Storage services: virtualization, containers, SDS and cloud

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Hyper-convergent systems should break up the separation of the individual systems – server, storage, network components – and make them accessible to a common administration, usually via a hypervisor. In the beginning, it was also about providing standardized and fully integrated building blocks for IT environments so that resources could be easily expanded by adding new building blocks. However, this seemingly simple building block concept has meanwhile been put into perspective in view of the different requirements of applications in terms of computing and storage capacity. It is usually possible to scale storage and computing power separately in some way.

This has not harmed the success of hyper-converged offerings. Today there is no longer a large infrastructure provider who does not have hyper-converged systems in their portfolio. Then there are newcomers like Datrium who try to win customers with special concepts.

The lion’s share of the hyper-convergence market is claimed by three companies: In addition to the multi-year number one Nutanix with its hypervisor Acropolis, which has since dropped to second or third place in the market ranking depending on the perspective, there are two winners: virtualization Nestor VMware from the Dell / EMC group and HPE.

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