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Analyzing the Present and Predicting the Future of the Hyperconverged Infrastructure Market

Article Written by Jesse St. Laurent, VP of product strategy at SimpliVity

Hyperconverged solutions are becoming increasingly sought after - and with good reason. With benefits to companies in the form of operational efficiency gains, total cost of ownership (TCO) savings, and improved backup and recovery functionality, it seems hyperconverged infrastructure is here to stay. To gauge hyperconvergence's market impact, ActualTech Media issued its second annual survey, the 2016 State of the Hyperconverged Infrastructure Market Report, which reveals the current trends surrounding hyperconverged infrastructure. The report also predicts future trends by analyzing the top priorities and challenges businesses are facing, if hyperconverged infrastructure is being explored as a possible solution, and why or why not.

Here are some key takeaways from the report that those planning on adopting a hyperconverged solution should consider:

Adoption is on the Rise and Accelerating Quickly

The increase in the number of companies that have adopted hyperconverged infrastructure over the past year is telling of the market direction. According to the report, the total number of companies that have already adopted hyperconverged infrastructure worldwide increased by 54 percent over the past year. And that number is projected to grow quickly, as 88 percent of those with plans to adopt hyperconverged solutions project to do so within the next two years. The report also shows that the rate of hyperconverged systems adoption is even steeper in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) than North America, as 46 percent of companies in that region utilize hyperconverged infrastructure, a 70 percent increase when compared to last year's report.

That said, the report found that adoption of hyperconverged infrastructure is not only increasing, but it is accelerating year-over-year at both the enterprise and midmarket levels. In fact, compared to last year, adoption of hyperconverged solutions at the midmarket level increased by 80 percent worldwide. Likewise, enterprise adoption is steadily rising as well, with vendors announcing well-known enterprises as customers regularly.  

Operational Efficiency and Cost Reduction Are IT Priorities (Solved by Hyperconvergence)

Operational efficiency and reduced data center costs are key reasons for adoption consistently referenced by respondents to ActualTech Media's survey. Reduction in data center costs and improved operational efficiencies make the top three benefits expected from deployment of hyperconverged infrastructure by planned adopters and realized by current adopters alike. In addition, operational efficiency is listed by 42 percent of respondents as the top IT priority in the next year. It is also listed as the top driver for interest in hyperconverged infrastructure, with reduced costs coming in as a close second.

Hyperconvergence Lets IT Dedicate Time to Innovation

Recently, more organizations have invested research into the effect hyperconverged infrastructure has on operational efficiency. In an April 2016 white paper, for example, the analyst group IDC found that one hyperconverged vendor's customer increased time spent innovating and working on new projects, as opposed to time spent maintaining previous infrastructure, by an equivalent of 81 percent just by deploying the solution. The same white paper found that companies that had deployed hyperconverged infrastructure were able to better spend their allocated IT budget on new projects, instead of maintaining previous infrastructure, by an equivalent of 33 percent.

With the current state of the hyperconverged infrastructure market seeing rapid growth, it's easy to predict that data centers will continue to embrace hyperconverged solutions at a swift pace in the coming years.

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About the Author

Jesse St Laurent 

Jesse St. Laurent brings almost 20 years of IT infrastructure experience to SimpliVity. As the Vice President of Product Strategy, he is intimately engaged with customers, channel partners, and SimpliVity's engineering organization as well as helps shape the product direction and strategy.

Prior to SimpliVity, Jesse served as the CTO at Corporate Technology Inc (CTI), a Systems Integration company worth $100 million+, where he focused on evaluation emerging technologies such as NetApp, 3PAR, Acopia, Riverbed, and F5. Jesse frequently speaks at industry events both in the US and internationally.

Jesse holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Brown University.
Published Thursday, July 28, 2016 7:03 AM by David Marshall
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