Hyper-Converged Infrastructure In Hyperdrive
The hyper-converged infrastructure market is not only growing fast, it is changing fast. While some vendors are content to emphasize the hardware and software capabilities of their appliances, which is fine because this is a market that is still going through its growth spurt, others are starting to branch away into new areas. Nutanix, for instance, at its recent .NEXT conference, did not introduce a new version of its hyper-converged infrastructure appliance, but instead unveiled new ways to embrace the technology in the cloud. And NetApp, in its initial hyper-converged infrastructure offering, focused on its SolidFire all-flash storage technology and its position as a leading provider of storage that spans on-premises and cloud.
CRN has collected information on 11 of the coolest hyper-converged infrastructure offerings introduced in the first half of 2017. This list is unique also in the fact that it was limited to offerings that allowed the running of general-purpose applications, rather than just simple storage functionality.
(For more on the "coolest" of 2017, check out "CRN's Tech Midyear In Review.")