Gartner Research

How to Determine When Hyperconverged Integrated Systems Can Replace Traditional Storage

Published: 15 January 2016

ID: G00292287

Analyst(s): Julia Palmer , Stanley Zaffos

Summary

Hyperconverged integrated systems are all the IT rage these days as vendors tout "data center in the box" benefits. This research will help I&O leaders distinguish the differences in HCIS and traditional storage deployment strategies, and will provide them with selection guidelines.

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  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • HCIS' current lack of integration with existing traditional infrastructures causes I&O leaders to position it as silo deployments within enterprise data centers
  • As a result of workloads and economic analyses, I&O leaders often deploy HCIS alongside existing server/storage infrastructures, resulting in an additional data center platform
  • Most users do not go through formal HCIS benchmarking and technical evaluation processes to uncover differences in storage design and hardware implementation that result in unquantified HCIS storage efficiency, performance and ownership costs
  • The migration of existing workloads onto HCIS is likely to make I&O leaders to update their existing vendor agreements, SLAs, data center design, backup and disaster recovery strategies, staffing and organization responsibilities

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