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The TCO of Premium Node Hardware for HCI

While the per node cost of using premium hardware in Hyperconverged Infrastructure 2.0 (HCI) is higher than the per node cost of using commodity hardware common to HCI 1.0, the total cost of ownership is significantly lower. The primary reason

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Using Workload Simulation to Justify the Shift to NVMe

The introduction of the non-volatile memory express (NVMe) storage protocol brings with it a new storage performance tier. Whereas older Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) and Advanced Technology Attachment (ATA) standards were designed for slower-performing hard disk drive (HDDs) and

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Storage Programmability: The Key to the Software-defined Data Center

The terms “software-defined data center” (SDDC) and “software-defined storage” (SDS) are commonly thrown around, typically being associated with the abstraction of core infrastructure functionality into a common software plane that can then be deployed on low-cost, commodity hardware. This definition

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Invisible Networking – The Missing Piece of the Hybrid Cloud Puzzle – Big Switch Networks Briefing Note

The majority of IT organizations today are contending with a fragmented mixture of on and off-premises infrastructure resources. This multi-cloud reality creates management complexity, and as a result, demands a “hybrid cloud” approach that provides integration, automated and single-pane-of-glass management,

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In Hyperconverged Infrastructure – The Hardware Matters

Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) vendors often talk about their software; in fact, an increasing number of them are claiming to be software vendors more so than hardware vendors. The HCI software stack is primarily made up of two components; a hypervisor

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Live Webinar: Does Your Data Center Need NVMe?

NVMe storage systems and NVMe networks promise to reduce latency further and increase performance beyond what SAS based flash systems and current networking technology can deliver. To take advantage of that performance gain, however, the data center must have workloads

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HCI 2 Stays Simple

One of the promised benefits of hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is simplicity coming from the convergence of computing, networking, and storage into a single tier and from the ease of scale by “just adding a node.” Half of the promise is

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Fifteen Minute Friday: Will the Software Defined Data Center Ever Happen?

Software Defined Data Centers (SDDC) leverage intelligent software to manage commodity hardware to create a flexible data center that meets performance and capacity requirements while simplifying operations and reducing overall data center costs. While the vision of SDDC sounds ideal

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HCI 2.0 Delivers Enterprise Class Performance

One of the initial appeals of hyper-converged infrastructure is its use of commodity hardware which in theory lowers costs. The reality is that most commodity hardware isn’t able to fully utilize high-performance CPUs, internal connectivity and high-performance NVMe media, which

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Enterprise HCI Requires Enterprise Data Protection – HYCU 3.5 Briefing Note

Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) solutions like Nutanix are improving their ability to support enterprise applications like SAP-HANA. The broader the application and workload that an HCI solution can support, the better the return on investment and the more it lives up

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