Cloud-like Infrastructure at Scale: These Two Tech Titans are Investing Heavily in HCI

IT organizations want choices when it comes to technology, and that is driving new innovation in enterprise-class hyperconverged infrastructure.

Sal Icban | Solutions Architect | vCORE

I recently had the opportunity to attend two cutting-edge technology conferences: Dell Technologies World in Las Vegas and Nutanix .NEXT in New Orleans. Both are market leaders in the HCI space and continue to gain traction by pouring significant dollars into research and development as well as making strategic acquisitions.

Just look at the on-going rapid development of VMware’s vSAN software-defined storage solution (which is the basis of Dell EMC’s VxRAIL appliance), as well as Nutanix’s recent spending-spree to acquire companies in a bid to complete its multi-cloud and invisible infrastructure strategy.

My take: Smart move to keep up with cloud providers

I see this as a great move on the part of Nutanix, as they focus on blurring the lines between on-premise and off-premises resources. It has become increasingly apparent that companies are starting to embrace a “multi-cloud world,” and technology titans like Nutanix and Dell Technologies are looking to provide their customers with an operating model and experience much like AWS, GCP and Azure.

Those public cloud providers make it easy to swipe a credit card and spin up a plethora of IT resources on demand using a service portal that’s simple to use and operate. HCI manufacturers are now providing that same “cloud-like” simplicity and ease of use for workloads that are more-strategically kept on-premises.

Dell Technologies World drew tens of thousands of IT professionals to the Las Vegas Strip in early May.

In my opinion, VMware and Pivotal are the crown jewels in the Dell Technologies basket of goodies. When paired with Dell EMC’s legacy hardware business, they can provide the complete stack to transform IT operations by delivering these cloud native applications using a hybrid-cloud model.

Integrating these solutions and making it easier for the customer to purchase, deploy, configure and manage these technology stacks is crucial to their mass adoption in a world where AWS seems to be eating everyone’s lunch.

Customer benefit: More choices and innovation

What I have learned during my last 8 years in IT architecture is that customers want choices. Everybody wins when there are choices — and perhaps even more importantly — it drives innovation.

Cloud, IoT, AI, Machine Learning and all the other buzzwords you hear today are at the forefront of this technology revolution but are still very much in their infancy. The technology is still being developed (for the most part), and it will take time for it to be fully baked.

There is also a definite shortage of skill sets that match up with these new technologies, making it difficult for most companies to extrapolate the true value of their data. There is going to be a huge learning curve, but the companies willing to ramp up their efforts and disrupt their IT processes will reap the rewards and leapfrog the competition.

HCI offers cloud-like infrastructure at scale

The IT landscape is evolving, and sometimes it may feel like it’s in constant disarray with no clear path to standardization. HCI solutions from Dell EMC and Nutanix — and their supporting software stacks like vRealize Automation and CALM — can help accelerate the adoption of these next-generation technologies.

Flexible deployment options that mirror public cloud cost models are starting to catch on, and software that can broker workload-placement regardless of location, hypervisor, networking constraints as well as provide visibility to improve cost efficiencies is constantly improving. HCI solutions are quickly becoming the go-to platform for building out this cloud-like infrastructure at scale.

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