Enterprises from all over Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) are looking for a data center solution that offers simplified management, streamlined operations, and overall reduced complexity. The new eBook on the 2016 State of the Hyperconverged Infrastructure Market in EMEA revealed that companies in EMEA are particularly likely to select hyperconverged infrastructure to meet the aforementioned objectives.
In fact, when compared with all respondents, organizations in EMEA are actually ahead when it comes to adoption of hyperconverged infrastructure, with forty-six percent (46%) of EMEA survey respondents saying they have deployed hyperconverged infrastructure already. This is a seventy percent (70%) increase in adoption when compared to 2015 respondents in EMEA.
Merlin Entertainments, the largest European-based entertainments company, recently deployed SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure to support its over one hundred attractions, which includes world-famous sites such as LEGOLAND, Madame Tussauds, Thorpe Park, and The London Eye. Other EMEA companies that have deployed hyperconverged infrastructure to simplify their data centers and reduce costs are Lawlords, a leading firm of costs lawyers, and T-Systems, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom and Central Europe’s third largest tele-company.
So, why is it that companies in EMEA are adopting hyperconverged infrastructure at a faster pace?
Adoption rates of hyperconverged infrastructure may be so high in EMEA because companies are trying to play a little bit of catch-up. While EMEA does have the highest rate of companies who have adopted hyperconverged infrastructure, they also have lower rates than all respondents when it comes to the percentage of a company’s servers that are virtualized. Only forty-eight percent (48%) of EMEA organizations are more than sixty percent (60%) virtualized compared to fifty-eight percent (58%) for all respondents worldwide.
It seems businesses in EMEA have an interest in virtualizing a higher percentage of their servers and are taking the opportunity when moving into a virtualized environment to further transform their data centers with hyperconvergence. They are likely virtualizing and deploying hyperconverged solutions all in one fell swoop to receive the benefits of both at once.
Germany, in particular, had a strong hyperconverged adoption rate, with forty-five percent (45%) of respondents indicating they had already deployed. That number is projected to grow even further as fifty-eight percent (58%) of German respondents are planning to adopt hyperconverged infrastructure within the next twelve months.
With hyperconverged infrastructure continuing to be accepted as a mainstream IT infrastructure option, there is no reason to believe adoption will slow down around the world. And as EMEA leads the way in hyperconverged adoption rates, with Germany projected to increase its hyperconverged adoption pace in just the next year, the technology will continue to be seen as a data center solution that can simplify management, reduce complexity, and streamline operations for businesses all across EMEA.