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January 2016

Hyper-convergence market buyer's guide

Sponsored by SearchConvergedInfrastucture

The hyper-convergence market initially consisted of virtual desktops and remote offices, but has moved into data centers.

Hyper-converged infrastructure products can be self-contained appliances with the software integrated, or they can be a software-only offering that runs on any commodity hardware. Customers can install it on their own hardware, buy Ready Nodes from hardware partners or as integrated EVO:RAIL appliances sold by hardware vendors.

Because hyper-converged systems include hypervisors along with storage and servers, these systems are best for heavily virtualized environments. That is why virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is a popular use case. Hyper-convergence's "infrastructure-in-a-box" approach also fits well for remote offices because it saves having to buy separate products. SMBs and departments in large companies also find hyper-converged appliances a fast and easy way to install enough infrastructures to serve as primary storage for certain applications.

Table Of Contents

  • Hyper-converged infrastructure use cases
  • Converged vs. hyper-converged landscape: What does it mean?
  • Hyper-converged system selection criteria

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