ActualTech Media released its annual State of the Hyperconverged Infrastructure Market Report this morning. The report surveyed IT professionals across the globe to get a sense of what challenges IT pros are dealing with in their everyday work, to explore if hyperconverged infrastructure is being considered as a solution to those challenges, and to learn how well the technology is doing at addressing the challenges.
The overarching theme of the report is that hyperconverged infrastructure adoption has exploded, as the amount of companies that have adopted hyperconverged infrastructure worldwide increased by fifty-four percent (54%). Enterprise and midmarket organizations are clearly recognizing the importance of simplifying the data center and making IT more efficient, from both an operational efficiency and cost efficiency viewpoint.
The survey found that adoption of hyperconverged infrastructure almost doubled in the midmarket, with an eighty percent (80%) increase in worldwide midmarket adoption year-over-year. Enterprise adoption is steadily rising as well, but SimpliVity is already seeing it move to a much larger scale. Enterprise customers starting to fully standardize on hyperconverged solutions, using the solutions to host all mission-critical applications. For example, SimpliVity recently announced its largest deal yet with a Fortune 50 financial services firm that is replacing all legacy IT infrastructure in favor of hyperconverged technology. The firm aims to reduce its total cost of ownership (TCO) by 100 million dollars over the next five years—and they’re not alone.
IT organizations from all over the world are looking towards hyperconverged infrastructure to revolutionize their data centers. The report found that organizations in EMEA are outpacing the rest of the world in adoption of hyperconverged infrastructure. Forty-six percent (46%) of EMEA respondents indicated that they have adopted hyperconverged infrastructure in some way, compared to twenty-seven percent (27%) of EMEA respondents in the 2015 report, representing a seventy percent (70%) increase in adoption in the region year-over-year.
One enterprise customer in EMEA which SimpliVity announced earlier this year is Merlin Entertainments, the largest European-based entertainments company. Merlin Entertainments operates 110 attraction in 23 countries, including world-famous sites such as LEGOLAND, Madame Tussauds, and SEA LIFE Aquariums, among others. The entertainments company has cited the operational efficiency gains delivered by SimpliVity as a defining benefit of the solution, as the organization can now get the critical IT needed to operate attractions up and running in hours when it used to take days with the previous infrastructure.
Operational efficiency was also a common theme for those surveyed in the State of the Hyperconverged Infrastructure Market Report. In fact, for those planning to adopt hyperconverged infrastructure, operational efficiency was listed as the top IT priority. Operational efficiency also was also listed as one of the top benefits expected by planned adopters of hyperconverged infrastructure, as well as one of the top three benefits realized by current adopters.
The aggressive growth of hyperconverged infrastructure also reached to APJ, as forty-six percent (46%) of survey respondents replied that they have adopted hyperconverged infrastructure in some form. Adoption is projected to rise even further as sixty percent (60%) of APJ respondents said they are planning to adopt hyperconverged infrastructure in the future, with forty-four percent (44%) of these organizations planning to do so within the next twelve months.
Australian footwear manufacturer, Blundstone, is one of the enterprise companies that has already adopted hyperconverged infrastructure in APJ. The company is running mission-critical applications such as Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server, and Microsoft SharePoint on SimpliVity and is now able to provide full data protection and disaster recovery for all applications with the hyperconverged solution.
Adoption of hyperconverged infrastructure is on the rise, and it seems that it is on the path to continue to dramatically increase. Many of those who haven’t yet adopted hyperconverged infrastructure have plans to do so. And are planning to adopt very soon as the report noted that eighty-eight percent (88%) of those with plans to adopt hyperconverged infrastructure are planning to do so within the next one to two years – a fifteen percent (15%) increase compared to the results of the 2015 State of the Hyperconverged Infrastructure Market Report.
The report paints a clear picture that hyperconverged infrastructure has become a mainstream technology that’s disrupting the current landscape of IT infrastructure—and it isn’t done yet!