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Reduced complexity and smaller #datacenter footprints are a couple of the benefits of #hyperconverged infrastructure ( #HCI). So it makes sense that systems, which combine core storage and compute functionality into a single, highly virtualized platform, would play well in remote and branch offices ( #ROBO ) and network-edge locations. This week @Pivot3 launched a hyperconverged infrastructure product specifically designed for ROBO and edge computing. @VMware at last month’s Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona announced its own edge HCI product. And don’t forget @Riverbed #SteelFusion, said @Mike Leone, a senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. “For some reason it doesn’t land on many HCI lists, but it should,” he wrote in an email. “They integrate their WAN optimization technology into their HCI solution, meaning organizations can consolidate yet another component at the edge. And with the network being so important at the edge, that’s a big differentiator for them.” HCI can reduce capex and simplify both hardware and software management at remote offices, said IDC analyst Eric Sheppard. “HCI is designed to be up and running quickly,” Sheppard said. “You’re coalescing all of the storage elements down to a cluster of software-defined, industry-standard servers. So rather than having an edge environment where you have disparate hardware that needs to be managed, you end up with a highly virtualized and software-defined solution where all of the management is super simplified through automation or centralized management.”

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