ESG's Mike Leone provides his thoughts and predictions on Converged and Hyperconverged Infrastructure for 2018.
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Mike: I'm Mike Leone, a senior analyst covering the converged and hyperconverged space for ESG. And here's what I'm expecting for 2018. Over the last year, we've seen adoption of converged and hyperconverged technology skyrocket. So why is that? Well, it's because so many organizations want to simplify IT and increase operational efficiency. And they wanna do it quickly, easily, and cost-effectively.
Our research also points to increased adoption with respondents indicating infrastructure complexity as still a major concern, and that half of the respondents to our 2018 IT spending intentions survey will increase spend for virtualization in private cloud software. And it's important to note that this growth is not purely from net new adopters though organizations, and specifically those responsible for IT purchasing decisions, have gained confidence in the technology as it's matured.
Growth will also continue within organizations that were early adopters. Whether deploying a new cluster to support a new application or leveraging an existing deployment to further consolidate applications, I'm calling the latter idea a second wave of convergence within early adopters. My next prediction involves the coexistence of converged and hyperconverged technology. This is not an either/or scenario across all of enterprise IT. Now, sharing SMBs with small infrastructure footprints hyperconverged makes more sense. And larger organizations with just one or two data centers converged may make more sense.
Well, our research shows organizations are turning to both technologies for a lot of the same reasons: simplicity, efficiency, scalability, cost savings. Reasons for choosing one over the other paints a picture of how the technologies complement each other in many environments. One specific use case where this will become more apparent than ever is that organizations that are adopting technologies to support core-to-edge-to-cloud initiatives. At the core, converged infrastructures may better align to existing legacy infrastructure workloads and processes while delivering better-perceived reliability, scalability, and performance.
At the edge, organizations can turn to hyperconverged to help consolidate on-prim structure footprints as well as provide the much-needed simplicity where on-site support is limited and cost savings is top of mind. Together, both of the structures help deliver a cloud-like experience making it easier for organizations to consume public cloud services, look for more and better integrations with the major cloud service providers to match the momentum of public cloud and multi-cloud adoption.
My last prediction comes around the term hyperconverged. While it may be thought of as an architecture that leverages an x86 server with included storage that easily scales like a building block, it's important to note that a slightly different architecture is being delivered and adopted. One that decouples, compute, and storage, enabling the scaling of either. Regardless of whether you feel this architecture should be called hyperconverged or not, the benefits, similarities to an x86 approach are undeniably similar: simplicity, cost, savings, flexibility, scalability.
The architectures will blend and both be viewed as hyperconverged. At the end of the day, people that matter, the end users who are writing the checks for a new infrastructure, care much less about the term hyperconverged and care way more about the business benefits. Throughout the year, I'll be covering these specific areas and more as the converged and hyperconverged space continues to expand and be a preferred method of IT infrastructure adoption and expansion.