The Evaluator Group Hyperconverged Infrastructure Evaluation Guide is part of a series of Evaluation Guides designed to help evaluate storage technology alternatives. These guides are for IT professionals seeking a neutral, objective discussion of the design considerations behind new products, technologies, and trends. Evaluator Group Evaluation Guide series are not vendor-sponsored, but offered as part of a paid subscription. They are developed based on our review of technology options and strategic analysis of how they can best be used in today’s information storage environments.
Instead of ranking product offerings, an exercise that ignores the uniqueness of each IT environment, Evaluator Group provides a wide range of data points from which to base a detailed evaluation. With this information Evaluator Group recommends IT professionals review their requirements, starting with this guide and the associated materials available, and use our team of experts to help make selections.
This Evaluation Guide plus the associated Interactive Comparison Matrix, Product Briefs and Product Analyses, are designed to assist potential buyers in understanding the options and products available and to help match requirements to the available technology choices.
The Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) Evaluation Guide will briefly explain what an HCI appliance is and then detail its advantages and disadvantages in a typical IT environment to suggest when to consider deploying this technology. Then we will discuss specific features that help differentiate the many products available in this space and provide some useful evaluation questions.