Hyperconverged Systems Show Promise in Reducing Data Center Complexity
"What's really attracting them to this [hyperconvergence] model is the cloud-type consumption model," Brannon told eWEEK. "It's a cloud model, but on-premises." Hyperconverged systems are tightly integrated offerings that include networking, virtualization and a single management plane along with the single solution for compute and storage. They remove many of the silos typically found in data centers. The hyperconverged space was initially embraced by midmarket customers, and while enterprises increasingly are adopting the infrastructure, the majority of the business right now remains in the midmarket, IDC's Sheppard said. Gina Longoria, an analyst with Moor Insights and Strategy, told eWEEK that hyperconverged infrastructures bring greater efficiencies, ease of use and cost savings to midmarket businesses that are looking for ways to keep up with changing data center demands without having to add IT staff or a lot of new equipment.However, vendors say they are seeing strong enterprise adoption. Officials with Simplivity point to a recent report the company released that showed that when compared with Amazon Web Services (AWS), its HyperConverged Infrastructure software delivers 22 percent to 49 percent in cost savings. SimpliVity officials have announced a multi-million dollar deal to replace legacy IT equipment for a financial services firm in the global Fortune 50. In addition, Howard Ting, chief marketing officer at Nutanix, said his company has more than 3,100 customers, including a number of the Global 2000 companies. "We feel that we're just scratching the surface of the opportunity," Ting told eWEEK. "Today, [hyperconverged infrastructure] is in the top three to five things IT organizations are talking about and budgeting for. It's become mainstream very, very quickly." A recent study by the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) and IT technology analyst firm the Evaluator Group reflected the growing enterprise interest. According to the study, 47 percent of enterprises surveyed—businesses with more than 1,000 employees—were using or evaluating hyperconverged offerings for infrastructure consolidation efforts and 42 percent are doing so for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) efforts. Common uses of hyperconverged infrastructures include VDI, server virtualization and consolidation, data protection, test and development and to serve large remote and branch offices, according to vendors and analysts. However, many expect the number of use cases to grow as adoption of these systems increase.
"It's the quickest path on the market to get up and running on a new workload," Longoria said. "It really makes it simple for people."