Converged Infrastructure Is Going Mainstream

 
 
By Michael Vizard  |  Posted 2014-06-16 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Converged Infrastructure Adoption

    Converged infrastructure has definitely crossed the chasm. Almost half of organizations (46%) report they are already using a converged infrastructure stack, and 44% are planning or considering adoption.
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    2 - Converged Infrastructure Adoption by Vertical
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    Converged Infrastructure Adoption by Vertical

    Converged infrastructure opportunities for solution providers span almost every vertical. Finance and technology companies, as usual, lead with 34.5% and 17.9%, respectively. Education comes in third, at 7.1 %. When it comes to consideration, manufacturing jumps from 3.6% to 8.6 %.
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    3 - Reasons for Moving to Converged Infrastructure
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    Reasons for Moving to Converged Infrastructure

    The benefits of converged infrastructure are tough to ignore. More efficient provisioning of resources (70%) and more agility (66%) were the top reasons to shift to converged infrastructure, followed by lower operating costs, at 63%.
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    4 - Drivers of Converged Infrastructure Adoption
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    Drivers of Converged Infrastructure Adoption

    Virtualization forces the converged infrastructure issue. In fact, 58% cited the adoption of VMware as the initiative to drive their adoption, while 33.8% attributed the shift to infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) technology.
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    5 - New Drivers of Converged Infrastructure Adoption
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    New Drivers of Converged Infrastructure Adoption

    Big data and custom applications create a new source of demand. While VMware still drives the need for new projects, at 30.1%, big data and custom applications ranked second (23.3%) and third (21.9%).
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    6 - Blade Count by Early Converged Infrastructure Adopter
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    Blade Count by Early Converged Infrastructure Adopter

    Blade server density is on the rise. Almost half (49.5%) are running 17 or more blades per server. Nine to 16 blades are being deployed by 36.8%.
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    Reasons for Not Adopting Converged Infrastructure

    Inertia remains a powerful IT force. A full 41.2% said their existing IT infrastructure works just fine.
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    Taking Charge of Converged Infrastructure

    Multiple teams within the IT organization are driving converged infrastructure adoption. Almost 60% said the server team is in charge. The virtualization team was cited by 52.6%.
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    IT Staffing Implications

    The internal IT organization will be run by "data center engineers" with multiple skills. IT organizations plan to increase virtualization, server and networking staffing, but a full 70% expect to have a dedicated converged infrastructure unit by 2015.
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    Top Converged Infrastructure Vendors Considered

    Cisco and Hewlett-Packard generally face off most when it comes to converged infrastructure. Cisco UCS leads (64.6%), followed by Hewlett-Packard (58.2%), NetApp FlexPod (48.1%) and VCE Vblock (45.6%). However, 41.8% said they are considering building their own.
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    Top Converged Infrastructure Vendors Chosen

    When Cisco UCS is added to NetApp FlexPod or VCE Vblock, Cisco dominates the category. Cisco UCS leads at 57%, followed by Hewlett-Packard at 41.8%.
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    Converged Infrastructure Being Considered Now

    There is a strong desire to build best-of-breed systems. A full 46.9% are still thinking about building their own, followed by 37% and 25.9% who are considering Cisco and Hewlett-Packard.
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    Top Orchestration Tools for Converged Infrastructure

    VMware extends virtual machine dominance into management. VMware vCloud leads at 44%, followed by Puppet Labs at 32% and homegrown scripts at 29.3%.
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    Top Orchestration Tools Being Considered

    OpenStack gains a lot of mindshare. VMware vCloud still leads at 30.5%, but OpenStack is already at 29.2%, followed by Cisco at 20.8%.
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    Converged Infrastructure Management Tools in Use

    No one tool dominates converged infrastructure. Half the respondents are using multiple tools they already own followed by 46.1% citing tools supplied by converged infrastructure vendors.
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    The Converged Infrastructure Pay-Off

    Of the early adopters, 78.7% cite improved productivity and 73.3% report improved customer satisfaction.
 

The shift to converged infrastructure in the enterprise is hitting full stride, according to the findings of a survey of 183 IT professionals conducted by Zenoss, a provider of IT monitoring and management software. Almost half the IT professionals surveyed said they have already deployed converged infrastructure—integrated stacks of computing, storage and networking hardware and software—in their organizations and another 81 report they are either considering or planning on it. The biggest driver of that shift is the move to virtualization. Thanks in part to partnerships with EMC and NetApp, Cisco dominates the converged infrastructure segment, with HP the next closest in terms of systems acquired and being actively considered, but there's also a strong sentiment toward building your own converged infrastructure. In addition, while VMware dominates in terms of management frameworks, 32 percent said they are considering OpenStack technologies. Perhaps, more significantly from the perspective of solution providers in the channel, 70 percent report they expect to have a dedicated converged infrastructure unit in place by 2015. This portends opportunities for the channel. Take a look at key findings from the study.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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