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Embracing Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

why_enterprises_HCI_V1According to the latest free ebook from VMware on the subject:

Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) revolutionizes the data center, bringing all the benefits of server virtualization to storage. It is composed of two essential elements: hyper-converged infrastructure software and industry-standard hardware. Together they provide the performance, flexibility, and efficiency that budget-conscious, resource-starved IT departments crave.

Download your free copy today to learn how with HCI powered by VMware vSAN, you can:

Evolve Without Risk

  • Seamlessly extend virtualization to storage and enjoy the best integration with vSphere features like DRS and vMotion
  • Continue to leverage the large and proven ecosystem of VMware partners
  • Protect current investments in storage infrastructure with policy-based management

Reduce TCO

  • Lower total cost of ownership by 50% or more with CapEx and OpEx savings
  • Accelerate responsiveness to traditionally timeconsuming tasks with analytics and automation
  • Achieve predictable performance and cost with grow-as-you-go scaling

Scale to Tomorrow

  • Prepare for business in the multi-cloud era
  • Support a wide range of traditional and next-gen apps
  • Use a common storage platform as a steppingstone to the cloud

Free eBook Shows How to Advance Your Career with HCI

HCI StackMany organizations are turning to hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) as a smart alternative when architecting a modern data center due to its reduced management complexity, increased agility, and lower costs.

But while moving to HCI can help ease the burden on IT professionals, it does bring along potential job roles changes. The impact varies at every level, but this free eBook can help you anticipate and take advantage of this transition to advance your career.

The free eBook explores:

  • How HCI acts as a change agent for IT career paths
  • How HCI creates a shift in day-to-day responsibilities
  • Ideas on what your job will look like in the future
  • How you can take advantage of these changes and stay relevant

Download your copy here.

The Promise of Software‐Defined Storage (SDS)

Hyper Converged Infrastructure for DummiesTogether with Intel, VMware has released a new ebook covering virtualized storage, Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI), and vSAN.

Hyper‐Converged Infrastructure for Dummies by Michael Haag shows you the ways HCI evolves how compute, storage, and management are delivered and provisioned to help you cut operational and capital costs, increase IT and business agility, and improve application performance.

Chapters explore common use cases, abstraction paths to software defined storage (SDS), getting started, and 10 reasons you’re going to love HCI. As Haag puts it:

Basically, SDS puts the application and its requirements at the top of the IT hierarchy. Now storage can respond to dynamic changes in application requirements.

SDS uses policies to create a just‐in‐time model for storage service delivery. Storage assets and capabilities aren’t configured and assigned to specific applications until they’re needed. Should the policy change, the storage environment responds with the requested new service level.

What matters are the needs of your business. In an age of digital everything and cloud‐savvy end users, you need to quickly deploy IT applications that dynamically adjust storage services so you deliver consistently great performance. SDS helps you get there today.

SDS creates a compelling opportunity for your IT team to fundamentally reenvision how data is stored and managed. Through the introduction of new technologies and associated operational models, you can get ahead of rising storage costs and deliver better and more tailored storage services.

SDS allows you to precisely and automatically match storage supply to application demand.

Download your free copy today.

Accelerating Business-Critical Applications

HCS for BCAs BriefThe performance of Business-Critical Applications (BCAs) such as database processing, email servers, and Web 2.0 workloads can help separate your company from the competition. But as you move to more virtualized systems keeping them running smoothly comes with its own set of challenges.

  1. BCAs are increasingly more complicated to manage than non-critical applications.
  2. BCAs demand high levels of availability and reliability that have traditionally required expensive storage systems.
  3. BCAs can have higher cost of ownership expenses due to dedicated hardware.

This free brief from the VMware Hyper Converged Infrastructure team explores these issues in more detail, along with:

  • Benefits of Running BCAs on VMware Hyper-Converged Software
  • Why VMware Hyper-Converged Software?
  • What is VMware Virtual SAN?
  • Delivering Scalability for Microsoft Exchange
  • Boosting Performance for Web 2.0 Applications
  • Shouldering Workloads for SAP IQ
  • Improving Application Performance with VMware Virtual SAN

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How to Select an HCI

A hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) offers your organization several benefits by collapsing storage, compute, networking and management. But like any new technology, picking the best solution involves comparing vendors across a standard set of criteria. VMware recommends focusing on five key characteristics:

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By ranking and evaluating HCI solutions against each of these criteria, you can choose the option that meets your needs but still allows for future growth. Our free buyers guide PDF goes into more detail on each of these five areas – and even provides a worksheet you can use during your research phase. Check it out today.