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IT pros like simplicity, savings of hyper-converged products
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of September 2017, Vol. 16, No. 7
The ability to buy storage, compute and virtualization in a single platform -- known as hyper-convergence -- is gaining popularity with data center buyers used to buying those technologies separately and on different lifecycles. According to TechTarget Research, speed, simplicity and savings are high on the list of reasons for giving hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) a try. Specifically, survey respondents listed easier purchasing, deployment time, simplified infrastructure, savings because of integration, consolidated management and reduction in tech support headaches due to buying from a single vendor as the top reasons for buying hyper-converged products. The market IDC recently reported the hyper-converged products market grew 65% year-over-year during the first quarter of 2017. With sales of $665 million, HCI accounted for nearly a quarter of the overall converged infrastructure market. The latest TechTarget Research survey ranked Nutanix (20%) and Dell EMC (15%) as the top HCI vendors chosen by companies that made an ...
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