Hyperconverged Infrastructure - TBT Vlog #4

Christian Hall

Hyperconverged infrastructure is a software-defined IT infrastructure that virtualizes all of the elements of conventional "hardware-defined" systems. HCI generally includes virtualized computing, a virtualised SAN (Storage Area Network) and virtualized networking. HCI typically runs on commercial off-the-shelf servers and though the technology has been around a while, it's finally taking foothold in the industry. With a compound annual growth rate around 27%, HCI is one of the fastest growing markets in the data centre world.

Our resident expert Rick Maltby gives an overview of what constitutes hyperconverged infrastructure, how the major players are positioning their solutions and what the future may hold for this approach to conventional server systems. Watch the full video right here...

Hyperconverged infrastructure is sold on its simplicity and flexibility when compared with legacy solutions. The integrated storage systems, servers and networking switches are designed to be managed as a single system, as Rick explains. That flexibility means companies can start small and grow resources as required. Gartner predicts the market for hyperconverged integrated systems (HCIS) will reach nearly $5 billion – or 24% of the overall market for integrated systems – by 2019. It's no wonder the big systems vendors such as Cisco, Dell EMC and HPE have all entered the market in a big way, and it's an exciting time for HCI.

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