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Hyperconverged Systems Don't Preclude the Need for Data Protection (Video)

Posted: September 08, 2017   /   By: Terri McClure   /   Tags: Data Protection, Jason Buffington, Converged Infrastructure, HCI, hyperconverged infrastructure, VMworld 2017

Terri_Jason_VMworld.jpgAs I said in my pre-VMworld blog - I have a love/hate relationship with the conference. It didn't disappoint - it was a wild and crazy few days and a veritable who's who of the tech industry. There were plenty of announcements from VMware (most notably its efforts with AWS and Google, as well as vSAN momentum), partners like Pivot3 (new partner programs and NVMe-based solutions), Dell EMC (new VxRack and Rail solutions), Lenovo (ThinkAgile VX Series and cloud reference architecture) - I think I could go on with this list for a very long time!

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Looking Forward to VMworld

Posted: July 24, 2017   /   By: Terri McClure   /   Tags: VMware, VMworld, Converged Infrastructure, hyperconverged infrastructure

end_of_summer.jpgVMworld is coming at us fast. I always approach VMworld with mixed feelings. First, I love it because it gives me the opportunity to talk with lots of people on the vendor and IT professional fronts. It's one of the best and biggest trade shows I attend. It is a veritable who's who in the IT technology infrastructure world, and for both vendors and those that manage IT infrastructure. But I hate it because it marks the end of summer. It's back-to-school season, and even though I don't have kids, I somehow still think of back-to-school season as the end of fun times and the beginning of work - and it turns out it's the same in the tech world! This is the beginning of fall trade show season, which means less time at the beach, more time on the road, and the beginning of cooler weather. But enough of that - let's talk about my VMworld expectations and why I am really looking forward to the show. 

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What's .NEXT for Nutanix?

Posted: June 27, 2017   /   By: Terri McClure   /   Tags: nutanix, Converged Infrastructure, hyperconverged, hyperconverged infrastructure

event_speaker.jpgThis week Nutanix kicks off .NEXT, its annual user conference. I'm looking forward to it because it provides such a great opportunity to catch up with many Nutanix customers, partners, and executives in a very short time. I have to be careful not to get lost in the echo chamber though—when I attended my first .NEXT last year, it was a bit surreal. It was like being at a cult meeting—Nutanix users I spoke with were seriously enthusiastic about the Nutanix experience!

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The Ultimate in Convergence: Looking Ahead to Dell EMC World

Posted: May 01, 2017   /   By: Terri McClure   /   Tags: Converged Infrastructure, Dell EMC World, hyperconverged infrastructure

The changes I've witnessed at EMC over the years, first as a competitor, then as an employee, and now as an analyst, have been profound. I put 11 years of my heart and soul into the company, joining when there were less than 4,000 employees and leaving when there were tens of thousands. And even though I'd been gone for about 8 years when Dell acquired EMC, and even though the joining of these two behemoths makes tremendous sense from a business standpoint, it was still somewhat bittersweet to see it happen. But it had to happen. The competitive environment demanded it. Convergence is the way of the future. Dell's server business and EMC's storage business pair beautifully--add VMware in the mix and and you have all the infrastructure pieces to put together a next-gen, software-defined data center. There may be some weak spots, but the overall portfolio is tough to beat. 

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That was Fast! HPE Closes SimpliVity Acquisition

Posted: February 24, 2017   /   By: Terri McClure   /   Tags: nutanix, Simplivity, Converged Infrastructure, HPE, dell-emc, hyperconverged


GettyImages-588266018.jpgThat was fast! HPE only announced it planned to acquire hyperconverged software vendor SimpliVity on January 17, and it closed exactly one month later, on February 17. Why the hurry? Because they need to!

You can't let a market get away from you, and hyperconverged is a fast growing market. When ESG surveyed IT managers responsible for cloud infrastructure decisions, we learned that hyperconverged systems are playing a huge role in IT's plans. When ESG surveyed IT managers responsible for cloud infrastructure, we found that 85% of them are using or plan to adopt hyperconverged solutions. 

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What's in Store for Converged and Hyperconverged Systems in 2017? (Video)

Posted: February 02, 2017   /   By: Terri McClure   /   Tags: Converged Infrastructure, Converged, hyperconverged

hyper-converged_racks-1.jpgWe saw strong adoption of both converged and hyerconverged systems in 2016—and we expect that to continue into 2017. While converged systems have been out for a while and have strong market penetration, expect hyperconverged to come on strong this year as these systems continue to mature for tier-1 workload support. The strong performance of the Nutanix IPO certainly drove some attention on the hyperconverged side, as did the recent HPE buyout of SimpliVity

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Cloud Computing: Predictions for 2017 (Video) - Part 3!

Posted: February 02, 2017   /   By: Terri McClure   /   Tags: cloud, public cloud, private cloud, Converged Infrastructure, cloud networking, Converged, hyperconverged, Systems Management

cloud.jpgOne of the best parts of my job is that I get to work with very smart people, providing me with the opportunity to learn something new or look at things from new angles, every single day! Recently, I had the pleasure of hosting the anchor leg in the 2017 cloud computing predictions video roundtable, in which I asked cloud and networking analyst Dan Conde and systems management analyst Edwin Yuen about their thoughts on cloud trends in 2017 as they apply to converged and hyperconverged systems.

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Converged Vs. Hyperconverged Infrastructure: What's The Difference?

Posted: January 30, 2017   /   By: Dan Conde   /   Tags: Cloud Computing, Converged Infrastructure, hyperconverged infrastructure, Cloud Platforms & Services

hyper-converged_racks.jpgTraditionally, the responsibility of assembling IT infrastructure falls to the IT team. Vendors provide some guidelines, but the IT staff ultimately does the hard work of integrating them. The ability to pick and choose components is a benefit, but requires effort in qualification of vendors, validation for regulatory compliance, procurement, and deployment.

Converged and hyperconverged infrastructure provide an alternative. In this blog, I'll examine how they evolved from the traditional infrastructure model and compare their different features and capabilities.

 

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HPE Acquires SimpliVity as the Market (Hyper)Converges

Posted: January 19, 2017   /   By: Terri McClure   /   Tags: Simplivity, Converged Infrastructure, HPE, HCI

acquisition.jpgAs you've probably heard by now, HPE announced this week that it intends to acquire hyperconverged infrastructure vendor SimpliVity. This is a definitively good move for HPE. The deal certainly isn't as big as Dell EMC, but it does have far reaching portfolio implications for HPE and its customers and it puts HPE in a much stronger position to take on Dell EMC. HPE now brings more value to the discussion and this aligns with their higher level strategy of focusing on “stack” value.

For IT professionals this is a certainly a win.  HPE is going to bring this to market with force and that will result in more competition, better support and improved buyer leverage.

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Driving Infrastructure Value (includes Video)

Posted: December 19, 2016   /   By: Mark Peters   /   Tags: Storage, hybrid cloud, Converged Infrastructure, infrastructure, build or buy

 

101076902.jpgAs a lover of analogies I often find that I am using comparisons to cars and other vehicles in this job; having spent decades concentrating on the data storage market it has consistently been convenient to compare various product releases to various car brands and/or types - thus we can see Rolls Royce or Toyota Camry type products, or perhaps compare the general purpose attributes of an SUV-type storage system against those of something more akin to the storage equivalent of a sports car or truck. Everyone uses cars - and vehicular transport more generally - and so it's a very easy and colorful way to get the point across.

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