HCI isn't just a software product; market vendors such as Nutanix, HPE and Pivot3 also have specific appliances for admins that want features for network and storage management
"The initial benefit of hyper-converged infrastructure was its elimination of the dedicated storage network. After this realization, it became clear that consolidating and simplifying management of the entire infrastructure was even more valuable than eliminating the storage area network.
Admins also noticed that HCI lacked data services such as backup, replication and archiving with the same simple, virtual machine-centric management model in the data center. This meant organizations started to look for an HCI appliance offering that integrated infrastructure for these capabilities.
In the HCI market, there are some companies that offer software-defined infrastructure in hardware appliances with their own specific features..."
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