ActualTech Media recently surveyed 500 IT professionals to learn about the State of Hyperconverged Infrastructure. Operational efficiency came out as one of the report’s key themes – it was listed as an IT priority and one of the main reasons why enterprises are turning to hyperconverged infrastructure.
The report defines operational efficiency as “the measure of IT’s ability to achieve its objectives with minimum allocation of run-rate resources, including staff, budget and time.”
Operational run-rate expenses make up a large chunk (sometimes the largest) of the overall IT budget. These are the constant expenses, such as staff salaries, facilities costs, power and cooling, maintenance fees, and the like. Injecting greater efficiency into this area will ultimately reduce costs, and when it comes to operational staff, raise staff productivity.
Operational Efficiency in IT Priorities
In the survey, improving operational efficiency (i.e., simplifying operations to introduce time and cost savings) is a top IT priority for respondents, ranking second among all respondents behind improving backup/recovery, disaster recovery and business continuity. Among all respondents, more than 43% identify improving operational efficiency as a key IT initiative.
The chart below breaks down IT priorities by the size of company:
- At large enterprises (companies with 5,000 or more employees), respondents actually rank improving operational efficiency as the top priority, tied with improving backup/recovery and disaster recovery.
- Taking a look at midsize enterprises (500 to 4,999 employees), overall, improving operational efficiency ranks third behind improving backup/recovery and disaster recovery, and VDI.
- Like their larger counterparts, smaller companies (100 to 499 employees) rank improving operational efficiency at the #1 spot with improving backup/recovery and disaster recovery.
Operational Efficiency and Hyperconverged Infrastructure Adoption
Drilling down a bit further, out of the survey respondents who selected “improve operational efficiency” as an IT priority, let’s see who has adopted and who is planning to adopt hyperconverged infrastructure.
Across everyone who took the survey, 24% have already adopted hyperconverged infrastructure. As shown in the chart below, those who are prioritizing improving operational efficiency are more likely than the average respondent to adopt hyperconverged infrastructure, with midmarket companies leading the way at 28%—an almost 16% increase vs. the average.
Fifty-four percent of respondents noted that they are planning to adopt hyperconverged infrastructure. When we look at the same question and qualify those prioritizing “improving operational efficiency,” the results are varied. Large companies are 30% more likely to plan to adopt hyperconverged infrastructure versus the average, midmarket companies were 8% less likely to adopt, and small companies were 2% more likely.
Operational Efficiency and The Pursuit of Hyperconverged Infrastructure
It’s clear from the next piece of data that not only are large companies focused on operational efficiency more likely to adopt hyperconverged infrastructure, but they are also pursuing hyperconverged infrastructure more aggressively. Nearly two-thirds (63%) of large companies that are prioritizing operational efficiency are already investigating solutions and another 13% are actively engaged with a vendor. Comparatively, about half (52%) of midmarket companies focused on operational efficiency are investigating hyperconverged infrastructure and 8% are actively engaged with a vendor; and about one-third (30%) of small companies seeking operational efficiency are checking out hyperconverged infrastructure and are 17% are actively engaged with a vendor.
So, what are the takeaways from this data for you? Well, first, you can do some comparisons for your IT environment and priorities based on the data shared. How does your organization compare?
If operational efficiency is something that your organization is pursuing and your environment is partially or fully virtualized, then maybe the next step is to look at hyperconverged infrastructure—and, specifically, SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure. Hyperconvergence dramatically simplifies IT. And, when you eliminate complexity, it’s a lot less time-consuming to get the day-to-day running of IT done. Some of the ways SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure contributes to operational efficiency:
- Hyperconverged infrastructure allows you to reduce the time and energy required to deploy and operate infrastructure and workloads—especially when you’re able to globally manage your resources, policies and workloads from a single interface versus the up to a dozen interfaces in an environment with islands of IT components.
- SimpliVity’s unique data architecture (Data Virtualization Platform) performs deduplication, compression and optimization of all data across all instances of SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure in the environment, introducing efficiency in capacity (since only unique data is stored) and performance (since unnecessary IO is eliminated).
- SimpliVity takes a VM-centric approach to managing the environment. By eliminating the complex mapping between virtual machines, resources and data typical with legacy compute and storage infrastructure, monitoring and management of workloads and activities, such as backup and cloning, are improved.
- Data protection is baked in. Setting policies for on- and off-premises copies of virtual machines is a simple three-step process. Full VM backups and replication are automated, freeing up more time for higher priority activities.