The DCIG 2017-18 Hyperconverged Infrastructure Appliance Buyer’s Guide weights, scores and ranks more than 100 features of twenty-four (24) products from five (5) vendors. Using ranking categories of Recommended and Excellent, this Buyer’s Guide offers much of the information an organization should need to make a highly-informed decision as to which hyperconverged appliance will suit their needs.
Each appliance included in the DCIG 2017-18 Hyperconverged Infrastructure Appliance Buyer’s Guide had to meet the following criteria:
- Must be available (orderable) as a single SKU and includes its own hardware and software
- Must be marketed as a hyperconverged appliance
- Must support at least one hypervisor (XEN, Hyper-V, VMware, KVM, etc)
- Must provide compute and storage in the same infrastructure solution (i.e. the appliance can host multiple virtual machines and use local direct attached storage as the storage layer)
- Must not require an external storage appliance (i.e. SAN/NAS)
- Must cluster nodes together
- Must support a centralized management and reporting structure
- Must provide data protection features
- There must be sufficient information available to DCIG to make meaningful decisions. DCIG makes a good faith effort to reach out and obtain information from as many storage providers as possible. However, products may be excluded because of a lack of sufficient reliable data
- Must be formally announced and/or generally available for purchase as of April 28, 2017.
DCIG’s succinct analysis provides insight into the state of the hyperconverged appliance marketplace. The Buyer’s Guide identifies the specific benefits organizations can expect to achieve using an hyperconverged appliance and key features organizations should be aware of as they evaluate products. It also provides brief observations about the distinctive features of each product. Ranking tables enable organizations to get an “at-a-glance” overview of the products; while DCIG’s standardized one-page data sheets facilitate side-by-side comparisons assisting organizations to quickly create a short list of products that may meet their requirements.