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February 2017, Vol. 6, No. 2

Invest in HCI and SDN for a modern data center

A new year comes with a replenished IT budget and a fresh chance to think about how to improve your data center. Virtualization has allowed us to consolidate and improve hardware efficiency, but this is only the first step. Now it's time to implement a more modern data center. A good place to start is storage -- specifically your storage area network and network-attached storage frames. Time to refresh storage Big storage has had a central place in the modern data center for many years, and for good reason. Data storage needs have continued to grow; our consumption of data is at an unprecedented level, with no sign of slowing down. However, we have changed how we store and access that data. Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) has changed the server and storage hardware design at a scale that hasn't been seen since virtualization. As hardware components continue to shrink, it makes sense to combine storage, compute and networking in the same package. Some skeptics, however, remain unconvinced that HCI is ready for the enterprise...

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