HCI, Cloud Integration: Key Features – ITPro Today Blog by Eric Slack

By Eric Slack, Monday, October 7th 2019

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The hybrid cloud is the platform of choice for IT organizations, and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is a strong solution for the on-premises portion of that hybrid cloud. Dell EMC, NetApp and HPE have created on-premises offerings using their HCI products, sold on an as-a-service basis. This...

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HCI Security Should Factor into HCI Product Evaluations – ITPro Today Blog by Eric Slack

By Eric Slack, Thursday, September 19th 2019

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HCI systems carry benefits and drawbacks from a security perspective. IT pros can’t ignore the factors impacting HCI security when they’re choosing a product. Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) has been increasingly adopted in enterprise data centers. This is something we’ve seen in...

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Hyperconverged Infrastructure Consumption Pricing Arrives – ITPro Today Blog by Eric Slack

By Eric Slack, Thursday, August 15th 2019

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There’s a new pricing trend among hyperconverged infrastructure vendors: a consumption-based model, with on-premises hardware and an ideal bridge to the cloud. The cloud concept has a number of appealing characteristics -- flexibility, near unlimited scale, etc. -- but arguably...

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Hyperconverged Infrastructure Vendors Research: Top Players – ITPro Today Blog by Eric Slack

By Eric Slack, Tuesday, July 2nd 2019

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Evaluator Group’s latest research on hyperconverged infrastructure vendors assesses the top five offerings, plus niche players, including their differentiators. The hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) market is consolidating, with VMware's vSAN and Nutanix the dominant products. Based on the latest Evaluator Group survey, vSAN – when combined with...

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Software Composable Infrastructure: Relief for Hyperscale Envy – ITPro Today Blog by Eric Slack

By Eric Slack, Monday, June 10th 2019

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Software composable infrastructures dynamically configure physical resources, using APIs to map storage and networking components to servers to create bare-metal compute instances. We’ve all heard about the hyperscalers, those big public cloud and social media companies that essentially reinvented storage...

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Hyperconverged Infrastructure Earns Enterprise Trust for Critical Use – ITPro Today Blog by Eric Slack

By Eric Slack, Monday, April 15th 2019

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Studies by Evaluator Group have tracked enterprise use of hyperconverged infrastructure for three years; the latest results suggest the technology has crossed a threshold of acceptance. Back in 2016, Evaluator Group undertook a new study, titled “HCI in the Enterprise,”...

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How to Compare the Cost of HCI Systems – ITPro Today Blog by Eric Slack

By Eric Slack, Saturday, March 9th 2019

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Every year Evaluator Group conducts a survey-based study on HCI in the enterprise designed to gauge attitudes and acceptance for this technology in large companies and to understand which products are being considered and how they’re being evaluated. In the...

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HCI Use Cases: Edge Computing, Artificial Intelligence – ITPro Today Blog by Eric Slack

By Eric Slack, Thursday, January 17th 2019

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HCI use cases are continuing to increase; read up on the role HCI can play in edge computing as well as in advanced computing scenarios such as artificial intelligence and machine learning. In 2018 the hyperconverged infrastructure market continued its...

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Microsoft’s Storage Spaces Direct: How It Differs from Other HCIs – ITPro Today Blog by Eric Slack

By Eric Slack, Tuesday, December 11th 2018

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Microsoft’s Storage Spaces Direct HCI, which reappears in Windows Server 2019, disaggregates the storage from the compute nodes. Find out how the product differs from other HCIs. In the last blog we focused on HCI products that had disaggregated architectures, meaning...

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The Value of Disaggregated Hyper-Converged Infrastructure – ITPro Today Blog by Eric Slack

By Eric Slack, Monday, November 12th 2018

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A disaggregated hyper-converged infrastructure approach delivers more flexibility and resource efficiency over traditional HCI models, but carries a few drawbacks. Learn about the pros and cons and compare disaggregated HCI products. A hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) is composed of a cluster of nodes...

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