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How to Decide If Hyperconverged Integrated Systems Can Replace Traditional Storage

Published: 20 September 2017

ID: G00332398

Analyst(s): Stanley Zaffos, Julia Palmer

Summary

HCISs are all the IT rage these days as vendors tout the benefits of a "data center in the box." We help I&O leaders distinguish the differences in HCIS and traditional three-tier IT deployment strategies, and provide selection criteria and adoption guidelines.

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  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • HCIS' current lack of integration with existing traditional infrastructures or cloud management platforms causes I&O leaders to position them as silo deployments within large enterprise data centers
  • As a result of a variety of workloads and risk analyses, I&O leaders often deploy HCIS alongside existing three-tier server/storage infrastructures, resulting in an additional data center platform
  • A shortage of HCIS experts is preventing I&O leaders from conducting reliability and performance tests to uncover differences in efficiency, performance, availability and ownership costs of different HCIS vendor products
  • HCIS adoption is triggering I&O leaders to update network and data center designs, backup and disaster recovery strategies, organization responsibilities, and vendor agreements and SLAs

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