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Welcome NetApp to HCI(ish)

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Welcome NetApp to HCI(ish)
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Do you remember NetApp’s first foray into HCI, the NetApp Integrated VMware EVO:Rail Solution? It was a long name for a short-lived product.

NetApp is once again seeking to make a hyperconverged splash. It just started shipping its own offering, NetApp HCI. And this isn’t just any HCI, it’s …“the next generation of hyper converged infrastructure.” NetApp’s CEO publicly declared that its approach is superior to “first-generation hyperconverged solutions” such as those made by industry leaders, “Nutanix and VMware.”

Alas, NetApp is a bit late with the next-generation claim. When introducing HyperFlex in March 2016, Cisco boasted that it was, “The next generation of hyperconverged infrastructure.” But Cisco was a year behind HPE who claimed that its HC250 was “the next-generation hyper-converged solution” (never mind that it has since been replaced by HPE Simplivity 380 which I assume is the next next generation HCI).

NetApp argues that “next generation” applies because its solution includes some HCI benefits even though it utilizes the same old converged infrastructure architecture. Chris Mellor, in his The Register article on the topic, did a nice job of summing up the offering, “…in essence the boxes just add compute nodes and networking to SolidFire (storage) nodes…under the covers it is a converged infrastructure system, not an HCI system.”

Learn more, read the entire article here, Welcome NetApp to HCI(ish)

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Steve Kaplan Steve Kaplan (@ROIdude on Twitter) is Vice President of Client Strategy for Nutanix. Kaplan formerly co-founded, ran and sold two IT professional services businesses. Along with writing hundreds of articles and white papers, he has co-authored 7 books on Citrix technologies (all Official Citrix Guides) and 3 books on VMware technologies. Kaplan frequently presents on virtualization and cloud at venues across the globe. He helped pioneer the ROI methodologies used in the virtualization and has held positions on the advisory boards of several industry manufactures including Microsoft and EMC. Kaplan was both a Microsoft MVP (4 years) and VMware vExpert (7 years). Kaplan has an MBA from Northwestern and a BS in Business Administration from UC Berkeley.

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