Disaggregated HCI Becomes a Thing

| June 25, 2019

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One of the challenges of putting out an innovative product like NetApp® HCI is that it differs from existing market definitions. We’ve had plenty of discussions over the last few years about “what is HCI?” and “where do converged and hyperconverged infrastructures begin and end?” These conversations were interesting, but they didn’t help customers solve their challenges. To that end, IDC has announced a new “disaggregated” subcategory of the HCI market in its most recent Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker.  IDC is expanding the definition of HCI to include a disaggregated category with products that allow customers to scale in a non-linear fashion, unlike traditional systems that require nodes running a hypervisor. We’re excited that this new perspective on the market will assist customers in evaluating HCI systems to address their business challenges. A bit of history on our approach to simplifying infrastructure for our customers. Our team approached HCI by taking a long look at how the industry was meeting the needs of customers wanting to simplify their infrastructure. The HCI pioneers blazed trails along these lines by tightly coupling compute and storage with the hypervisor.

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