LabVIEW integrates tightly with NI’s measurement / data acquisition hardware
Makes sense, since National Instruments developed and owns LabVIEW.
There’s a large suite of measurement hardware (developed by National Instruments) that tightly integrates with LabVIEW (especially LabVIEW RT & FPGA, which require NI-specific hardware to run on).
If you’re thinking you’ll outsource, maybe you don’t care too much about these specifics, but a basic awareness can still be helpful.
Start with these and branch out:
There’s also a lot of non-NI hardware that integrates with LabVIEW via drivers.