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    Architecting the Hyperconverged Data Center

    [dropcaps type='square' color='#ffffff' background_color='#e04646' border_color='']D[/dropcaps]ata centers are dynamic, complex, and sometimes even chaotic. As business needs evolve, so does the data center, with IT staff working hard to ensure that the operating environment is sufficiently robust. Hyperconverged infrastructure starts to change the mechanics behind how these efforts are carried out… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
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    Introduction to Hyperconverged Infrastructure

    [dropcaps type='square' color='#ffffff' background_color='#e04646' border_color='']I[/dropcaps]n recent years, it seems like technology is changing faster than it used to in decades past. As employees devour newer technologies such as smartphones, tablets, wearables, and other devices, and as they become more comfortable with solutions such as Dropbox and Skype, their demands on enterprise IT intensify.… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
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    How does using hyperconverged infrastructure change my hardware refresh cycle?

    One of the more painful aspects of enterprise IT is that thanks to Moore’s Law, data center administrators find themselves replacing hardware every couple of years… Read More

    By James Green
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    Hyperconvergence Explained

    How do the storage features of a hyperconverged platform compare to my legacy storage platform?

    [dropcaps type='square' color='#ffffff' background_color='#e04646' border_color='']T[/dropcaps]his question is, understandably, commonly coming from a storage administrator who is just positive this hyperconverged widget can’t keep up with his or her beloved monolithic storage array… Read More

    By James Green
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    What is the potential scale of hyperconverged infrastructure?

    At inception, hyperconverged infrastructure had some limited use cases, simply due to immaturity. This is expected with any new technology; when x86 virtualization first became mainstream, it had a limited use case until it could be fine-tuned. But as the architecture matures and different vendors perfect little pieces of the puzzle, HCI begins to be applicable to most use cases and most organizations… Read More

    By James Green
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    What applications can be run on hyperconverged infrastructure?

    [dropcaps type='square' color='#ffffff' background_color='#e04646' border_color='']I[/dropcaps]n the world of enterprise IT, “high performance” has traditionally been synonymous with “complex.” It has been necessary to tolerate certain levels of complexity to gain the highest performing solution possible.… Read More

    By James Green
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    Hyperconvergence Explained

    How do I migrate from my legacy platforms to hyperconverged?

    [dropcaps type='square' color='#ffffff' background_color='#e04646' border_color='']O[/dropcaps]ne of the scariest parts about embracing a paradigm shift in the data center is attempting to migrate systems to the new way of doing things. For a few customers, a fairly high amount of risk in the data center is tolerable. But for the rest of the world,… Read More

    By James Green
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    Hyperconvergence Explained

    What if I need more compute, but not more storage (or vice versa)?

    [dropcaps type='square' color='#ffffff' background_color='#e04646' border_color='']T[/dropcaps]his question is possibly the most common question newcomers ask when considering the prospect of hyperconverged infrastructure. And it’s certainly a valid question… Read More

    By James Green
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    What does ‘Hyperconvergence’ mean, exactly?

    [dropcaps type='square' color='#ffffff' background_color='#e04646' border_color='']H[/dropcaps]yperconvergence as a technology is in the buzzword stage, much the way “cloud” was half a decade ago. People want to know about it, and vendors ask whether you’re thinking about it. In the same way the (still) rather ambiguous term “cloud” needs to be defined, the question that is always hovering over HCI (hyperconverged infrastructure) conversations is: “What does ‘hyperconvergence’ mean, exactly?”… Read More

    By James Green