NetApp HCI

Today, an enterprise data center can be one of the most complicated business environments, where hundreds, even thousands of servers must be monitored and maintained. Given that technology evolves and advances every day, your organization is probably looking to simplify your data center’s infrastructure.

 

Enter HCI.

 

Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solutions are getting attention—and for good reason. Similar to other converged systems offerings, HCI can consolidate key data center infrastructure technologies so that you can attain, deploy, manage, maintain and support them on a single system.

 

HCI continues to gain a lot of attention because of the technology’s ability to lower costs, escalate operational efficiency, minimize risk on initial deployment, and simplify common lifecycle tasks. In its early years, HCI was a success in midsize data centers, remote office or branch office (ROBO) environments, and targeted workloads. Recently, it has broadened use cases, and it has increased workload density and the deployment of mission-critical business applications.

 

When looking toward the future, one thing is certain. The creation of data is rampant, and the data center infrastructure market needs to keep pace. To keep up, you’ll need to shift to offerings that are defined by software and are server based, incorporate scale-out capabilities, and connect to the cloud. HCI and traditional infrastructures will need to come together to strengthen data center services with confidence.

 

At NetApp, we have brought our own experience from building the FlexPod® converged infrastructure solutions to the HCI market. NetApp HCI is an enterprise-scale hyper converged infrastructure that delivers predictable performance on a highly flexible and efficient architecture and is simple to deploy and manage. The NetApp Data Fabric vision enables you to manage data between on-premises and public cloud, delivering more integration value to the NetApp HCI solution.

 

HCI is evolving, advancing, and making waves. The barriers to early HCI architecture limitations are being broken, and more HCI options are coming to market. With the amalgamation of traditional infrastructures, and undeniable advantages of HCI, this combined force will revolutionize both the converged and hyperconverged markets.

 

IDC recently published an IDC Analyst Connection paper about HCI and the hyperconverged market. In the paper, IDC highlights what HCI is, how it is changing the way your organization can use your data center infrastructures, and what the future looks like for this hyperconverged solution.

 

To read more about HCI and how it is changing the future of data center infrastructure, read the IDC Analyst Connection paper.

Doug Chamberlain

Doug Chamberlain is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at NetApp, joining the company through the acquisition of SolidFire. The last two decades of his career in technology have been in the storage industry, with product management and product marketing roles in tape, disk, flash, and storage software solutions. He holds a BS in Economics and a Masters of Business Administration. Prior to joining SolidFire, Doug was a Principal Product Manager at Oracle, responsible for the ZFS Storage Appliance.