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Deploying Hyperconverged Integrated Systems: Eight Great Use Cases

Published: 29 November 2016

ID: G00317042

Analyst(s): Paul Delory


Hyperconverged integrated systems appliances (made by Nutanix, SimpliVity, DellEMC, Atlantis, Pivot3, Cisco and others) promise a more modular, agile data center. This assessment outlines eight use cases to help technical professionals utilize an HCIS and provides guidance on how to find others.

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: Virtual Machine Migration
  • Second-Order Use Cases
    • Use Case: Private and Hybrid 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
    • HCISs vs. Traditional Infrastructure
    • HCISs vs. Other Integrated Systems
    • HCIS vs. Software-Only Hyperconvergence
    • The Continuum of Integrated Systems
  • Hyperconvergence as a Platform
  • Toward a TCO Analysis
  • Hyperconverged Agility

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