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July/August 2017, Vol. 6, No. 7

HCI appliances embrace containers, more flexible pricing

Hyper-converged infrastructure technology has enjoyed a good ride in only a short time since arriving on the IT scene. Made fashionable by Nutanix over the past several years, the technology's promise of tightly integrated hardware-software servers has captured the attention of many and the wallets of a growing number of corporate IT organizations. And that good ride should continue. Several market research firms are calling for between 20% and 30% growth through 2020, wiping out thousands of older, standalone Intel-powered and proprietary servers in the process. But in the hyper-competitive computing industry, the adage about change being the only constant remains a governing force. In the past year, a handful of startups and top-tier players have introduced container-driven bundles and more creative pay-as-you-go products that could replace the standard hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) appliances or at least determine a new delivery and support approach. Rethinking the hypervisor One such container-oriented product puts ...

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