Hyper Converged infrastructure offers elements of storage, compute and network components work together through a software on a singe commodity appliance from a single vendor. This allows scalability of resources in a cost effective way.
International Data Corporation(IDC) survey has suggested that Hyper Converged infrastructure market share will grow by 50% in 2016. The research firm predicted that rise of hyper-converged systems will take place due to the confluence of several large technology and business trends that span different disciplines. They are as follows-
Hardware- In recent times, processor performance has revolutionized to such an extent that memory speed and capacity have rendered the average server get overpowered for typical workloads, making the one application, one server design model obsolete. On an additional note, the inherent advantages of semiconductor memory and rapid developments in density of flash memory has allowed servers to far exceed the IO performance of hard drives and approach the price parity with high performance disks for primary storage.
Software- Server virtualization allows today’s overpowered hardware to be carved into workload-appropriate logical units. That decoupling of physical and logical resource sizing enables workload consolidation onto fewer systems while providing flexibility to more precisely matched application requirements with resource capacity.
IT Operations- Digitization of business processes and the explosion in the number of mobile clients have led to a concomitant increase in system management complexity and overhead that’s unsustainable without system consolidation, simplification and automation. Fueling this trend is the already existing server virtualization technology and the demand for new applications. The Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative is a direct response to that trend. According to Government Accountability Office report, agencies had closed over 3,127 data centers by the end of fiscal year 015 and plan to close another 2,078 by the end of the fiscal 2019- all thanks to virtualization and consolidation.
Business environment- Increase in business competition and heightened management emphasis on efficiency and sustainable growth, have created a sustained period of tight budgets for non-core overhead activities such as IT. As per a survey conducted by IT Dashboard, the compound annual growth rate for federal IT spending over the past six years was just 1.3 percent. In the meantime, federal IT departments have started to spend three times more on operations than on service development and modernization. The spending on routine activities such as system management, patching/updating, monitoring and troubleshooting is 70 percent and more.
The said more being observed in large and older data center environments that aren’t consolidated. Those centers often support inefficient, legacy, three-tier applications that are ill-suited to cloud deployment or redesign. The result is little available staff time and operating budget to respond to new service requests or support business innovation. With the craze for cloud services increasing in private sector to support new applications, the inefficiency of legacy systems to support these services is making IT executives discomfited.
For this reason, the adoption Hyper Converged Infrastructure is said to increase in current year as it allows budget, operations and IT governance dynamics play right, making it a great fit for many agency workloads.
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