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RED HAT TAKES ON VMWARE, NUTANIX FOR HYPERCONVERGED STORAGE
Hyperconverged infrastructure has been with us for a while now, and it looks like the technology is still a growing market, if analyst figures can be believed. A recent survey from IDC found that revenue from hyperconverged systems grew 78.1 percent year-on-year for the second quarter of 2018, generating $1.5 billion worth of sales, while the hyperconverged segment now accounts for at least 41 percent of the overall converged systems market. What this tells us is that hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is turning out to be an attractive proposition for a much broader range of use cases within organizations than the niche areas it was originally created to address, which included providing the infrastructure for operating a virtual desktop environment for employees. There are numerous reasons for this. The hyperconverged model integrates both compute and storage resources into a single appliance-like node, which serves as a kind of building block for infrastructure; to scale, you just add more nodes, which delivers more compute power and more storage simultaneously. This is because storage is pooled across all the nodes, doing away with the need for a SAN, and with a clever software management layer taking care of everything, HCI can be less costly to operate than traditional infrastructure.
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