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Introduction

The way that infrastructure spend is distributed has become bifurcated between discrete components – such as storage, server, and networking – and converged solutions.

Highlights

  • HCI solutions are just one part of a bigger transformation that is happening in business models as organizations look to become digital enterprises. Certain technologies play a more significant role in this transformation than others.
  • HCI still has a number of technical challenges that organizations wishing to deploy it must consider and resolve; one is how the HCI solutions connect to the corporate network.
  • The range of HCI solutions now on the market has seen the large vendors such as Cisco, Dell EMC, Fujitsu, and HPE bring solutions to market.

Features and Benefits

  • Storage is one of the most contentious aspects of HCI
  • Networking is the biggest challenge when it comes to deploying a hyper-converged cluster
  • Understand if the financial model for HCI support the hype?
  • Learn about why the secondary activities such as support and maintenance should not be overlooked
  • Discover how the market is changing and why Nutanix’s build to order approach is now being copied by some competitors

Key questions answered

  • Learn why Cisco HyperFlex is a generation 2.0 HCI solution with networking designed in as part of its core architecture
  • Understand why Dell EMC/VMware enables the bridge from HCI appliance to rack-based solutions
  • Discover what is behind HPe's cloud options for both AWS and Microsoft Azure making its HCI a cloud-in-a-box
  • Understand how SimpliVity with OmniCube solutions ranges from remote office branch office (ROBO) use cases to ultra-high performance models designed for cloud providers
  • Learn why Scale Computing targets the SME customer with the simplicity of HyperCore

Table of contents

Summary

  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages

Recommendations

  • Recommendations for enterprises
  • Recommendations for vendors

Understanding the hyper-converged infrastructure

  • Storage is one of the most contentious aspects of HCI
  • Networking is the biggest challenge when it comes to deploying a hyper-converged cluster

Practical considerations of deploying HCI are mostly non-technical in nature

  • Does the financial model for HCI support the hype?
  • The secondary activities such as support and maintenance should not be overlooked

Leading vendor solutions

  • Cisco HyperFlex is a generation 2.0 HCI solution with networking designed in as part of its core architecture
  • Dell EMC/VMware enables the bridge from HCI appliance to rack-based solutions
  • Fujitsu Integrated System PRIMEFLEX based on PRIMERGY servers includes HCIs for general and specific use cases
  • HPE provides cloud options for both AWS and Microsoft Azure, making its HCI a cloud-in-a-box
  • Nutanix’s build-to-order approach is now being copied by some competitors
  • Scale Computing targets the SME customer with the simplicity of HyperCore

Appendix

  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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