Are you planning a major server and storage refresh in 2016? Well, you are not alone. According to a 451 Research survey, more than 32% of enterprises are planning a major server and storage refresh in 2016. That means that about one-third of organizations will be adopting newer technology to meet changing business or technology requirements. And, for many—41%, according to 451 Research—converged infrastructure is considered.
SimpliVity recently participated in a webinar with Storage Switzerland, an industry analyst firm focused on the storage, cloud, and virtualization marketplaces, regarding the topic of tech refresh. In it, Storage Switzerland analyst George Crump and SimpliVity’s director in the Office of the CTO Adam Sekora discussed the pain points of tech refresh initiatives and how hyperconvergence is an antidote to the often continuous cycles of infrastructure replacement.
What pain points? Consider that every three to four years IT is forced to pause and take time to scope requirements; evaluate alternatives for in-place infrastructure components; vet vendors and technology; acquire, deploy, and configure the solution; migrate data; and complete training. Now, consider that the overlapping cycles of technology refresh make this a nearly continuous process (sometimes referred to as the tech refresh hamster wheel). In fact, this is exactly the case for 451 Research respondents: 22.5% of respondents cite server refresh projects as continual, and 15% of respondents cite storage refresh projects as continual.
Hyperconverged infrastructure is a “refreshing” (i.e., welcoming) tech refresh solution. Since hyperconvergence assimilates up to a dozen IT infrastructure components in a single solution, it eliminates the need to refresh multiple siloed components – consecutively or in parallel. Since hyperconverged infrastructure has a building block approach that allows you to start with what you need today and expand on demand, it addresses the typical over-provisioning and over-purchasing that occurs when technology is intended to last for a three-year period. And, since hyperconverged infrastructure reduces complexity and eliminates the need for specialized component-level training, it introduces time savings that IT staff can use to focus on more strategic projects.
Storage Switzerland also prepared a paper on this topic. Download a copy to learn more.
 Source: 451 Research, Voice of the Enterprise: Servers & Converged Infrastructure, Q4 2015.