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July 2017, Vol. 16, No. 5

Ready for hyper-converged infrastructure appliances?

The proliferation of hyper-converged storage vendors, products and claims has made it difficult for IT shops to discern a proper fit for their organization. Some vendors gloss over performance and potentially increase the risk of storage chokepoints, while others myopically focus on performance and ignore server resource-intensive services, such as data reduction or protection. It's important to address performance, storage networking, data reduction, data protection, security, scalability, hardware requirements and other issues before committing to hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI). And make no mistake, it is a big commitment. Hyper-converged infrastructure appliances deliver easy-to-use, turnkey systems built on commercial, off-the-shelf white box servers and software-defined storage, compute and networking. The hardware consists mainly of x86 CPUs with hard disk or solid-state drives for storage and network interface cards (NICs). Networking for hyper-converged infrastructure appliances is usually a virtual top-of-rack or ...

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