What's in Store for Converged and Hyperconverged Systems in 2017? (Video)

We saw strong adoption of both converged and hyerconverged systems in 2016—and we expect that to continue into 2017. While converged systems have been out for a while and have strong market penetration, expect hyperconverged to come on strong this year as these systems continue to mature for tier-1 workload support. The strong performance of the Nutanix IPO certainly drove some attention on the hyperconverged side, as did the recent HPE buyout of SimpliVity

Topics: Converged Infrastructure Converged hyperconverged

Cloud Computing: Predictions for 2017 (Video) - Part 3!

One of the best parts of my job is that I get to work with very smart people, providing me with the opportunity to learn something new or look at things from new angles, every single day! Recently, I had the pleasure of hosting the anchor leg in the 2017 cloud computing predictions video roundtable, in which I asked cloud and networking analyst Dan Conde and systems management analyst Edwin Yuen about their thoughts on cloud trends in 2017 as they apply to converged and hyperconverged systems.

Topics: cloud public cloud private cloud Converged Infrastructure cloud networking Converged hyperconverged Systems Management

Lenovo and Nimble Storage Join Forces

Today, Lenovo and Nimble Storage announced a joint partnership, furthering the capabilities and the reach of both companies. The near–term product offering that results from the partnership will be Lenovo’s ThinkAgile CX converged system available on October 28th, with Nimble providing the storage element. From a business perspective, the deal makes so much sense for both companies; the real question may be what took them so long.

First, let’s start with the obvious benefits. Lenovo gets access to Nimble’s Predictive Flash technology for its converged offering, rounding out its storage portfolio and adding a larger scale converged offering to pair with its existing hyperconverged solutions from the partnership with Nutanix. Nimble Storage gains access to Lenovo’s substantial enterprise sales channel. While the immediate impact will likely be a boost in revenue for both companies, this partnership looks like it goes beyond the simple reselling of technology.

Topics: Storage Lenovo Nimble Converged All flash hyperconverged

Winter is coming...for the storage industry

We're about halfway through the latest season of HBO's Game of Thrones, and I've been every bit as transfixed to the series as every other devotee I know. I may have gotten started late, but I'm definitely in it for the long haul now.

One of the things that was helpful for me as I got caught up was using the internet's various nerd communities to understand all of the nuances and details of the families and their histories. For example, the show has used "winter is coming" as a tagline from the beginning, and I wanted to get some context on what exactly that was referring to. I turned to the Wikia page for the book series, and came away with an appreciation for what the Starks mean when they say it.

Topics: Storage Converged hyperconverged

2016 - A Banner Year for Converged and Hyperconverged Vendors?

2016 could prove to be a banner year for converged and hyperconverged technologies. In ESG's recent survey on Hybrid Cloud trends, 56% of IT planners indicated that they plan to use converged infrastructure (CI) and 70% said they plan to use hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI).

Topics: Hyper-converged Converged

In A World Of Converged and Hyperconverged Choice, Fear Abounds

According to the American Psychiatric Association, agoraphobia is defined as, "an irrational anxiety about being in places from which escape might be difficult or embarrassing". While there is no official designation for fear of vendor lock-in, perhaps there should be. Perhaps "vendor-agoraphobia"? 

Topics: Cloud Computing Hyper-converged Converged

How Do Users Really Feel about Hyper-converged? (Includes Video)

Included with this blog post is the second in a series of seven videos that talk about the key findings from ESG’s recently published research report, Next-generation Storage Architectures. My colleagues, Mark Peters, Scott Sinclair, and I all collaborated on the research. In this segment, I talk about one of the key, next-generation storage architectures -- Integrated Compute Platforms (ICP).

Topics: Storage ICP Hyper-converged Converged

Storage Systems Predictions for 2015

I sat down recently with ESG's VP of Research John McKnight to talk about what my expectations are for the storage marketplace in 2015:

Topics: data storage hybrid storage storage management storage tiering Converged

Converged and Hyper-converged – We’ve Got It Covered

In the last few years, we’ve seen a major boom in the converged infrastructure space. This coincides with ESG research findings, where more than 50% of respondents said they currently or plan to utilize a converged solution in their IT environments. We’re not at all surprised, since they make infrastructure tasks significantly easier for IT pros – easier to plan, easier to configure, and easier to grow. By deploying a converged solution, companies have realized gains across all facets of IT, from faster deployment times and improved service and support, to ease of management and improved TCO, scalability, and agility.

Topics: Private Cloud Infrastructure Mark Bowker integrated computing platform ESG Lab integrated infrastructure Hyper-converged Converged