Ken Clipperton is the Lead Analyst for Storage at DCIG. Ken brings more than 20 years of information technology leadership to his current role. Prior roles include server administrator, systems analyst, and then information technology director at a series of three private colleges and universities. Ken has served on multiple corporate advisory boards, state-wide technology commissions, national user group boards, and presented at many national and regional technology conferences.
Throughout his career, Ken has specialized in evaluating and implementing innovative technologies to address operational, tactical and strategic business priorities. For example, Ken was a key leader in the creation of the world’s first comprehensive wireless community at Buena Vista University–a project called eBVyou–that became a national model and drew visiting teams from hundreds of colleges, universities and K-12 school districts.
Ken earned his MBA in Management Information Systems from Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN and a BA in History from Crown College.
Virtualization largely shaped the enterprise data center landscape for the past ten years. Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) is beginning to have the same type of impact, re-shaping the enterprise data center to fully capitalize on the benefits that virtualizing the infrastructure affords them. Enterprises considering HCI as a replacement for existing core data center infrastructure should give special attention to how the solution implements quality of service technology. Superior QoS technology will reduce OPEX by simplifying management and reduce CAPEX by consolidating many workloads onto the solution.
Across more than twenty years as an IT Director, I had many sales people incorrectly tell me that their product was the only one that offered a particular benefit. Did their false claims harm their credibility? Absolutely. Were they trying to deceive me? Possibly. But it is far more likely they lacked accurate and up-to-date information about the current capabilities of competing products in the marketplace. Their competitive intelligence system had failed them.
NVMe and other advances in non-volatile memory technology are generating a lot of buzz in the enterprise technology industry, and rightly so. As providers integrate these technologies into storage systems they are closing the gap between the dramatic advances in processing power and the performance of the storage systems that support them. The TrueNAS M-Series from iXsystems provides an excellent example of what can be achieved when these technologies are thoughtfully integrated into a storage system.
Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) appliances radically simplify the data center architecture. These pre-integrated appliances accelerate and simplify infrastructure deployment and management. They combine and virtualize compute, memory, storage and networking functions from a single vendor in a scale-out cluster. As such, the stakes are high for vendors such as Dell EMC and Nutanix that are competing to own this critical piece of data center real estate.