HYPERCONVERGED INFRASTRUCTURE

November 2, 2017

"Expand Your Possibilities. Not Your Data Centre."

 

Hyperconverged infrastructure is a virtual computing infrastructure solution that seamlessly combines several data centre services in an appliance form factor, which accelerates the speed and agility of deploying virtualized workloads, reduces complexity, improves operational efficiency, and lowers costs.

Hyperconverged infrastructure is characterized by:

  • A software-centric design;

  • Commodity x86 hardware components that combine hypervisor, compute, storage, and storage switching with other IT services in the stack, such as data protection, effectively eliminating the need for discrete IT components;

  • A single “building block” appliance that, when combined with additional building blocks, provides a single, scalable resource pool, and seamlessly scales in capacity and performance;

  • A high degree of automation;

  • The ability to manage aggregated resources as efficiently as possible within and across data centres as a single federated system and through a common toolset;

  • Design, delivery and support by a single vendor.

Hyperconverged infrastructure is gaining major traction and attention in both mid-market companies as well as the enterprise.

Some of the insights into this growing market, we learned the following:

  • Adoption of hyperconverged infrastructure in some form is above 46% in EMEA compared to 27% in 2015;

  • Cost reduction and operational improvements remain key decision criteria as it pertains to hyperconverged infrastructure adoption;

  • Among EMEA-based planned adopters of hyperconverged infrastructure, improving operational efficiency and backup/recovery were identified as top needs; these are perfect problems to be solved by hyperconvergence;

  • While those EMEA respondents investigating hyperconverged infrastructure believe they will need to focus on workloads that don’t require end use SLAs, among those that have adopted, even mission-critical workloads are among those being deployed.

Top 5 IT Priorities

Topping the 2016 IT priorities list are activities intended to better manage IT resources and to reduce the cost and complexity of the data centre. It appears as if organizations are seeking to truly streamline IT functions.

These priorities are all items that can be easily solved with the right hyperconverged infrastructure solution:

  • Hyperconverged infrastructure is intended to simplify data centre operations (38%), thereby improving operational efficiency.

  • Improving backup and recovery capability (28%) is a key outcome desired by many respondents and is also a well supported use case for hyperconverged infrastructure.

  • Twenty-seven percent of respondents say that they need to increase server virtualization. Later in this report, you will learn more about this need.

Top 5 Deployment Drivers

For those that are seeking to deploy hyperconverged infrastructure and for those that have already deployed hyperconverged infrastructure, the number one driver behind the initiative is to save money. Cost reduction (26%) was cited as the primary driver for those seeking to deploy hyperconverged infrastructure. For those that have already deployed the technology, cost reduction (28%) was also identified as one of the key drivers behind the decision.

 

Further, for those that are considering adoption, improving operational efficiency tied cost reduction at 26%. Operational efficiency can be considered a form of indirect cost reduction, but, more importantly, can also be considered a strategic investment enabling IT to pivot its support toward more revenue-driving functions as it turns away from constant infrastructure support.

 

From there, driver interests plummeted into the single digits with respondents saying that they want better scalability (9%). 

 

Hyperconverged Infrastructure Benefits

Cost savings – including improving operational efficiency (49%) – is the key benefit that respondents are seeking as they journey down the hyperconverged infrastructure path. The real question is this: do cost savings actually emerge after a hyperconverged infrastructure deployment?

 

For those that have actually deployed the technology, a full 38% – the top ranked experienced benefit –say that they have, in fact, reduced costs.

 

However, while 49% of those considering a solution are seeking improved operational efficiency, only 26% of those that have deployed acknowledge that goal as achieved. But looking at the list a bit more reveals the fact that 26% also identified the ability to strategically redeploy IT staff to business-facing projects as a realized benefit. Operational efficiency is often 1) cost savings and 2) staff time savings. Here, respondents were very intentional in identifying that both outcomes were achieved.

 

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