Best Hyperconverged Infrastructure Appliances – DCIG
* The licensing provider is listed at the beginning of each ranking category in which its products are included. One should not draw any negative inferences about any other products included in that ranking. ** OmniStack utilizes Cisco UCS, Dell EMC PowerEdge, HPE, Huawei, or Lenovo servers Products earning the Recommended ranking include the @Pivot3 @Acuity X-Series, @Dell EMC #VxRail Series, Dell EMC #XC63206, @HPE @SimpliVity #OmniCube CN-5400, CN-3400 and CN-2400, @Nutanix NX-8000, NX-6000, NX-3000 and NX-1000 Series. These products are generally distinguished from products ranked Excellent by the following characteristics: 70% of the Recommended products scale to at least 64 nodes in a cluster compared to 46% of products ranked Excellent Average 25TB/RU (terabyte per rack unit) of raw all-flash capacity, more than 2.5X the average of Excellent products Pivot3’s Acuity X-Series enables enterprise workload consolidation by integrating NVMe flash and rich QoS technology from its 2016 acquisition of NexGen. Acuity scales to 12 hybrid or 16 all-flash nodes-and up to 516.8 TB of raw all-flash capacity-per virtual Performance Group (vPG). Pivot3 supports unlimited vPGs per cluster. Pivot3’s patented Scalar Erasure Coding technology utilizes storage capacity much more efficiently than traditional RAID and replication technologies, delivering storage efficiency of up to 94%. Optional vGPU cards enhance VDI performance and consolidation ratios. The Dell EMC VxRail Series consists of five different platforms designed to address different use cases. The VxRail products utilize VMware virtualization technologies including Virtual SAN. Four of the five platforms are available as hybrid or all-flash configurations. The largest all-flash platform scales to 2.9PB in a 64 node maximum scale-out configuration. Each 1U or 2U appliance contains one or four nodes. The VxRail Series offers erasure coding, deduplication and compression data services on the all-flash configurations. With VSAN 6.2, the product now provides stretch clustering, allowing nodes to be in separate physical locations. The Dell EMC XC6320-6 is 2U, four-node appliance powered by Nutanix software. Dell EMC positions the XC6320 for high-density compute and storage environments, service providers and private cloud deployments. Each all-flash node consists dual Xeon processors and 6 x 3.8TB SSD drives giving the appliance a maximum raw all-flash capacity of 91.2TB. The Dell EMC XC6320-6 offers REST API for automated management and supports multiple hypervisors including Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV), VMware ESXi and Hyper-V. The Dell EMC XC6320-6 is 2U, four-node appliance powered by Nutanix software. Dell EMC positions the XC6320 for high-density compute and storage environments, service providers and private cloud deployments. Each all-flash node consists dual Xeon processors and 6 x 3.8TB SSD drives giving the appliance a maximum raw all-flash capacity of 91.2 TB. The Dell EMC XC6320-6 offers REST API for automated management and supports multiple hypervisors including Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV), VMware ESXi and Hyper-V. Simplivity was acquired by HPE in February 2017. The HPE SimpliVity OmniCube CN-5400, CN-3400 and CN-2400 have a maximum raw storage capacity of 25.6TB, 21.6TB and 10.4TB per hybrid appliance, and 22.4TB, 10.6TB and 8TB in all-flash configurations. The OmniCube scales to eight appliances for a maximum all-flash capacity of 179.2TB. The latest OmniStack software release builds on existing data protection capabilities by adding support for multi-node stretch clustering and SQL Server application-aware backups. SimpliVity appliances utilize OmniStack Accelerator Cards to offload and accelerate deduplication and compression operations. The Nutanix NX-8000, NX-6000, NX-3000, and NX-1000 models all earned the Recommended ranking in this year’s Buyer’s Guide. Nutanix claims unlimited scaling. A 64-node NX-8000 cluster provides almost 3PB of raw all-flash capacity. Nutanix products support multiple hypervisors including VMware ESXi, Hyper-V and its own KVM-based Acropolis hypervisor. The latest release of the Nutanix AOS now includes native file services through AFS (Acropolis File Services), the Prism self-service portal and ESXi management within Prism.