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Deploying Hyperconverged Integrated Systems: Eight Great Use Cases

Published: 07 May 2015

ID: G00273581

Analyst(s): Paul Delory


Hyperconverged integrated systems (from Nutanix, SimpliVity and Nimboxx, among other vendors; plus products such as EVO:RAIL and VSPEX Blue) promise a more modular, agile data center. But HCIS isn't right in all use cases. Here are eight use cases that make the most of HCIS, plus where to find more.

Table Of Contents


  • Introduction to Hyperconvergence
  • Introduction to Use Cases


  • Understanding Hyperconvergence
    • The Technology
    • The Market
  • The Promise and the Pain
    • The New Architectural Model and the 'High-Resolution Infrastructure'
    • Price: A Word of Caution
    • Simplified Data Services
    • Centralized Management
    • Agility on the Road to Bimodal IT
  • Finding the Right Workload
  • First-Order Use Cases
    • Use Case: Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
    • Use Case: Server-Based Computing
    • Use Case: Data Migration
  • Second-Order Use Cases
    • Use Case: Private Cloud
    • Use Case: Remote Office/Branch Office and Micro Data Centers
    • Use Case: Relational Databases
    • Use Case: Hadoop
    • Use Case: Dedicated Application Infrastructure


  • Recommendations for Deployment
  • Recommendations for Evaluation
  • Recommendations for Management and Procurement

The Details

  • Hyperconvergence in Context
    • HCIS Versus Traditional Infrastructure
    • HCIS Versus Other Integrated Systems
    • HCIS Versus Software Hyperconvergence
    • The Continuum of Integrated Systems
  • Hyperconvergence as a Platform
  • Toward a TCO Analysis
  • Hyperconverged Agility

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