Converged Infrastructure market is gaining a lot of momentum from the past couple of years. The ability to provide server, storage and networking features into one easy to manage bundled up solution is proving as an easy win for both the vendor and customer.
Now, for those who want to know what exactly a Converged Storage infrastructure means, here’s an update. Gartner defines it as a class of data center systems that deliver a combination of server, shared-storage and network devices in a pre-integrated stack. HP laid the term converged infrastructure a little over three years ago, while Cisco Systems calls it as Unified Computing system.
Regardless of the lingo, the concept is almost the same. It is to merge compute, storage and networking skills into a self-provisioning pool of shared resources that can be pre-configured to plunge into the data center.
Research firm IDC estimates that total worldwide spending on converged infrastructure will hit $17.8 billion in 2016, up from $4.6 billion in 2012. Gartner has published the same figures and added that the converged infrastructure market will account for 12.8% of total storage, server, networking and software spending by 2016.
Both the research firms agreed that the market has been divided into 3 types-
Integrated Workload Systems- Server, storage and network integrate with database and/or software to provide appliance or appliance like functionality.
Integrated Infrastructure Systems- Server, storage and network integrated to provide shared compute infrastructure.
Integrated reference Architectures- Products in which predefined, pre-sized components are designated as options for an integrated system, where by the user and /or channel can make configuration choices between the predefined options.
And now coming to the benefits offered by a converged infrastructure –
- Reduced energy consumption
- Accelerated IT service department
- Increased efficiency across the entire IT services lifecycle
- Converged management
- Less vendors to deal with when worrying about technology road-maps and technology going forward