- Traditional siloed infrastructure makes it difficult for IT to deliver the cloud-like agility and functionality the organization demands.
- Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) can simplify workload deployment for organizations that do not have the resources or expertise to deploy a full infrastructure stack, especially smaller IT-led organizations.
- Organizations adopting HCI need to be aware of the possibilities of vendor and product lock-in from hyperconvergence, avoid it when possible, and ensure the solution fits organizational needs.
- The top HCI vendors started in storage. Enterprise-grade storage is at the heart of the leading hyperconverged vendors. Most of these vendors evolved into the integrated systems space, but developed their technology on enterprise-ready storage.
- Flash is more than storage caching. Flash cost continues to go down, while the capacity of flash continues to increase. Coupled with higher performance features like deduplication, all-flash HCI solutions are beginning to become the norm.
- Evaluate potential vendor lock-in. Hyperconvergence delivers integrated solutions that optimize software to all silos of infrastructure resources, potentially creating lock-in to a single vendor or solution. Identify interoperability issues and concerns before going all-in with an HCI vendor.
Impact and Result
- Explore the evolution of the hyperconverged infrastructure market and learn about the changes HCI can bring to your infrastructure.
- Evaluate the hyperconverged infrastructure products and vendors that will be able to meet your enterprise needs.
- Determine which products are most appropriate for your particular use case and scenario.
This guided implementation is a three call advisory process.
Guided Implementation #1 - Shortlist Assistance and Requirements
Call #1 - Get off to a productive start: Discuss the market space and how vendors are evaluated. Decide which platform suits you best and narrow down the options based on customized requirements.
Guided Implementation #2 - RFP and Budget Review
Call #1 - Interpret and act on RFP results: Review vendors’ RFPs and ensure the solution will meet your needs. Discuss average pricing of solutions and what can fit into your budget.
Guided Implementation #3 - Negotiation and Contract Review