TechTarget surveyed IT professionals in Western Europe to see how hyperconverged infrastructure and public cloud stack up and assess which technology was the preferred option in their report titled “The Battle for Virtualized Workloads: Hyperconverged Infrastructure Versus Public Cloud Computing.”
Motivations for Deploying
The report notes that the reasons for deploying either hyperconverged infrastructure or public cloud are very similar.
In fact, two of the top three reasons for deploying, or considering deploying, hyperconverged infrastructure or public cloud computing are identical: faster infrastructure deployment and faster ability to scale. The sole differences are the second most popular reasons for consideration or deployment, as those looking to reduce space, power, and cooling needs are more likely to choose hyperconverged infrastructure, while those aiming to lower capital and operational expenses more often consider cloud computing.
Perceptions of Hyperconvergence vs. Public Cloud
While most IT professionals who are approaching hyperconverged infrastructure and cloud computing are looking to solve the same problems, their perceptions of each solution are not the same. In fact, the respondents surveyed were more than twice as likely to deploy a hyperconvergence-based solution as they were public cloud services for their business needs.
Particularly with respondents who were/are looking to run mission-critical applications on their modernized infrastructure, hyperconverged infrastructure was a heavy favorite over cloud computing. Survey respondents indicated that hyperconverged infrastructure is much more ready to handle mission-critical workloads than is public cloud computing. The survey also noted that improved application performance was listed as the third most common benefit noticed by organizations who had already implemented hyperconverged infrastructure.
When looking to modernize or transform their IT infrastructure, TechTarget found that the majority of respondents felt that hyperconverged infrastructure was a better choice. This may be because, while the study found that both technologies removed complexity from data center environments, hyperconverged infrastructure was seen as less disruptive to IT organizations. Simplified management was also listed as an advantage of hyperconverged infrastructure over both traditional IT and public cloud computing.
Comparing Cost of Hyperconvergence vs. Public Cloud
A recent report by Evaluator Group may help to explain why hyperconverged infrastructure was listed as a more popular option than public cloud. The analyst group’s report compared the three-year total cost of ownership (TCO) of SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure with that of public cloud provider Amazon Web Services (AWS). The report found that over the three year period, SimpliVity provided a 22% to 49% TCO savings compared to AWS. The per-virtual machine (VM) pricing was also lower for SimpliVity at a selected VM amount.
Both reports concluded that SimpliVity was able to offer enterprise performance and resiliency, as well as the agility, elasticity, and efficiency of the public cloud – all at a lower cost than AWS.
Increased pressure to become faster, more agile, more flexible, and increase operational efficiency has led many IT professionals to seek out a new solution to revitalize their organizations’ data centers. The two dominant next-generation data center technologies – public cloud computing and hyperconverged infrastructure – both have a lot to offer those looking to modernize and revolutionize their IT environments. The onus is falling on IT professionals to decide which option is right for their organizations.