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Kurt Hildebrand - Director of Converged Data Center Practice

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Kurt is Practice Director, Converged Data Center at Connection with over 15 years of experience in storage, networking, virtualization, clustering, disaster recovery, and business consulting. He holds several professional certifications, including Citrix Certified Enterprise Administrator (CCEA), Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Certified Novell Engineer (CNE), EMC Certified Integration Engineer (EMCIE), Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE), VMware Certified Professional (VCP). In his free time, Kurt enjoys chess, hiking, gardening, and theater.

Articles by Kurt Hildebrand


Growing Towards the Future

Have You Seen the Latest in Converged Infrastructure?

by Kurt Hildebrand | 12.02.16

Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of growth in converged infrastructures. Essentially, a converged infrastructure is any type of infrastructure that takes two or more discrete pieces of technology and consolidates them into one information system solution. Traditional converged systems, ones that are packaged solutions, take existing technology and consolidate it into a repeatable, standardized deployment framework. But the new model of converged systems takes that disparate technology and converges it in a much more tightly integrated way, using something called the software-defined data center. Software-defined is just another way of saying hyperconvergence.

Tags:Converged Data CenterConverged InfrastructurePackaged solutionsSoftware-defined data center managementStorage ArrayTechnologyVirtualization

The Future of Enterprise Storage

Surprise—It’s Flash

by Kurt Hildebrand | 12.01.16

While it remains true that many organizations rely on traditional disk arrays, high-capacity storage is moving away from the spinning disk to flash—and not as gradually as you might think either. One of the primary barriers to entry with flash was its price, but the cost of flash technology has come down quite a bit—and there’s still room for it to get cheaper. So why wait? Invest now!

Tags:Enterprise StorageFlashSoftwareTraditional Disk Arrays

Data Center Survey Results

What’s Driving Your Data Center Decisions?

Converged Data Center Survey Results

by Kurt Hildebrand | 08.12.16

It should come as no surprise that truly agile organizations place a high value on having a modern data center that can support the latest applications, devices, and resources today’s users need to innovate and collaborate. In fact, 85% of organizations are pursuing a data center modernization strategy.* After all, as the heart of your organization’s operations, that data center—and its ability to support your business needs—informs some of your most important IT investment decisions. But how often do you evaluate the reasons behind those investment decisions? And how do your metrics stack up against your industry peers’ methods?

Tags:ConnectionData CenterIDGIDG ResearchITTechnology

Workspace Virtualization

Why Flexibility Matters

by Kurt Hildebrand | 06.27.16

Virtualized workspaces have been around for more than 40 years, starting with IBM’s VM and MVS mainframes, and more recently with virtual desktops (VDI), desktop as a service (DaaS), workspace as a service (WaaS), and as an application of converged infrastructure (CI).

Tags:CICitrixConfigurationConnectionDaaSDataDevicesHIPAAMVSPCISoftwareSOXVDIVirtualizationVMVMwareWaaS

Hyperconverged Infrastructure Meets the Storage Monolith

Questions, Considerations, and a Way Forward

by Kurt Hildebrand | 06.21.16

Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is emerging as a way to improve the delivery speed and efficiency for IT services by overcoming bottlenecks in how IT resources are deployed. 

Hyperconverged infrastructure accomplishes this by aggregating servers, storage, and networking into homogenous resource pools to enable dynamic scaling, ease of management, and improvements in agility, utilization, and cost reduction.

Tags:Data CenterDirect AttachedFiber ChannelHyper-converged infrastructureNAS

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