Key Insights within the Hyper-converged Market

By CIOReview | Wednesday, July 5, 2017
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The evolution from the basic principles of convergence to the competitive nature of the hyper-converged market, hyper-convergence is playing a major role in the data center infrastructure market without any sign of slowing down. This software-centric architecture consists of a hardware package that combines storage, compute, and virtualization resources that can offer advanced data services such as compression and deduplication—providing scalability, efficiency, and simplicity for virtual environments. Choosing a path to the data center of the future is an important decision. Most CIOs are familiar with integrated and converged solutions, while advancements in hyper-converged options may still be a mystery for some. On the path to obtaining the perfect, it is essential to consider these five suggestions as an official roadmap to the hyper-converged market.

Convergence vs. Hyper-convergence

Hyper-converged infrastructure offers many benefits and usability over converged infrastructure even though, both, convergence and hyper-convergence offer prepackaged, fully integrated compute, and storage as a singular unit. One of the major issues in convergence is its difficulty in transitioning process from a traditionally integrated infrastructure to a converged one. Hyper-converged infrastructure has completely overcome and eliminated such issues and promises additional benefits, including disaster recovery tools. Although hyper-convergence is relatively new, its suitability for most organizations is contributing to its significant adoption rate.

Adopting Hyper-convergence in Data Center

As hyper-converged infrastructure matures and grows more robust, adoption rates will continue to rise among a wide range of industries. Prior to adoption, it is important to evaluate whether the hyper-converged infrastructure is the perfect choice for the organization’s data center. Although HCI has gained tremendous adoption response, it has some drawbacks of its own. The prepackaged nature of converged infrastructure classifies it as a costlier option, although users will save money by eliminating certain networking and storage needs.

The Growing Hyper-converged Market

The hyper-converged technology has evolved and matured since 2015, enabling many large vendors to innovate and release their own hyper-converged technologies. VMware vendors and storage vendors were among the leaders in accepting and offering HCI technologies. With such exponential growth facilitated stiff competition as storage vendor Nutanix went head-to-head with VMware with its Acropolis hypervisor. These advancements have pushed the hyper-converged market to rapidly expand in the near future.

Buying Hyper-converged Technology

As hyper-converged infrastructure products become self-contained by shifting from a virtual desktop platform to hosting other data center applications, organizations can run appliances with a software-only approach or pre-integrated software. Clients must carefully weigh their options before buying into the hyper-convergence hype due to this wide group of available offerings.

Integrating Hyper-converged Infrastructure

While, both, software-only approach and pre-integrated, software options are completely viable, software-only approach such as VMware's VSAN is faced with the task of integrating existing hardware. As system complexity keeps on increasing, it is essential to evaluate options before adopting a hyper-converged platform. A detailed plan for integrating external compute servers and external storage can help best in creating a successful hyper-converged infrastructure.