look at an HCI appliance: How many appliances does a business need, and which ones work within specific IT environments? How does such a product scale out? How easy is it for admins to implement? Answering these and other questions helps infrastructure and operations pros begin to select the right hyper-converged storage products for their enterprise. So does comparing the top HCI appliances and software.
Explaining HCI appliances and hyper-converged software
Before beginning the buying process for HCI appliances and implementing a hyper-converged storage strategy, it's important to know why businesses are shifting their data centers toward this type of architecture. Learn the key components of an HCI appliance and the various types of hyper-converged software they support, as well as how vendors sell their HCI appliances or hyper-converged software.
Expert contributor Ed Tittel explores hyper-converged appliances and explains why they're being adopted so enthusiastically in businesses of all sizes. Continue Reading
2Do I need?-
What can a hyper-converged infrastructure do for your business?
There are many benefits of implementing a hyper-converged storage strategy in the data center. From ease of deployment and scaling, to the simplification of management, hyper-converged technology can bring many cost- and time-saving benefits to an organization.
Learn the benefits of hyper-converged technology, including scalability, ease of management and cost savings that can be greater than those from cloud deployments. Continue Reading
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Questions to ask when selecting a hyper-converged storage vendor
Making the best IT purchasing decision for businesses starts with asking the right questions. There are eight questions every infrastructure or operations professional should ask themselves or a vendor before deciding which kind of hyper-converged technology to purchase for their business.
Buying into hyper-converged technology? Storage expert Ed Tittel delves into the important questions to consider so you can make the best selection for your environment. Continue Reading
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Finding the right hyper-converged storage technology for you
Part four of this buyer's guide breaks down the top hyper-converged products in the market today, categorizing them from the simple to the complex and defining the overhead and efficiency of each. See where different hyper-converged vendors fall in the ranges of cost-efficiency and scalability.
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Examining the top HCI appliances and software
See how HCI appliances and software vendors stack up against each other with these hyper-converged product overviews.
Organizations small and large can utilize the ConvergedSystem group of products from HPE to establish a hyper-converged infrastructure that fits their business needs. Continue Reading
With partnerships and integrations with the likes of Dell, Quanta and others, Maxta offers customers the flexibility to configure hyper-converged appliances to fit their needs. Continue Reading
Nutanix's Acropolis works at a user's desired scale and features a self-healing function that allows the software to continue to operate in the event of a failure. Continue Reading
IT expert Ed Tittel offers product details on Pivot3's vSTAC OS hyper-converged software and shares how it can help enterprises implement hyper-converged storage. Continue Reading
Designed to install in less than an hour, the HC3 line of hyper-converged systems from Scale Computing offers SMBs and enterprises alike seamless integration. Continue Reading
SimpliVity's OmniCube products offer SMBs and enterprises alike hyper-converged appliances that work for remote offices, high-performance environments and cloud providers. Continue Reading
Symphony has a hypervisor-agnostic build and navigable nature that makes it a good match for any large company in search of hyper-converged software. Continue Reading
With the VCE VxRail appliance, VSAN Ready Nodes and VMware Cloud Foundation, VMware provides customers with a variety of hyper-converged product options. Continue Reading