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In case you hadn’t heard, HP Enterprise announced this week that it is set to acquire Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) vendor Simplivity for $650M. Big news? Well, it depends on how you look at it. Plexxi CEO Rich Napolitano gives his two cents in his latest blog, HP Enterprise Acquires Simplivity  – The Coming Hybrid Cloud Wars. Check out why Rich thinks HCI is the next big thing.

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Below please find a few of our top picks for our favorite news articles of the week.

ComputerWeekly: Storage predictions 2017: Hyper-converged to march on, and get NVMe
By Antony Adshead
Hyper-converged infrastructure has been a rapidly rising star of the storage and datacentre scene in the past year or two. And it is predicted by Gartner that that rise will continue, with hyper-converged product sales set to more than double by 2019 to around $5 billion. As that happens, according to the analyst house, hyper-converged infrastructure will increasingly break out from hitherto siloed applications and become a mainstream platform for application delivery.

Data Center Frontier: Are You a Data Center Innovator or a Farmer?
By Gary Wojtaszek, President and CEO of CyrusOne
Like many farmers of the last century who resisted the move to larger, more productive farming methods, many business leaders cling to an old IT illusion that they still need to design, build and manage a private data center. Why is it that so many businesses have not yet evolved their thinking to align with new strategic opportunities of efficiently and effectively building a data center? In today’s high-tech world, there’s no economic, strategic or rational reason to build your own data center.

Networks Asia: Hyperconvergence in high demand
By Clint Boulton
Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s $650 million acquisition of SimpliVity last week highlights the growing popularity of consolidated computing systems that CIOs are adopting as an alternative to public cloud services. SimpliVity is a market leader in hyperconverged systems, which bundle computing, storage and networking are bundled onto the same server. Such systems, once considered a niche market in a rapidly shrinking sector for on-premises technology, are rapidly gaining traction.

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