Three Big Reasons Why Convergence is the Future of Cloud

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New IT service delivery methodologies are revolutionizing how IT departments function and how users access the applications that make businesses successful. Demands on IT have necessitated a change to on-demand services, self-service models, and increasing focus on time-to-value for IT projects.

According to Gartner, the use of cloud computing is growing. In 2016, this growth rose to become the bulk of new IT spending. For many organizations, these will be the defining years for cloud as private cloud begins to give way to hybrid cloud with nearly half of large enterprises expected to have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017.

“Overall, there are very real trends toward cloud platforms and also toward massively scalable processing. Virtualization, service orientation and the Internet have converged to sponsor a phenomenon that enables individuals and businesses to choose how they’ll acquire or deliver IT services, with reduced emphasis on the constraints of traditional software and hardware licensing models,” said Chris Howard, research vice president at Gartner. “Services delivered through the cloud will foster an economy based on delivery and consumption of everything from storage to computation to video to finance deduction management.”

The increased focus on cloud and service delivery has resulted in the creation of the next-generation of converged architecture. In the past, convergence was fairly basic with minimal management or virtualization involved. It was basically a better collection of hardware resources; rather than working with complex individual components. Today’s converged infrastructure (CI) solutions are smarter, smaller, much more efficient, based on newer technologies, and have direct integration with virtualization and cloud solutions.

And, organizations are already seeing the big benefits behind a converged infrastructure environment. Gartner expects it to go from zero in 2012 to a $5 billion market by 2019, becoming the category leader by revenue in pre-integrated full-stack infrastructure products. The category also includes reference architectures, integrated infrastructure and integrated stacks.

The big benefits behind CI are huge driving factors around the adoption boom that we’re already experiencing. According to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker, the worldwide converged systems market increased revenue 8.5% year over year to $3.1 billion during the fourth quarter of 2015 (4Q15). The market generated 1,547 petabytes of new storage capacity shipments during the quarter, which was up 26.9% compared to the same period a year ago.

It’s clear that converged systems are changing the way we utilize resource and deploy our data centers. But how is it revolutionizing the business? Where is convergence changing the way we adopt cloud? Most importantly of all – how does convergence create truly cost-effective solutions?

With all of this in mind – let’s look at the three big reasons why convergence will become the future of cloud:

  1. New types of workloads require greater levels of optimization achievable with workload-specific converged systems. New types of applications, workloads, and user demands are requiring greater levels of optimization and business opportunities. This means ensuring that resources are available when both the users and the business require them. Converged infrastructure integrates critical resources into one intelligent backplane. With direct hypervisor and data center integration you create an optimized environment with direct visibility into the resource and application layer. Convergence allows you to optimize your resources while still distributing workloads to cloud and beyond.
  2. Cloud and web-scale economics. Being able to quickly adapt to changing business requirements is critical for true success. The only way to ensure this is by having a data center which can allow web-scale capabilities. This means aligning workloads, applications, users and the business. Modern converged infrastructure solutions allow organizations to quickly onboard new users, deploy new applications, and scale directly into the cloud. Not only does this help with faster go-to-market capabilities, you also shift the economics of working with cloud and converged solutions.
  3. Converged infrastructure creates new levels of operational efficiency. Convergence absolutely impacts your data center, how users connect, and where resources are deployed. However, converged infrastructure also directly impacts your business and operational efficiency. You can deploy faster market solutions, allow users to access their resources faster, and create better business workflow processes. Converged infrastructure allows you to take virtualization technologies to the next level. This means that businesses can stay proactive in today’s ever-evolving market. By combining a converged infrastructure data center and the modern business – you help create real-world operational efficiencies.

New kinds of cloud opportunities are everywhere. By tying in network, compute, storage, and the application environment you create unparalleled converged solutions. Convergence allows for greater levels of virtualization and integration with distributed cloud environments. This allows for real resources efficiency, cloud scalability, and supports and evolving business model.

Remember, the future of the data center is closely tied to efficiency, content delivery, and supporting the modern business. That’s why the architecture for a next-generation data center heavily revolves around convergence. And, those partners which can deliver converged infrastructure architectures will be supporting new cloud and data center solutions. This means more opportunities to help business create a real-world IT ecosystem that’s capable of keeping up with demand. Convergence-ready partners will be the foundation for the next-generation data center environment.

It’s important to note that the future of the data center revolves around supporting an ever-evolving business environment. Convergence allows you to utilize heterogonous hardware systems, coupled with different hypervisors – all to deliver dynamic resources to a variety of points. Moving forward – businesses will continue to depend more and more on the underlying data center. Keeping your infrastructure agile and creating convergence partnerships will help you retain your competitive edge.

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Bill Kleyman

CTO at MTM Technologies

Bill is an enthusiastic technologist with experience in datacenter design, management, and deployment. His architecture work includes large virtualization and cloud deployments as well as business network design and implementation. Bill enjoys writing, blogging, and educating colleagues around everything that is technology. During the day, Bill is the CTO at MTM Technologies, where he interacts with enterprise organizations and helps align IT strategies with direct business goals. Bill’s whitepapers, articles, video blogs and podcasts have been published and referenced on InformationWeek, NetworkComputing, TechTarget, DarkReading, Data Center Knowledge, CBS Interactive, Slashdot, and many others. Most recently, Bill was ranked #16 in the Onalytica study which reviewed the top 100 most influential individuals in the cloud landscape, globally.

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