Summer weather is here. Barbecues are being planned, the slip-and-slides are scattered across lawns, and if you haven’t already opened up your swimming pool, now is the time to do so. And while you’re mid-air over your swimming pool in the shape of a cannonball, it may also be time to think about taking the plunge into hyperconverged infrastructure.
Hyperconverged infrastructure has reached the inflection point, where it has been accepted by the market as a major technological force. Customers are adopting it to support all tier-one applications. It’s clear hyperconverged infrastructure is heading for the masses.
This is a signal of growth and industry “stickiness,” as adoption rates are high and climbing even higher. And it’s more than the industry accepting the technology as mainstream, customers are praising the benefits of hyperconverged solutions too.
Take, for example, SimpliVity’s recent announcement which revealed that a Fortune 50 financial services firm chose SimpliVity’s solution to replace all existing IT infrastructure and run 100 percent of its IT on SimpliVity, including all mission-critical applications. And this is just one customer, compared to the first quarter of last year, SimpliVity has seen a 177 percent year-over-year increase in customer growth.
It’s not just new customers who are showing that the time is now for hyperconverged infrastructure, more than 30 percent of purchases in the past quarter were from current customers. SimpliVity’s customer satisfaction rating also gives an indication of how much customers are relying on, and consequently impressed with, hyperconvergence, as SimpliVity’s satisfaction score stands at a 9.5 out of a possible 10. Additionally, SimpliVity solution reached into 90 territories around the globe, showing strong support inside and outside of the U.S.
The acceptance of hyperconverged infrastructure as a marquee technology has been a long time coming and now all aspects of the technology and the industry have aligned. Studies have shown how hyperconvergence compares with the cloud, both from a performance perspective as well as a financial one. In fact, the latest TechTaget report states: “by a more than 2-to-1 ratio, respondents said they would pick hyperconvergence over public cloud for their business needs.” Hyperconverged infrastructure is proving to be a leading technology for reducing complexity and battling inefficiency in the data center, not solely for IT teams, but for business leaders as well, as it enables teams to become more operationally efficient by freeing up time for IT to work on new and innovative tasks instead of spending their time maintaining infrastructure. In fact, analyst group IDC noted in an April 2016 white paper that customers using SimpliVity’s solution realized the equivalent of an 81 percent increase in time spent on new projects as opposed to time spent on maintaining previous infrastructure. That’s 81 percent more time IT can use moving the goals of the business forward.
The path to hyperconvergence used to be a longer, more winding road. Now though, the market has caught up to the technology. So, while in the past it may have made sense to dip your toes into the kiddie pool to first prove the value of hyperconverged infrastructure, the value has now been proven and it’s time to dive on in to the deep end.