A recent report from technology research and advisory firm Evaluator Group notes that hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) solutions continue to gain traction in the market as more businesses are evaluate and purchase the solution after realizing the benefits of vSAN. The report notes that VMware vSAN was the #1 HCI solution purchased or evaluated by a wide margin of organizations surveyed (63 percent). Dell-EMC VxRail, powered by VMware vSphere and vSAN, ranked second in purchases or evaluations according to respondents. Seventy-two percent of organizations surveyed selected vSphere as the hypervisor of choice for their HCI solution.
The report, “Hyper-converged Infrastructures in the Enterprise,” shows that hyper-converged technologies aren’t being driven by one or two applications or specific use cases. HCI is part of a larger shift in enterprise IT, one that’s moving away from traditional SAN-based systems. Companies are determined to find alternatives to “big iron” infrastructures for as many workloads as they can, to improve agility and lower costs.
Using HCI solutions can also help organizations simplify infrastructure by dramatically reducing the amount of time to deployment and increasing agility to meet business demands. According to the report, 53 percent of survey respondents are attracted to HCI’s “ease of operations” followed by “ease of implementation” (52 percent) and “consolidation of physical infrastructure” (52 percent), respectively.
The report also found that 70 percent of the survey respondents are looking at HCI solutions to either replace, refresh or upgrade existing infrastructure. The report identified leading HCI use cases as infrastructure consolidation, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), server virtualization, backup/DR and private cloud.
“This report supports what we’ve heard from customers that have turned to VMware to power their HCI solutions,” said Lee Caswell, vice president of products, Storage and Availability, VMware. “Organizations around the globe are adopting HCI solutions powered by VMware vSphere and vSAN to take advantage of an evolutionary approach to IT modernization, significant cost savings and increased agility to respond to future demands. Together, these HCI benefits are helping organizations break down IT silos, enabling them to more efficiently use critical IT staff and resources.”
Read the complete report, “Hyperconverged Infrastructures in the Enterprise,” from the Evaluator Group.