More than likely you’re hearing “converged IT infrastructure” come up in recent discussions about data centers. Converged infrastructure is on its way to becoming mainstream, with $33.89 billion expected to be spent on it by 2019, according to a study by Marketsandmarkets.com.
In a recent announcement, the global research and consulting firm said the factors that are driving converged infrastructure market include the goals of aligning IT with business requirements, replacing or supplementing aging of traditional data centers, lowering the cost of services and rapidly growing cloud services.
Defining the terms
Converged IT infrastructure can be defined as a structure that combines storage and compute. As a platform, the converged IT infrastructure is getting a lot of attention because it’s small yet powerful, according to Data Center Knowledge. It enables you to integrate with hypervisor technologies and abstract services.
Meanwhile, hyper-converged IT infrastructure has been getting a lot of new attention because it provides a system that integrates compute and storage, as well as virtualization resources, networking and other software components.
With the popularity of converged IT infrastructure gaining more traction, here are some trends that SearchDataCenter.com, a technology news source, is projecting. It said converged infrastructure will enter these new areas in 2016:
- Data protection: With the increasing concerns about security, data protection is being converged into traditional storage, HCI solutions and software-defined storage. This could lead to more complete converged IT infrastructure services that address data intake through operations, analysis and backup.
- Edge computing. Taking into consideration the needs of remote computing, hyper converged IT could be used to combine remote computing, wide-area network optimization and projected data center storage into stateless remote appliances.
- Data center. Hyper-converged IT infrastructure also could provide an alternative to building out an entire data center. Along with the integration of software-defined networking and cloud operations, it could provide a full solution.