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Find the HCI appliance that meets your storage needs

For infrastructure and operations professionals, implementing a hyper-converged infrastructure is not easy; choosing the right HCI appliances is imperative.


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.

1What is?-

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.


Defining the hyper-converged infrastructure appliance

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.


Hyper-converged platforms: Making the business case

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

3How to buy-

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.


How to choose hyper-converged storage vendors: Eight questions to ask

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

4Which should I buy?-

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.


How to find the right HCI appliance

Choosing a hyper-converged appliance can be a difficult road to travel. Expert Ed Tittel provides the road map for selecting the right hyper-converged tool for your business. Continue Reading

5Top product overviews-

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.


HPE ConvergedSystem offers one-size-fits-all hyper-converged storage

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


Examining the HyperGrid HCI appliance family

With the family of HCI appliances from HyperGrid, organizations receive modular hyper-converged storage and computing either on premises or in the cloud. Continue Reading


Maxta Inc. hyper-converged appliances offer configuration flexibility

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 Acropolis HCI software runs any app at scale

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


Pivot3 HCI software: Simplicity is the name of the game

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


Scale Computing HC3 hyper-converged appliances offer ease of use

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


Explore the OmniCube hyper-converged infrastructure appliance family

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


Stratoscale Symphony hyper-converged software offers cloud build

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


VMware hyper-converged software options offer users customization

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

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