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The Rise of Integrated IT Infrastructure Systems: Top Enterprise Use Cases

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    Hyper-Converged Infrastructure: The Consumable SDDC Building Block

    At the other end of the integrated systems spectrum from the enterprise-grade converged infrastructure solution sits the hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) appliance. HCI appliances provide low-threshold entry to cloud environments for enterprises not yet looking to make a wholesale transition to large-scale private cloud architecture. HCI features compute, networking and storage resources pooled in a software-centric design with a high degree of automation, running on commodity x86 hardware and packaged in a compact form factor. Each appliance has clearly defined capacity, so the IT organization can simply determine how much capacity the intended use cases require, buy as many appliances as are needed to achieve that capacity, and then stack these appliances together like building blocks in the data center.

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    Hyper-Converged Infrastructure: The Consumable SDDC Building Block

    At the other end of the integrated systems spectrum from the enterprise-grade converged infrastructure solution sits the hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) appliance. HCI appliances provide low-threshold entry to cloud environments for enterprises not yet looking to make a wholesale transition to large-scale private cloud architecture. HCI features compute, networking and storage resources pooled in a software-centric design with a high degree of automation, running on commodity x86 hardware and packaged in a compact form factor. Each appliance has clearly defined capacity, so the IT organization can simply determine how much capacity the intended use cases require, buy as many appliances as are needed to achieve that capacity, and then stack these appliances together like building blocks in the data center.

In response to workers' increasing demands for anytime, anywhere access to company data and applications, today's CIOs and CTOs are turning to integrated IT infrastructure systems – converged and hyper-converged infrastructure solutions – to support a data center transition to cloud computing models built on the principles of the software-defined data center (SDDC).

SDDC architecture provides the needed flexibility, availability and security to stay ahead of workers' expectations; ward off rogue incursions into shadow IT; and allow for easy, centralized management of all data center resources. Integrated systems support SDDC architecture with highly scalable, reliable and secure infrastructure solutions that can direct virtualized pools of compute, storage and networking resources wherever they are needed on demand.

In this slideshow, Skip Bacon, vice president, Products – Storage and Availability, VMware, and Bob Madaio, senior director, Infrastructure Platforms Marketing, Hitachi Data Systems, examine the advantages of integrated systems — including converged and hyper-converged infrastructure solutions — in delivering cloud agility, and explore the top use cases for integrated systems being adopted by enterprises today.