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.
Given the benefits that converged infrastructures offer, it’s no wonder that innovation has occurred within the convergence market itself. Enter: hyper-convergence, a term that many are using, but few actually understand.
So what is hyper-convergence and how does it differ from convergence? These are the two big questions that have left many IT pros scratching their heads.
At a super-high level, they do the same thing. They provide an integrated IT infrastructure focused on operational efficiency and simplicity. They take resources like storage, compute, networking, virtualization, and management and bring them all together into a single solution. The biggest difference between converged and hyper-converged is where the core integration point of all the components occurs: at a hardware level or at a software level. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for a three-part blog series that will not only highlight the core differences between converged and hyper-converged, but will also revisit the history of how we got where we are today.
Here at ESG, we are working with numerous companies that fit in either the converged or hyper-converged categories, and as both of these hot markets continue to evolve, we’ll continue to expand our knowledge base about who’s doing what and how they’re doing it. In the meantime, check out what our senior analyst Mark Bowker is talking about in regards to this space. Also, check out the list below of completed Lab Reports over the last couple of years that are relevant to the converged and hyper-converged space: