Hyperconverged infrastructure has become a major force in the modern data center. Books are being written, informational sites are popping up, and the data center market is burgeoning with solutions labeled as hyperconverged. This trend is unlike many that impact IT pros. Whereas the market often sees trends fizzle out as the hype level increases, hyperconverged infrastructure as a market segment continues to see explosive growth and interest. The reason is simple: hyperconvergence finally helps IT begin to make good on many promises that have been made over the years, such as simplifying what has become a complex IT operational paradigm and bringing more predictability to the data center equation.
With all that said, hyperconverged infrastructure has the potential to bring such significant change to the data center, that many IT pros and leaders are working hard in order to be able to determine whether or not it’s an undertaking that they want to tackle. In order to better gauge just how far along the hyperconverged infrastructure path people happen to be, ActualTech Media performed a market research study that included hundreds of responses from North America and the EMEA region. As a part of our efforts, we have created an EMEA-targeted version of this report, which provides overall visibility about the state of this data center architecture in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa while also comparing and contrasting the overall survey results with responses from respondents living and working in an EMEA region.
We discovered that EMEA respondents are further along in hyperconvergence adoption when compared to the overall respondent pool and that most people who have adopted hyperconverged infrastructure have discovered that the technology is largely meeting promises and expectations. This alone is relatively unusual with a new technology and is another way that the hyperconvergence hype cycle seems to be more grounded in tangible outcomes that the market has seen with other trends in the past.
What is also very clear is that hyperconverged infrastructure is poised for massive growth in the not-too-distant future. A whopping 67% of respondents indicated that they are planning to adopt this technology within the next three years. Companies with 5,000 or more employees are expected to lead this charge in EMEA regions.
Finally, perhaps most importantly, it’s clear that there needs to be continued market education in order to help people fully understand the potential benefits that can be had with hyperconvergence. This report is only the first part of this educational process. To learn more about this technology, please visit http://www.hyperconverged.org. To download your own copy of the EMEA version of our report, please visit here.