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Getting Started with Hyperconverged Infrastructure

Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is a huge trend in data centers. Analysts predict HCI - along with other Software-defined Storage technologies - will radically change current storage architectures.

But, is HCI right for you? What use cases make sense for HCI?

Join us as we will discuss how to get started with HCI. Topics that will be covered in this webinar include:

- Use cases suitable for HCI
- Criteria to evaluate HCI products
- Pros and cons of different vendors’ HCI
- Avoiding the missteps of early adopters
Recorded Feb 28 2017 47 mins
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Sushant Rao, Sr. Director Product & Solutions Marketing, DataCore Software
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All you need to know about Hyper-converged & Software-Defined Storage
Organizations around the world are experiencing the benefits of increased performance, continuous business operations and lower costs through server consolidation and virtualization. Many of them are now evaluating Hyper-converged systems and Software-Defined Storage to develop their next-generation storage architectures. Join this channel to hear industry and technical experts discuss the value of Hyper-converged and Software-Defined Storage and how you can take advantage of these technologies.

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