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Why Hyperconverged Infrastructure is for All Verticals

Hyperconverged infrastructure is increasingly becoming a way of resolving business challenges across multiple industry sectors.

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Other analysts are even more bullish about the technology than IDC. US-based Grand View Research expects the value of the global hyperconverged infrastructure market to hit $US13.96 billion by 2024.

According to Eric Sheppard, IDC Research Vice President, Server and Storage Infrastructure, this rapid growth is being driven by the ability of hyperconverged solutions to improve long-standing data center metrics, including capital costs, utilization rates, time to service, operational efficiency and levels of risk.

IDC Group Vice-President, Research, Avneesh Saxena, says this means the technology is solving universal business problems:

“Hyperconverged infrastructure has been as in demand with systems providers that offer hosting or cloud services as it has with enterprises that need servers and/or storage which is easier to manage and deploy. It is more horizontal in its appeal and isn’t tailored for any specific segment.”

IDC lists financial services, retail and transportation as key target verticals

“[The] benefits offered by the hyper-converged infrastructure are anticipated to drive demand in large, small, and medium enterprises over the forecast period,” according to Grand View Research.

IDC’s Saxena said, “In the beginning VDI was the killer app for these systems, but as customers got more comfortable in hosting some of the broader scale-out applications on hyperconverged systems, it has been able to host a wider range of applications. So, we have seen it is industries, not applications, that have been associated with hyperconverged systems.”

Small businesses are attracted by hyperconverged infrastructure’s ability to improve operational efficiency and remote branch office service levels, while large companies like to leverage the technology to deploy private cloud infrastructure, and improve backup and disaster recovery strategies.

Why hyperconverged infrastructure over other solutions?

DC Research stated that the three most compelling features of hyperconverged infrastructure are its ability to improve IT staffproductivity and operational efficiency, and reduce capital spending.

Due to the expanding market, major IT companies have developed comprehensive hyperconverged infrastructure solutions and partnerships.

An example, IDC’s Sheppard said, is the collaboration between Lenovo and Nutanix which has brought one of the world’s largest suppliers of x86 servers – with a heritage of being used in data centers where quality, reliability and security are key – together with a leader in hyperconverged software solutions.

“Lenovo and Nutanix have partnered together since 2015 to co-develop best-in-breed Lenovo-branded hyperconverged/hybrid cloud appliances. These appliances combine Lenovo and Nutanix intellectual property, and offer a suite of fully integrated hyperconverged solutions that allow organizations to drive the agility and scalability of public clouds within their own data center environments,” said Sheppard.

This partnership has allowed both companies to address one of the critical considerations that clients are looking for when adopting hyperconverged solutions.

According to a recent IDC survey of current and potential hyperconverged customers, nearly 80 percent of companies felt it was important for their hyperconverged infrastructure vendor to be able to offer a complete product portfolio outside of hyperconverged/hybrid cloud solutions,” said Sheppard.

“Specific to hyperconverged/hybrid cloud solutions, Lenovo’s SXN rack-scale solutions should be considered when comparing traditional, non-rack-scale hyperconverged/hybrid cloud solutions.

”Despite all the expectations, hyperconverged is still an emerging technology concept. For Saxena, further innovation will help open it up to even more businesses:

“Edge computing could be one another potential area for hyperconverged systems as the requirements to quickly deploy, easily manage and scale linearly will work in the favor of these systems.”

Lenovo ThinkAgile HX Series brings a maturity to the hyperconverged infrastructure space that will help further broaden its base.

A recent IDC survey of current and potential hyperconverged customers

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