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June 2017, Vol. 16, No. 4

Hyper-converged infrastructure products give data centers a boost

As an actor on the stage of IT, you know that converged systems of the VCE ilk (now the Converged Platform Division of Dell EMC) have been growing in leaps and bounds over the past five years. During the same period, traditional storage array revenues of the Dell EMC VNX and NetApp FAS type have been dropping like lead balloons. Simultaneously, hyper-converged infrastructure products from vendors like Nutanix and SimpliVity (now part of Hewlett Packard Enterprise) as well as software-defined storage players such as Hedvig are practically doubling in revenue each year. Further muddying the waters are complete cloud stack vendors, such as SwiftStack, vying for the same dollars. Oh, and don't forget the Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure public clouds that are running away with thousands of your applications and petabytes of your data. Here is my perspective on the underlying drivers of each of these trends and some advice on how to make some fundamental decisions regarding your next-generation data center. The end of an era ...

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