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The 10 Biggest Data Center News Stories Of 2018

CRN breaks down the biggest news stories of 2018 from the rise of software-defined data centers and hyper-converged infrastructure to innovations from Dell Technologies and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

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9. HCI Hits Mainstream

The hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) market matured at a blistering speed in 2018 with annual revenue hitting an all-time high, including $1.5 billion in sales for the second quarter, up a whopping 78 percent year over year. HCI offerings made substantial inroads into a broader set of use cases and deployment options this year. The innovation engines were roaring as vendors like Nutanix, Dell EMC, Cisco, Pivot3 and HPE expanded their strategies to better embrace hybrid and multi-cloud and provide more compute-only, storage-only and software-defined networking options. HCI is reducing data center complexity and being leveraged more to support business-critical enterprise applications from companies including Microsoft, Oracle and SAP. Demand for HCI will undoubtedly continue to increase in 2019 as server, storage and networking silos begin to fade away.

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