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    HCI vs. Traditional IT and Converged Infrastructure: Who Wins?

    What are the differences between traditional IT infrastructure, Converged Infrastructure (CI), and Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI)? More than just a set of pros and cons, what are the fuzzy grey areas in between and overlapping these three approaches to IT infrastructure? The Internet is litt… Read More

    By Trevor Pott
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    Hyperconverged Infrastructure Pros and Cons

    What are the pros and cons of Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI)? While a straightforward question, the answer is less so. There are many HCI vendors on the market. Non-HCI infrastructure choices have also caught up to HCI for some use cases, further blurring the lines. In attempting to define the… Read More

    By Trevor Pott
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    The Layers of Hyperconvergence

    When I’m talking with clients about hyperconverged systems, I’m often surprised at their misconceptions about what it really is, especially their belief that new forms of hardware are doing all the heavy lifting. While it’s true that modular system design, very high speed internal networks, as… Read More

    By Dan Kusnetzky
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    Disaster Recovery to the Cloud

    The current IT goal for many organizations is “something… something… cloud computing.” The higher up the org chart one travels, the less specific anyone is on the details, but everyone agrees that cloud is important. How to get there is left as an exercise for systems administrators, and dis… Read More

    By Trevor Pott
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    What You Need to Know About Hyperconvergence Monitoring

    Every systems administrator knows that Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) is the cornerstone of IT. Without monitoring, alerting and analytics, even modest IT deployments can quickly get out of hand. Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is something of a black box, and this can create c… Read More

    By Trevor Pott
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    Hyperconvergence Is More Than Just Software-Defined Storage

    There are many companies claiming to offer Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) appliances or installable software solutions.  The diversity of options in this segment means solutions claiming to be HCI can look radically different.  So just what is HCI? At its most basic HCI is a solution wherein… Read More

    By Trevor Pott
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    Isn’t Linear Scaling Wasteful?

    In conversations with my customers surrounding hyperconvergence, some of the sharper folks will ask an important question about the hyperconvergence model… Read More

    By James Green
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    Is being 100% virtualized a requirement for hyperconvergence?

    One question that often arises when talking about hyperconvergence is one around whether organizations have to take an all or nothing approach to the technology. Do you need to jump in feet first and rip and replace your existing services, or is there a middle ground somewhere between rip/replace and maintaining the status quo?… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
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    Is Storage + Dense Server Considered Hyperconverged?

    Question: Is a [Storage Vendor Name] + dense server implementation close enough to be considered 'hyperconverged'? What is and what isn’t considered a 'hyperconverged' infrastructure?… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe