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November 2, 2021

HCI: The “Super Infrastructure”

Enterprise Strategy Group

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GettyImages-525848837You know those people who seem to have more than 24 hours in a day? They simultaneously balance work, hobbies, family, friends, and health (somehow). These “super humans” do it all. And although those aspects of life are separate entities, they still affect one another and must be managed concurrently. A desire to continuously “do more” creates challenges in our lives – it adds complexity and requires us to find new ways to become more efficient. Similarly, IT teams are tasked with doing more with the limited resources and budget they are provided – all in a world in which IT environments are becoming more and more complex. Organizations strive to increase operational efficiency and speed while minimizing costs and downtime; but this is no easy feat.

According to ESG research, 3 in 4 respondents believe their IT environments to be more complex than they were 2 years ago.[1] With this heightened complexity comes an even greater need for solutions that can simplify, automate, and streamline IT operations. Like the “super humans” that can unify and balance all aspects of life so efficiently and smoothly, hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) blends the various components of your IT environment in order to streamline operations. Uniting compute, networking, storage, and (oftentimes) the ability to virtualize and connect to cloud environments, HCI can be considered the “super infrastructure.” It seems to do it all… effortlessly.

99% of organizations believed that HCI technology has made their IT environments more agile, and 53% of organizations identified increased productivity of IT staff as a means of cost savings with HCI, according to a new ESG research study.[2] With this agility and productivity, organizations can operate more quickly and IT teams can put a greater focus on their core business needs. Implementing HCI can save space, money, and headaches, and organizations are increasingly adopting the technology.

HCI is designed to meet organizations’ specific and varied needs, so finding the right solution can require extensive research. But by testing each solution and communicating the differentiated value propositions, the ESG Validation Team helps buyers to identify and better understand solutions that meet their requirements. To learn more about some of these solutions and narrow down your search, here are some Technical and Economic Validation reports, published in the last year: Azure Stack HCI, Dell EMC VxRail, HPE SimpliVity, NetApp HCI, Nutanix Cloud Platform, and Sunlight.

Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) is an IT analyst, research, validation, and strategy firm that gives the global IT community access to market intelligence and actionable insight. The Validation Team creates assets, such as Economic and Technical Validation Reports, videos, webinars, and more, that help to communicate the technological and economic value of IT products and solutions.


[1] Source: ESG Research Report, 2021 Technology Spending Intentions Survey, January 2021.

[2]Source: ESG Master Survey Results, Hyperconverged Infrastructure 2.0, October 2021.

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