• How to reduce the complexity of your IT infrastructure

Virtualised (or software-defined infrastructure) is continuing to transform computing infrastructure. The consultancy firm Protiviti has claimed that virtualisation will remain a priority for IT leaders.

Faisal Ghaus, vice president of analyst TechNavio, said: “With the increasing adoption of virtualised computing infrastructure, enterprises are finding it easier to manage their work. They are able to run multiple servers on the same equipment, which reduces the demand for additional servers.”

Research by the IT professionals’ organisation Spiceworks has also found almost four fifths (79%) of European organisations have deployed a virtualisation solution.

The ability to virtualise this infrastructure has – similarly to storage – led to a rise in the utilisation of IaaS offerings. Data centre firm Emerson predicts that two thirds of data centre computing will be carried out in the cloud by 2025.

Organisations are also deploying their own private clouds; increasingly opting to reduce the complexity and expense of integrating storage and computing by deploying hyperconverged infrastructures.

Eric Sheppard, research director for storage systems at IDC, said: "An important part of this evolution is the relatively recent emergence of hyperconverged systems. These systems are helping to deliver many of the proven benefits of integrated systems, including reduced complexity, risk, and inefficiencies, into new environments with targeted infrastructure needs or smaller budgets.”

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As the market evolves, converged solutions will be a key way to deliver infrastructure for SMBs, and for branch offices.  This dovetails nicely with the benefits of virtualisation, and brings opex down still further.

For larger organisations, hyper-converged appliances could be useful to watch, but ensure you don’t back yourself into a lock-in scenario.  Evaluate carefully, and put some options on the table.  Be clear on whether a rapid turnkey solution is best, or whether a more open solution might fit your needs better.

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