In our data-driven world, data creation is rampant. As the breadth and depth of data increase, and technology evolves and advances, a time-saving, scalable, agile solution that can adapt and mold to the shape of the future is key for a business to remain relevant and competitive.  


Interest in HCI systems (HCIS) is growing as organizations of all sizes and market verticals seek to simplify, speed up delivery, improve manageability and staff productivity, and satisfy user demand for higher availability, performance, and storage capacity on tight IT budgets and with lean resources. We believe this is why digital transformation tops the agenda for many organizations. 


Before signing on the dotted line and launching a data center transformation with HCIS, it’s important to understand the major differences between HCIS and traditional three-tier solutions. 


Three-tier solutions can select from a broader range of options in storage and servers, and they have the option to customize and scale storage and compute needs independently and as needed. However, three-tier storage is not designed for distributed applications, and it requires more time and resources to integrate and refresh storage and compute. 


HCIS is seamless, simple, and almost effortless to deploy. It has built-in enterprise-grade features and infrastructure management tools; management and expansion are supervised by general cloud administrators. HCIS is available in many hardware combinations, giving customers a personalized product and unparalleled quality of service.  


When deployed correctly, for appropriate workloads and with the right deployment model, HCIS is a powerful architectural choice that can modernize and transform legacy data centers. Given the rate at which data grows, and the speed of technological evolution, HCIS is future-ready.    


In September 2017, Gartner published a report on how to decide between traditional three-tier storage and hyper converged integrated systems. This report discusses the impacts and recommendations for deciding whether hyper converged integrated systems can replace traditional storage. We believe that Gartner recognized NetApp as an HCIS vendor in this market because of its ease of deployment, data resiliency, and scalability.  


To learn more about the differences between hyper converged integrated systems and traditional three-tier storage, and their effect on a business, read the Gartner report.

Caitlin Knight

Caitlin is a social content creator for NetApp’s Cloud Infrastructure marketing team. Working alongside the content strategy and the social media teams, Caitlin creates content that is paramount to helping customers understand how to harness the power of their data.