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

453612803Included 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).

So what do senior IT professionals actually think about the potential value of integrated compute platforms? How do they really feel about feel about converged and hyper-converged solutions?

In a word  -- apprehensive.

Based on our research, senior IT professionals see ICP solutions as tactical, not strategic. And while a number of organizations have adopted ICP, they’re primarily using ICP for specific workloads to get a clean measurement of the value the solution delivered.

The main drivers (like faster and simpler deployments) for ICP adoption among current and planned users seem to align with the market perception of ICP. But there seem to be more reasons for not using ICP (whether accurate or not) that are circulating among IT departments. Several of these inhibitors include: a lack of granular scalability, lack of storage choices, and difficulties with organizational alignment and responsibilities. So where are these misperceptions coming from? Based on ESG’s findings, it appears that in certain organizations, infrastructure decisions that impact storage are probably being made in a vacuum with little or no input from storage stakeholders. Imagine that!

So what’s the answer? To learn more, take a two-minute break and watch my video. And while you’re at it, check out ESG’s other informative videos in the series about five key, next-generation storage architectures.

Video Transcript

Mark: ESG's recent Next-generation Storage Architectures research used in-depth, qualitative interviews to find out what Senior IT Managers really think about the potential relevance and value of these five nascent storage technologies.

In this video, one of a series of seven, summarizing our key research findings, Terri McClure examines what we found out about attitudes to integrated compute platforms.

Terri: Thank you, Mark. You know, it was really interesting to see that storage professionals' view integrated compute platforms, or ICP as we call them, apprehensively. And many see these solutions as really more tactical in nature rather than strategic. In fact, of those organizations we interviewed, those that have already adopted ICP are primarily using these solutions for specific work loads, such as Oracle Exadata, to support Oracle applications, where they can get a very clean measurement of the value that this solution delivered.

Now the main drivers we found for adoption among both current and planned users of ICP aligned very well with the ICP market perception and vendor marketing messages; faster and simplified deployments. However, even with these benefits, there are headwinds facing adoption. And that's primarily around a perceived lack of granular scalability and the lack of storage choices, and difficulty with organizational alignment/responsibilities. Many felt that their storage teams were threatened by ICP, and they'd be ceding power to other infrastructure teams, including those focused on virtualization.

Usage and adoption numbers we saw in this research, among these 25 respondents, are below those from some of our previously conducted ESG research. And this is important, since this latter research was a survey conducted among general IT infrastructure decision-makers rather than those specifically with storage infrastructure knowledge. And the implication for that is, that infrastructure decisions with storage ramifications are probably being made with little-to-no input from storage stakeholders, at least, in some organizations.

So it's important that IT teams overcome these organizational boundaries. Technology is just evolving way too quickly for teams to be working in a vacuum. And to deliver the most business impact, these teams really need to come together and leverage each other's knowledge to advance the business.

Mark: If you'd like to find out more, please see the other six videos in this series or get the full ESG research report from our website.

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Topics: Storage Converged Infrastructure