NetApp recently participated in Tech Field Day in Austin, Texas, where we introduced the three different hyper converged infrastructure (HCI) solutions in the market today and the relative strengths and weaknesses of each. The three HCI architectures include:

  • Hypervisor with storage in a virtual machine
  • Integrated hypervisor and storage
  • Independent hypervisor and storage

Gartner predicts that by 2020, at least 20% of all business-critical applications will have moved from traditional infrastructure to HCI. Don’t risk your most valuable resource—your data—before comparing the available HCI solutions and how each stacks up against the needs of your ever-changing business. Each of the three HCI architectures offers significant business benefits that include:

  • Ease of purchase
  • Simple setup
  • Consolidated management
  • Full-stack support
  • Pay-as-you-go economics

Although HCI solutions from different vendors offer a similar set of core business benefits, there are some significant architectural differences between solutions. As you evaluate HCI options to meet your next-generation data center needs, it is important to understand the differences between various HCI offerings before you choose a solution.


To help you uncover the advantages and disadvantages of the three approaches to HCI, we have developed a guide for you to complete a side-by-side comparison of the three available architectures. We are hoping to help you do more than just check the box. We’re here to help you find the right HCI solution for your business.


Download your guide to understanding the three approaches to HCI to discover how HCI architectures differ. You will see that the design choices made by each of the vendors in this space were influenced by how the products they were developing were going to come to market. This guide will help you look at each of the architectures and compare which design choices were best for time to market, hypervisor feature integration, or flexibility and scale. We encourage you to define the features that are important to you as part of your evaluation of HCI solutions. Create a score card to see how these architectures match up with your requirements.


Which HCI solution will you choose? Download your comparison report.

Get More Information

For a detailed technical discussion about the three architectures, watch the recent Tech Field Day presentation “NetApp Comparing HCI Architectures.” To learn more about NetApp HCI, visit

Troy Mangum

Troy Mangum has been in the IT industry for 17 years, with 13 years spent in Storage industry at EMC and NetApp. Troy is currently a Sr. Product Marketing Manager for NetApp HCI. Previously, Troy was the Sr. Technical Marketing Engineering Manager for Flexpod. Troy spread heads Flexpod solutions in emerging technology areas to include Hybrid Cloud solutions with AWS/Azure, Docker solutions, Flash solutions for Enterprise Applications like VDI, Private Cloud solutions like OpenStack Troy’s organization had the honor of winning ‘Best in Show for Cloud products’ at Citrix Synergy for their work on Netapp integrations for Apache Cloud stack.

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