A new age of applications requires a new age of infrastructure, one that allows for greater mobility and improved ROI.
Sal Icban | Solutions Architect | vCORE
If you work in the IT industry, it’s hard to escape the constant buzz around hyperconverged infrastructure – a technology so disruptive that it challenges the way corporate IT organizations build next-generation data centers to power cloud-native applications.
Global technology leaders like Dell Technologies, Cisco, Nutanix and HP – to name a few – are making significant investments to get a share in this exploding market. Market researchers predict the HCI market to be worth more than $12 billion by 2022.
Contrary to popular belief, technology is becoming more complex to manage as we struggle to maintain the status quo on the existing set of applications that run the business. At the same time, we are challenged to develop new cloud-native applications leveraging a new set of tools and commanding an even newer set of skills.
How do you find the time to keep up? You shift your efforts away from mundane tasks, allowing you to provide more tangible value back to the business.
Speaking of business outcomes, faster time to value is what HCI is all about. It enables you to spend time you would otherwise have used on those mundane tasks – manually configuring hardware for procurement, installing all the necessary software, doing validation testing or performing migrations – into something that propels your company forward.
Pre-configured, pre-validated systems can be delivered to your door in a few weeks, allowing you to get a head start on the important stuff. You may have heard the term “Build vs. Buy” a few times already, but it makes perfect sense to shift our mindset away from that “but-we-have-always-done-it-this-way” mentality.
A new age of applications requires a new age of infrastructure, one that allows for greater mobility and improved ROI. The ability to procure, integrate and manage these systems is critical as we transform IT into a more “cloud-like” experience for our users. More and more of these users are demanding an AWS or Azure-like experience with an emphasis on real-time service delivery. While HCI doesn’t solve that challenge by itself, it can provide the plumbing to build on top of it (more on this subject in my next blog post).
So whether or not you see value in HCI for your environment (now or in the near future), the recent growth in this space has been undeniable. HCI vendors are cranking out improvements in their respective platforms at lightning speed. As vendors double down their efforts to try and win the growing market, the users are benefitting from new opportunities for powerful business results.
Learn more about HCI from vCORE here.