In the enterprise data center and at edge locations, IT organizations in distributed businesses are trying to modernize their infrastructures. Their primary goal at the edge is to deploy low-maintenance, easy-to-manage infrastructure for data collection and local processing without the need to constantly transfer data to and from the data center. Currently, IT organizations meet that goal by ...installing several dedicated devices at each site, such as storage-area network (SAN) or network-attached storage (NAS) devices, and the servers and switches they require. While that approach meets the organization's infrastructure needs, it can result in more assets to manage and a higher total cost of ownership (TCO). IT organization's longer-term goal, therefore, is to put in place a more-modern, scalable IT model like hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) at the edge, rather than to simply buy dedicated devices.