Hyper-converged platforms are maturing rapidly into data centre industry mainstays, disrupting the broader converged and data centre infrastructure markets.
According to Technology Business Research findings, hyper-converged platforms are moving from point workload deployments into broader, business-critical implementations, in turn accelerating displacement of legacy systems and concentrating opportunities for traditional convergence.
“Costly and complex legacy infrastructure simply does not move with the agility that today’s modern business environment requires,” TBR data centre senior analyst, Krista Macomber, said.
“Hyper-converged platforms offer customers a fast and simplified on-ramp to cloud-like flexibility, simplicity and cost economics on premises.
“As customers get a taste of the resulting business transformation, demand and revenue are growing robustly.”
Looking ahead, Macomber said the converged systems market will grow at a 10.9 per cent from 2015 to 2020, reaching nearly $US22 billion, on the back of the technology’s ability to simplify deployment and management, improve integration and efficiency, and reduce complexity and TCO.
Within this market, hyper-converged platforms will grow from less than seven per cent of converged systems revenue to more than 33 per cent, as a widening range of customers leverage the architecture as a foundational component of their core data centres.
“Traditional converged systems retain advantages such as the performance boost of bare metal processing and the flexibility inherent in disaggregated compute, storage and networking,” Macomber added.
“However, workload opportunities are blurring as customers deploy workloads such as analytics, ERP and cloud hosting on hyper-converged platforms to simplify management and operations, as well as boost the efficiency of underlying storage environments.”
For vendors, Macomber said the disruptive nature of hyper-converged platforms will result in a splintered and highly competitive landscape for the foreseeable future.
“Evolving pain points around deployment and scalability will compel vendors to differentiate by addressing concerns such as the centralising and streamlining of provisioning tools,” Macomber said.
“Additionally, vendors’ visibility and stickiness with customers will be determined by their ability to broaden discussions into advisory around overall IT and business modernisation.”
Several traditional incumbents, including Dell EMC and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, have a head start in establishing this credibility with customers, but Macomber believes the market will face pressure from other vendors ranging from Lenovo to Nutanix that are investing to fill this need.