Still sorting through the basics of hyperconverged infrastructure? Well, there’s a new report that will provide some insight into what your peers are up to—all 512 of them—and commentary by vExpert Scott D. Lowe.
ActualTech Media recently conducted a survey via its hyperconverged.org site, polling IT professionals about their use of and interest in hyperconverged infrastructure. They released the results of that survey today in the 2015 State of Hyperconverged Infrastructure Market report.
There’s a few ways you can consume the data:
- Download the full report
- Check out this eBook on SlideShare for a synopsis
- Attend the author’s June 10 webinar
Otherwise, I’ve highlighted a few key findings here.
Hyperconverged Infrastructure Adoption
The survey results show that hyperconverged infrastructure adoption is small but growing. While about one-quarter of respondents have already implemented hyperconvergence, over half (54%) of those who haven’t yet deployed hyperconverged infrastructure have plans to adopt it in the next 24 to 36 months. This shift in data center infrastructure is a critical step toward IT simplification and a software-defined data center.
Best of Both Worlds
What’s interesting is that many IT organizations are looking to cloud infrastructure to help them more easily scale IT or reduce costs (prospective customers’ #3 and #2 in the chart below, respectively); however, resiliency in IT through features like high availability and integrated backup and replication (prospective customers’ #1 and #4, respectively) are top priorities they’re not likely to skimp on. SimpliVity demonstrates the best of both worlds: hyperconverged infrastructure that delivers the enterprise-class performance and availability today’s IT leaders require, with the cloud economics businesses demand.
Operational efficiency is a big theme in the 2015 State of Hyperconverged Infrastructure Market report. The report defines operational efficiency as “… a measure of IT’s ability to achieve its objectives with the minimum allocation of run-rate resources, including staff, budget, and time.” In the report’s overall IT priorities, improving operational efficiency ranks second, just behind the desire to improve backup/recovery and disaster recovery, and is in the first or second spot in the priority list, regardless of company size.
Operational efficiency is also a driver for hyperconverged infrastructure initiatives. For those considering hyperconverged infrastructure, improving operational efficiency is the #1 primary driver.
Not surprisingly, hyperconverged infrastructure promises to simplify infrastructure and operations—and it delivers. According to current hyperconverged infrastructure users (see chart, below), improve operational efficiency as a realized benefit ranks just behind improve scalability in the #2 spot.
My takeaway is that organizations of all sizes rank improving operational efficiency as a main IT concern, they’re driven to hyperconverged infrastructure to achieve it, and those that have adopted hyperconverged infrastructure attest that improving operational efficiency was realized by adopting hyperconverged infrastructure.
Native Data Protection
Another key finding is with data protection. As shown in the chart, below, improving backup/recovery and disaster recovery is the single most important IT need. It ranks in the top four purchase criteria for hyperconverged infrastructure. The report urges vendors to educate IT buyers on any data protection features. SimpliVity is the only hyperconverged infrastructure vendor to have native backup/recovery and replication built in to its platform. Further, SimpliVity’s data protection is virtual machine-centric, and since data is deduplicated, compressed and optimized the first time it is written to disk, all of that data efficiency goodness is in place in data protection processes.