Hyper Converged Infrastructure(HCI) hit the storage market in 2014, with a key difference that they combine storage and compute functionality into a single, highly virtualized server based solution.
Seeing the trend, top tier storage system makers over the past couple of years started to focus on hyper converged portfolios by partnering with virtualization vendors like VMware.
According to IDC, hyper converged segment is now the fastest growing segment in larger converged infrastructure market. In the first quarter, while the overall converged infrastructure space grew 11 percent year-over-year to $2.5 billion, the hyper converged segment jumped 148 percent, to $371.8 million.
In 2015, hyper converged infrastructure was a $981.91 million market, according to IDC Research Director Eric Sheppard. By 2019, it is expected to increase to more than $4.7 billion.
Another internationally recognized IT research firm Gartner expects the space to reach $2 billion this year, and almost $5 billion by 2019.
So, why is the craze for hyper converged infrastructure picking up among data center managers?
The reason is simple, organizations are seeing complexity and cost of their data centers increase by trends such as mobility, data analytics, the proliferation of mobile devices, the growing adoption of virtualization and cloud. So, they are looking for ways to reduce their capital and operational costs, provided scalability and flexibility of the available systems is not compromised and the deployed systems are easier to deploy and manage their environment. At the same time, enterprises want to transform their IT departments, moving away from group of IT specialists to staffing their data centers with not so proficient head count—-HCI offers all in one single count.
Hyper Converged infrastructure also give the flexibility of cloud environment without having to go to a public cloud, allowing the strong management and security working within their own environments.
Initially, Hyper Converged systems were embraced by mid market customers, and while enterprises increasingly adopted the infrastructure, the majority of the business right now remains in the mid market. These systems are also getting a lot craze due to the fact that they are quickest in the market to get up and running on a new workload. All those enterprises which are evaluating hyper converged offerings for infrastructure consolidation efforts and virtual desktop infrastructure are going for HCI deployments. Also these systems can be used for VDI, server virtualization and consolidation, data protection, test and development and to serve large remote and branch offices.
StoneFly Unified Storage & Server(USS) hyper converged appliances help enterprises consolidate all their serve and storage systems into one easy to manage, full redundant, highly available modular appliance. Use of virtualized operating systems allows for complete hardware utilization and considerable reduction in power and cooling costs. StoneFly USS USS-HA flexibility replaces the “fixed hardware model” of the past with on-demand resource allocation (such as CPU, memory, storage, etc..) based on your application needs.
The USS-HA appliance includes a clustered Virtual SAN Storage Appliance Cluster (SCVM) and the ability to create additional Virtual Storage or Servers as needed. By migrating your existing Windows and Linux physical servers to VMware-compatible Virtual Machines on the StoneFly USS appliance, you can greatly reduce your hardware footprint and run many more applications on much less hardware.
For enterprises which are looking to use StoneFly USS hyper converged appliances for business continuity and disaster recovery can utilize the smart features such as delta based snapshots, synchronous replication and asynchronous replication.
StoneFly USS appliances can begin with a single node configuration and then can be expanded in nodes as low as 2U (12 drive bays) to 4U (24 drive bays). Plus each appliance can be scaled up to support a total of 256 drives per node. Cluster nodes and their expansion nodes can be seamlessly added one at a time with zero downtime. This provides a time to value deployment of under 30 minutes with no disruption to ongoing operations.
For more details click on StoneFly Hyper Converged appliance product page