Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) has made substantial inroads in enterprise environments, and vendors have responded with new use cases and purchasing scenarios, including an emerging deployment option: HCI as a service.
Conventional HCI combines servers, storage and network resources into a single box, providing adopters with a gateway to simplified, centralized data-center management. HCI as a service (HCIaaS) ups the ante by enabling data-center operators to adopt HCI in a manner that promises to reduce both operational and financial overhead.
Several HCI vendors, including VMware, Nutanix, Dell, and HPE, offer a managed service option, says Naveen Chhabra, a senior analyst at IT research firm Forrester. “It basically turns the capital expenditure and one-time investment into an [operating expense],” Chhabra says. “In most cases, the vendor will also manage the HCI’s day-to-day operations.”
Source:: Network World – Data Center