HyperConverged – New IT Buzzword or Reality?
It seems that this new term, hyperconverged has come screaming on the scene in the last 6-9 months. Why? Is converged infrastructure as a solution architecture just not good enough anymore? Checking in with analysts and clients, the converged systems or converged reference architectures are being deployed at a rapid rate, in fact Gartner said the space was going to be a 32% CAGR from 2012-2016 versus traditional server purchases at 5% CAGR. Analyst data aside, the converged market is booming at a healthy single digit billion dollar run rate and primarily driven by VCE, Flexpod and IBM. It sure seems the converged system space is very healthy, growing and not going to be in decline for the foreseeable future as enterprises get their arms around optimizing their IT environments for the journey to the cloud. So what exactly is hyperconverged and why is the industry buzzing about it?
Hyperconverged, simply stated is the squeezing of compute, network and storage into a single package with a single pane of glass to manage. AHA! That is converged systems story, I know you’ve heard the story already. There is a difference here. The solution truly is a single package. When you compare this to VCE and Flexpod, those solutions claim to be “single packages”, but they are nothing more than a reference architecture representing a collection of technologies that are pre-integrated. These solutions are not small in scale either, often times we are talking about taking up as little as ½ a rack that is 42U tall. The hyperconverged solutions are 2U of rack space, not ½ a rack. That is one difference. The other big difference when compared to other convergence offerings in the market, is that these hyperconverged solutions can be clustered together and expanded. This allows you to achieve performance, resiliency and storage growth in a plug and play fashion.
So a quick recap. Hyperconverged solutions are smaller packages, built for scale. All of the same features and benefits of converged infrastructure/reference architectures still apply. I believe this fact, coupled with the entry price for a solution starting at $22,000 is driving this new segment in the industry. Hyperconverged is like democracy, everyone can now have a vote and buy in. Converged Infrastructure has been a very large enterprises or rapidly growing companies that are becoming large enterprises. Hyperconvergence is allowing small mid-market companies to jump on board. It is this bottom up approach that makes the market exciting. Hyperconverged solution will continue to push into large enterprise, in fact some large enterprises have been making investments already and adoption will continue at an accelerated pace.
Hyperconverged solutions may appear to be a buzzword, but they are in fact reality. Nutanix has made the market for all other players. Simplivity has now jumped in the game as well. Vmware, EMC and Cisco are all working on hyperconverged solutions. That is the signal that we are now in a maturing mainstream marketplace. Next month we’ll take a deep dive look at Nutanix. We are a big believer in their technology, ability to execute in the market and impressed with their client support. All key ingredients that must be in place for CMI to represent a brand in the marketplace.
Director of Solutions Architecture