HCI Is Shaping the Future of Data Storage

CXO Today | December 11, 2019

Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) is no longer a buzzword. It is fast becoming part and parcel of the data storage conversation, as enterprises seek alternatives to hard disk drives to reduce the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and simplify operations. According to IDC, worldwide converged systems market revenue increased 10.9% year over year to $3.9 billion during the second quarter of 2019 One of the key players in the HCI marketplace, Dell Technologies, is surging ahead with $533.2 million in revenue and a 29.2% share. In a recent interaction with CXOToday, Amit Mehta, Director, Modern Data Centre, Dell Technologies, explains what drives the HCI market and how Dell is working towards maintaining its strong position in the HCI market.

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OpsMx | September 21, 2022

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise | November 03, 2022

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Lenovo | October 18, 2022

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Kirk discussed the need to immediately harness data across all industries to intelligently transform. Lenovo’s smarter infrastructure is enabling this transformation, via servers, storage, and services. Kirk was joined by leaders from VMware and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center as he showcased how Lenovo is leading AI at the edge to help customers harness the power of the global data growth (expected to double by 2025) happening across today’s changing IT landscape. Ken Wong, Executive Vice President and President of Lenovo’s Solutions & Services Group, discussed how the role of a CIO has expanded as the world digitizes. Ken also highlighted the value of industrial Metaverse solutions, the importance of digital workspace solutions and how optimizing track management for engineers can improve infrastructure such as public transportation, in real time. 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