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Modern HCI environment shaped by evolving IT priorities
This article is part of the Storage issue of August 2020, Vol. 18, No. 3
Hyper-converged infrastructure has been transforming data centers for approximately a decade, greatly simplifying IT infrastructure operations. In fact, HCI's many benefits help it rank as one of the more commonly identified IT modernization priorities of enterprises as cited by 24% of IT decision-makers in Enterprise Strategy Group's "2020 Technology Spending Intentions Survey" published in January 2020. In recent years, the challenges IT administrators face have increased significantly. Converging the multilayer, traditional, on-premises data center architecture through traditional hyper-converged technologies addresses only a small piece of the modern IT complexity challenges that now typically span multiple data centers and cloud providers. In response to this changing world, HCI vendors have evolved their products, making them more flexible and agile. Recognizing this progression -- and expanding your idea of what to expect from an HCI environment -- can help not just your IT organization, but your business as a whole. IT ...
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