Hyper-converged platform adoption predicted to skyrocket

Clare Hopping

Tuesday 7 June 2016

Businesses are becoming more demanding when it comes to managing workloads and deploying their data-intense applications, so it comes as no surprise that Technology Business Research is predicting the adoption of hyper-converged infrastructures will increase by 50 per cent over the next five years, but why is this?

Hyper-converged infrastructures are set to be a huge area for financial growth according to Technology Business Research’s (TBR) 1Q16 Hyper-converged Platforms Market Landscape research, with the firm predicting combined software-led solutions will become a $1.6bn industry by 2020 – that makes it one of the fastest-moving sectors in storage and networking.

It’s snatching a huge chunk of the overall converged infrastructure pie too, with the report claiming the hyper-converged sub-sector will account for 32 per cent of the pie by 2020 – an increase of 25 per cent compared to the tail end of 2015.

But what has triggered this growth, and why are so many businesses choosing hyper-converged infrastructures over traditional converged solutions?

Keeping down costs

Because almost every business process now creates so much data, whether that’s customer service, marketing, business analysis or sales, it needs to be stored and managed somewhere, but on-premise storage just isn’t typically viable financially to hold such high volumes and hardware-led offerings are not so scalable.

Hyper-converged infrastructures essentially remove the associated high cost because everything operates via software – you aren’t limited to particular hardware and won’t need to reinvent your entire ecosystem to make it work effectively.

“Customers’ storage challenges provide opportunities for hyper-converged platforms vendors, since many hyper-converged platforms are built with a focus on improved performance and management of storage-heavy workloads,” explains TBR data centre senior analyst Krista Macomber.

Crucially, choosing hyper-converged solutions can lower both upfront capital hardware costs, as well as reducing ongoing operating costs, making it a cost-effective option for businesses.

Single vendor management

The combination of compute, storage, networking and virtualisation from one single vendor makes it a much more attractive option, minimising lock-in and making it much easier for the IT team to manage. Meanwhile, interoperability is guaranteed, so the business doesn’t have to worry its networking solution won’t work with its virtualisation infrastructure, for example.

In fact, because everything operates from one place, run by one vendor, there doesn’t even need to be communication between parties if you need to boost the amount of space you have to store data – it just happens, without holding up the company’s progress.

Modernisation of business operations

Opting for hyper-converged infrastructure means your business operations will never be aged, because as times change and technology moves on, so does the software. You won’t need to replace your physical servers as they grind to a halt, and you’ll always be one step ahead of your competition.

“Modern business transformation goes nowhere without agile, scalable infrastructure,” says TBR data centre principal analyst and practice manager Christian Perry. “Ageing, complex IT environments are giving way to new breeds of infrastructure designed to ease deployment and management. Hyper-converged is leading this charge with ferocity.”

Hyper-converged infrastructure offers a more attractive solution for businesses, because it’s so much simpler than picking and choosing different vendors for compute, storage, networking and virtualisation operations.

Simple management and scalability is at the centre of everything because it’s software-run as opposed to relying on the hardware, and this makes a hyper-converged infrastructure a very attractive option both now and in the future.

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