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May 2020, Vol. 18, No. 2

How to mold HCI appliances to workload requirements

Before choosing a hyper-converged infrastructure appliance, you need to identify the workloads your organization plans to run and then determine whether the appliance offers the features and capabilities necessary to support those workloads. As part of this process, a number of factors should be evaluated, such as how easy it is to deploy and manage the system, how the system will be secured, its performance and capacity limitations, and how it integrates with third-party tools and services. Once this information is known, you can determine which HCI appliances will support your workloads in the short term and foreseeable future. Day-to-day operations Numerous vendors offer HCI appliances, and it can be difficult to differentiate one from the other. Start by evaluating workload-related factors, such as IOPS, latency, network throughput, CPU cycles and overall processing power. You need to understand how quickly a system will respond to application requests, especially as data loads and the number of users increase. You must also...

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