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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Storage Drives Demand for Hyperconverged Systems

Converged systems infrastructure is gaining increased adoption for data center workloads and large-scale consolidation projects, according to the latest worldwide market study by Technology Business Research (TBR).

As a result, global converged systems revenues will grow at a CAGR of 11 percent from 2015 to 2020 reaching nearly $22 billion. The forecast growth will likely occur at the expense of traditional, stand-alone server, storage and networking infrastructure.

"The value of converged systems in reducing critical IT pain points such as costly and complex IT deployment and management is well known, leading to a period of mainstream adoption," said Krista Macomber, senior analyst at TBR.

Moreover, TBR says that the long-standing hardware OEMs seek to maximize the success of their converged systems businesses as a strategic priority.

More Converged System Use Cases

Customers are deploying converged systems optimized for key use cases such as big data analytics. These deployments enable customers to realize the full value of converged systems, building the foundation for expansion across IT environments.

As adoption continues, TBR expects that vendors will expand their go-to-market initiatives to address the rising influence of line-of-business (LoB) executives on purchase decision making.

Savvy vendors will message the platform benefits -- such as increased business agility -- to bridge the gap between the IT department and the C-Suite. Success in the converged systems market increasingly means ensuring coverage across traditional and the more nascent but faster-growing hyperconverged segments.

The holistic workload coverage and mature, proven technologies that traditional converged systems bring to customers will remain attractive, especially for large enterprises investing in broad consolidation initiatives.

Mainstream Apps for Hyperconverged Platforms

However, hyperconverged platforms -- previously deployed for highly segmented use cases such as virtual desktop infrastructure delivery -- are steadily becoming the infrastructure of choice for a widening array of business-critical workloads, especially for SMB customers with limited internal technical resources.

"Traditional converged systems revenues will continue to grow globally, but deployments will become increasingly concentrated as more customers opt for the radically reduced management complexity and innovative storage features included in hyperconverged systems," concluded Macomber.