This is the third year Evaluator Group has conducted a study into Hyperconverged Infrastructures or HCI. The initial study sought some basic information from IT professionals at large companies (1000 or more employees) that had deployed HCI or were evaluating or planning to evaluate an HCI solution. It asked which products they evaluated and/or deployed, the use cases they had in mind and what criteria were the most important in their decision to choose one HCI product over another.
It was clear from the first study that HCI had a place in large companies but it was not used for everything. So, in addition to asking what products were chosen and the use cases, last year’s study added questions about why not HCI; which workloads or use cases were not a good fit for this technology and what the reasons were for that determination.
The objectives of this year’s study were to compare products, decision variables, use cases and other specifics about HCIs in enterprise environments with last year’s data. Like last year, respondents were asked where they saw HCI as a good fit and where they did not, as well as what the primary drawbacks were to this technology. This year, questions about Converged Infrastructures (CI) were added, asking most of the same questions that were asked about HCI; which CI products they are using or evaluating, what use cases and attributes drove them to consider a Converged solution (or to NOT consider CI) and what characteristics of this technology were most important to their decision.
We also asked IT professionals who had familiarity with both CI and HCI products to rate the technologies based on a range of characteristics, performance, economics, resiliency, scalability, flexibility and simplicity. Comparisons were also made between CI and HCI use cases, drivers, decision factors and several other areas.
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