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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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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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