Driven by the expanding use of hybrid clouds, virtualization, and a red-hot focus on savings and efficiency, demand for hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) systems is soaring. According to a recent study by the Data Center Intelligence Group (DCIG), the HCI market is projected to reach $32.19 billion by 2028 with an expected CAGR of 24.9%.
HCI systems combine compute, storage, memory, and network all integrated within the same physical rackmount or standalone appliance. These systems offer great flexibility, efficiency, scalability and typically provide organizations with a less costly option and one that is easy to manage. So when it comes to supporting hybrid cloud environments, HCIs provide the kind of agility that few other systems can match.
Whether deployed in on-premises, cloud, or edge environments, HCI systems are enabling more organizations to bridge the cloud divide to deliver a seamless computing platform that spans across any hybrid multicloud cloud landscape.
HCI plays such a vital role in the enterprise that we were thrilled to be named in the TOP 5 Enterprise HCI Providers Report 2022-2023 by DCIG this month.
DCIG evaluated 38 HCI vendors, the full spectrum of the industry, before selecting Hitachi Vantara and four other vendors for the DCIG TOP 5 award. Key evaluation criteria were:
- Deployment capabilities
- Data protection and security
- Product and performance management
- Technical support and warranties
Unpacking Hitachi Vantara’s UCP HC
Hitachi Vantara’s HCI solution, Unified Compute Platform Hyperconverged (UCP HC), provides a modern, cloud-ready backbone for business agility, security, and compliance. DCIG’s analysis summarizes the key capabilities that make the UCP HC an attractive value proposition to organizations. Here are just a few:
Unified Manageability: The firm called out our UCP Advisor for its ability to provide a single pane of glass for managing UCP systems. UCP Advisor offers many valuable features, such as resource usage, inventory, REST APIs, troubleshooting, and analytics. It also offers a standalone UI and seamlessly integrates with VMware vCenter Server. Additionally, IT organizations can extend the use of their legacy SAN storage by unifying their SAN management under UCP Advisor.
Configuration Flexibility: UCP HC offers a wide range of configuration options to support architectures for enterprise and edge workloads. Powered by the latest Intel Sapphire Rapid processors, UCP HC nodes are available in hybrid, all-flash, or all NVMe configurations ranging from 1 – 193TB of storage capacity. Customers planning for modern AI workloads can build the cluster with Nvidia GPU supported HCI nodes for maximum performance.
Value-added Services: DCIG noted that UCP HC customers benefit from a range of value-added services from Hitachi Vantara, including data integration, edge analytics, fully managed services, legendary customer support, and training services. Leveraging Hitachi Vantara’s industrial expertise, customers can maximize returns from their HCI investments in the vertical-specific use cases.
Extensive Partner Ecosystem: For customers building their hybrid cloud strategy, Hitachi Vantara can bring together an extensive partner ecosystem of technology alliances, independent software vendors, global system integrators, cloud and managed service providers, and service delivery partners to deliver a seamless hybrid cloud experience for customers globally.
Read the full report today to learn why DCIG recognized Hitachi Vantara as an ideal HCI solution for enterprises looking to accelerate time to market, simplify management, and access cloud-native services with low latency hybrid cloud infrastructure.
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Dinesh Singh is Director, Product Solutions Marketing Cloud Infrastructure and Business Applications, Hitachi Vantara.