In this ESG Video Blog, ESG's Mark Peters reviews the highlights of recent ESG Research on Storage Trends, specifically related to the impact of Converged and Hyperconverged Infratructure on On-premises Storage.
Read the related ESG Blog: Storage Trends Research – The Impact of CI/HCI (#3 in a series) - includes video
Mark Peters: ESG recently completed research into the state of the storage industry. This video is one in a series. Each gives highlights into the key takeaways for a particular topic within the overall findings. I encourage you to read the companion ESG Brief for each topic for more detail.
Here, we look at the impact of converged and hyperconverged platforms upon on-premises storage. The obvious confirmation about a direct and negative impact on on-premises storage is made more interesting by some trends and insights.
The key trend. Among organizations implementing some type of converged or hyperconverged solution, more than a third say these only support net new applications and workloads, meaning there's no direct impact on their existing storage. That's a notable drop from 2015, when over half of converged infrastructure users said these solutions were not impacting their existing on-premises storage. I suspect we ain't done here. The pendulum continues to swing.
Now, a couple of notable insights. There's a strong correlation between CI/HCI and storage diversity. That roughly a third of users attest to using a converged technology is no great shock. However, the more numerous a user storage environments, the more likely they are to be converges.
Nearly three-quarters of organization using at least five unique storage types have converged and/or hyperconverged technology. That's over twice the rate for those with three or four storage types, and well over three times the rate for those with just one or two. Most likely, this is to take advantage of the management simplicity that convergence offers.
And there's a diminishing role for storage-focused individuals when making converged infrastructure decisions. Most say they're not completely marginalized when evaluating and selecting the storage technology. But the percentage with both input too and involvement in the actual storage element purchase decision is down over a third from 65% in 2015 to only 41% today. Storage folks have not completely lost their voices as 52% still provide input, but the decision authority is trending to the convergence owners.
The bottom line? The recent norm of a peaceful coexistence of traditional and converged storage feels as if it's heading towards competition. While the full extent of converged infrastructure adoption has not yet occurred, nonetheless, for storage specialists, both vendors and people, the writing is on the data center wall.
Thanks for watching. Look out for other videos and briefs in this series.