Container-Native Storage: The Benefits of HCI for Containers – ITPro Today Blog by Eric Slack

By Eric Slack, Monday, June 8th 2020

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IT organizations are recognizing the need to support containers for their software development groups but also to accommodate container-based applications as they move into production. Containers offer a number of benefits, as well as some challenges, particularly around storage. In...

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Azure Stack Hybrid Cloud Appeals to MSPs, HCI, Data Center – ITPro Today Blog by Eric Slack

By Eric Slack, Monday, May 4th 2020

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This is the third in a series of articles on making hybrid cloud a reality. The first two looked at Google Anthos and AWS Outposts. In this article we’ll examine Microsoft’s Azure Stack hybrid cloud family (which includes Azure Stack...

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Google Anthos: Hybrid Cloud on Your Infrastructure – ITPro Today Blog by Eric Slack

By Eric Slack, Monday, April 6th 2020

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This second in a series of articles, on making hybrid cloud a reality, looks at Google Anthos, how it works, the deployment options, how it compares with AWS Outposts and who should consider it. Read the first installment here.  The...

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AWS Outposts: Enabling Hybrid Cloud – ITPro Today Blog by Eric Slack

By Eric Slack, Wednesday, March 11th 2020

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In the first of a series of articles on methods for making hybrid cloud a reality, we examine AWS Outposts, explaining how it works, how it compares cost-wise with non-hybrid AWS cloud services and who should consider it. On paper,...

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How Technology Trends are Changing CI and HCI Solutions – ITPro Today Blog by Eric Slack

By Eric Slack, Wednesday, February 19th 2020

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From AI and advanced analytics to edge computing, containers and more – today's top technology trends are bringing new life to converged and hyperconverged infrastructure solutions. There are several big technology trends whose impact is being felt throughout the data...

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Storage Briefings Roundup: Computational Storage, Micro Edge – ITPro Today Blog by Eric Slack

By Eric Slack, Monday, January 13th 2020

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Evaluator Group looks back at 2019 storage briefings, highlighting four products in three technology areas (computational storage, software-defined servers and micro edge computing). As an analyst with Evaluator Group, I receive storage industry briefings several times a week. While many are...

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Digital Transformation Drives Converged Infrastructure Solutions – ITPro Today Blog by Eric Slack

By Eric Slack, Wednesday, November 27th 2019

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The same IT trends that create challenges for CIOS are also driving their suppliers to come out with products and technologies that can help. Some of the latest converged infrastructure solutions include the use of automation, machine learning, microservices and...

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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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