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Hyper-converged technologies: A viable alternative to the cloud

Advocates for hyper-convergence envision an important place for the technology in future data centers. Learn about the expanding uses for HCI and emerging markets.

Hyper-converged technologies find themselves in the midst of a technology tug of war.

The predominant IT trend over the past few years has been the migration of on-premises infrastructure and applications to cloud computing environments. But as it turns out, the traffic on the information superhighway isn't strictly one way. The cloud, as it exists today, isn't a good fit for every IT need. Some companies have actually embarked on reverse migrations, taking back IT resources from the cloud and running them in house again. In one recent survey, 40% of the respondents with experience in the public cloud said they have undertaken such "unclouding" projects -- moving workloads to on-premises facilities.

Against this backdrop, hyper-converged technologies have emerged as a key destination for those IT elements coming back home to the data center. The technology's proponents say hyper-converged infrastructure offers a price and performance edge with its all-in-one approach to IT. The sales pitch: Why buy and maintain compute and storage as separate components when you can purchase them in a single appliance? Throw in virtualization, management and connectivity, and you have the total package.

Enterprises of various sizes have bought into hyper-converged technologies, and that pattern seems set to continue despite the market's growing pains. Uses for hyper-converged infrastructure continue to expand. Niche markets including video game developers are now emerging. And the IT industry's largest vendors are committing to the market, as Hewlett Packard Enterprise's recent purchase of SimpliVity underscores.

This handbook aims to provide an overview of the hyper-converged infrastructure landscape. It's an intriguing technology and one that channel partners could well consider adding to their product and service portfolios.

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Other articles in this handbook:

Channel: Cost, speed among benefits of hyper-converged infrastructure
Channel partners active in hyper-converged infrastructure see an expanding set of use cases, although mission-critical applications may lag behind other HCI candidates. 

Partners: Citrix hyper-converged tech opens VDI to midrange clients
The Citrix Ready HCI Workspace Appliance Program, coupled with the company's Citrix Cloud, will open VDI opportunities among midmarket customers, Citrix channel partners said.

Video game industry: A hyper-converged infrastructure market
InData, a virtual and physical IT infrastructure partner, has discovered a hyper-converged infrastructure market in the video game industry.

This was last published in February 2017

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