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High speed storage is back in the VMware Host with both HCI and Host Side Caching, but the similarities end there.

The main advantage that hyper-converged infrastructure(HCI) has over traditional SAN based infrastructure is that HCI has put high speed storage back in the compute nodes. This is also true for Host Side Caching software, with the added benefit that host side caching maintains the flexibility that SAN based infrastructure always had over HCI, that of being able to scale and do maintenance on compute and storage hardware independently of each other. Other pros of host side caching versus...