In mid-2017, Red Hat Inc. entered the HCI market with the Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure platform. Using the existing open source software in the Red Hat playbook, the company crafted a suite of products that enables customers to deploy HCI on existing hardware or hardware purchased specifically for a Red Hat HCI implementation.
The Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure platform is initially aimed at businesses with remote locations. Red Hat touts the benefits of avoiding vendor lock-in, as well as a lower cost to entry than a prepackaged HCI appliance. However, software-only HCI platforms such as Red Hat’s can prove more complex than those sold bundled on a tuned appliance.
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