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Mapping the Hyperconverged Market: Comparing Four Key Architectural Decisions and Nine Competitors

Published: 25 April 2017

ID: G00324461

Analyst(s): Paul Delory


In the rapidly maturing hyperconvergence market, technical professionals must choose from a proliferation of different delivery models, architectures and design patterns. This research illuminates four key architectural decisions and provides head-to-head comparisons of nine hyperconverged products.

Table Of Contents



  • Defining "Hyperconvergence" and Dispelling Myths
  • Design Decision 1: Deployment Model
    • Appliance Versus OEM, Versus Reference Architecture, Versus Software Only
    • A Word of Caution for Buyers
    • Hyperconvergence Vendors Head to Head
  • Design Decision 2: Distributed Systems Safety
    • Consistency Versus Performance
    • Consistency Versus Availability
    • Hyperconvergence Vendors Head to Head
  • Design Decision 3: Software-Defined Compute and System Management Technologies
    • Non-VMware Hypervisors
    • New Versus Existing Management Tools
    • Hyperconverged Vendors Head to Head
  • Design Decision 4: Data Locality and Replication
    • Erasure Coding Versus Block Replication
    • The Data Locality Dilemma
    • Hyperconverged Vendors Head to Head


The Details

  • Hyperconvergence: From Three Tier to SDDC
  • More on Distributed Systems Safety
  • From CAP to PACELC

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