Dell EMC claim HCI “isn’t ready for mission critical workloads”

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Posted on Friday, March 9, 2018

Hyper-converged systems like the Dell EMC VXRack Flex series have been one of the few success stories for hardware manufacturers in recent years. Sales of hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) continue to accelerate as traditional SAN and storage array products fall out of favour.

It was no little surprise then when Dell’s European chief technology officer Nigel Moulton claimed, “Mission critical applications live best in converged infrastructures”. Despite Dell having skin in the HCI game, their CTO clearly stated that it was unsuitable for the systems your business relies on.

Moulton believes that traditional, monolithic applications like SAP and Oracle will perform most reliably on traditional converged systems because of their heavy reliance on the underlying hardware.

A calculated attempt at boosting converged infrastructure sales

Moulton’s claims are surprising, given that some analysts believe HCI will be the last hurrah for box-shifting OEMs who are under constant pressure from cloud-based alternatives. Why then would Moulton risk alienating the HCI market?

The fact that Dell EMC continues to produce traditional converged infrastructure - SANs, stand-alone disk arrays, fiber channel controllers etc. - could provide some explanation. By telling potential buyers that HCI is not yet ready for the big time, perhaps Moulton is hoping to convince customers to purchase converged systems at the next refresh.

If this is the case, Moulton seems to believe that Dell EMC will be able to tie customers into their ecosystem for at least two more product life cycles - at least until HCI is “ready” for mission critical workloads.

Skip the next hardware refresh cycle

For businesses committed to the Dell EMC ecosystem, it makes sense to defer upgrades until HCI support for mission critical applications improves. This means exiting the Dell EMC maintenance program, and adopting third party support for end of life systems.

Partnering with CDS allows your organization to keep these older systems in place well beyond the official end of service life deadline. Which means that you can avoid costly, unwanted interim upgrades as you wait for HCI to catch up. And you’ll save much more than just the cost of an unwanted upgrade.

To learn more about prolonging your storage hardware lifespan while mission-critical HCI matures, please contact CDS.