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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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    Infrastructure Sizing: Hyperconverged vs. Traditional Infrastructure

    When it comes to hyperconverged infrastructure, one of the questions that gets asked is a pretty simple one: What is the difference between sizing a traditional data center environment as opposed to a data center based on hyperconvergence?… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
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    How is a hyperconverged platform managed?

    Over the past few years, the IT industry has noted an issue with something that could be called ‘management sprawl.’ Not in terms of business (although that happens too!) but in terms of the portals for managing a given technology. There was a period of time where every little item had its own management console, leading to confusion about where and how to manage things… Read More

    By James Green
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    Hyperconvergence Economics: How It Impacts the IT Budget

    Hyperconverged infrastructure has the potential to transform more than just the data center. By unlocking staff time and other resources, hyperconvergence can help your organization transform IT from a “keeping the lights on” cost center to a top-line revenue driver… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
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    Overcoming Inertia — Mitigating Hyperconvergence’s Perceived Challenges

    Not everyone is enamored with the potential for hyperconverged infrastructure. Some simply have no present need to re-examine data center operations. There are myriad reasons why respondents identified these challenges around hyperconverged infrastructure adoption.… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
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    Aligning Architecture and Priorities

    [dropcaps type='square' color='#ffffff' background_color='#e04646' border_color='']P[/dropcaps]erhaps one of the most enduring meta-conversations about IT in past decades has been around how well IT serves the needs of the business. Often referred to as “IT/business alignment” this conversation generally used to indicate when IT failed to meet the needs of the business… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
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    Test and Development Environments

    [dropcaps type='square' color='#ffffff' background_color='#e04646' border_color='']I[/dropcaps]t’s pretty clear that production environments enjoy premier status in most data centers. Production gets the fastest storage, the biggest servers, and all of the supporting services which make the application magic happen… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
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    Data Center Consolidation

    [dropcaps type='square' color='#ffffff' background_color='#e04646' border_color='']M[/dropcaps]ergers and acquisitions. Cost cutting. New business initiatives. There are all kinds of reasons why companies make the decision to consolidate data centers. Maybe your company undergoes explosive, barely controlled growth or they may decide to stop, take a pause, and reconsider how IT does business in their organization… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
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    Tier 1/Dedicated Application Support

    [dropcaps type='square' color='#ffffff' background_color='#e04646' border_color='']N[/dropcaps]ot every company needs to tear down their entire data center and replace everything with shiny new hyperconverged infrastructure appliances. The chances are pretty good that you can’t really do that even if you wanted to. However, you may have a single application that’s challenging you and needs to be tamed… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe