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The Rise of Converged Infrastructures: Simplifying IT complexity

Zafar Anjum | Feb. 6, 2015
In this interview with ENM Online Editor Zafar Anjum, Gil Shneorson, Vice President & General Manager VSPEX at EMC, discusses the emergence of converged infrastructures, how they simplify IT and what benefit they bring to businesses.

Gil Shneorson

In this interview with ENM Online Editor Zafar Anjum, Gil Shneorson, Vice President & General Manager VSPEX at EMC, discusses the emergence of converged infrastructures, how they simplify IT and what benefit they bring to businesses.

What are converged infrastructures? What brought them into existence and what problems do they solve for companies?

Imagine a converged infrastructure as a one-stop solution where multiple physical technology components are assembled, validated and offered as cohesive optimized virtualization solutions.  While converged solutions can vary typically they are comprised of similar building blocks such as servers, data-storage devices, networking equipment and virtualization software coupled with tools for IT infrastructure management, automation and orchestration.

Converged infrastructure originated because IT organizations needed to find better ways to deploy, manage and scale their IT infrastructure while at the same time decrease their overall IT costs and increase their profitability. Achieved by using pools of compute, storage and networking resources that can be shared by multiple applications and managed in a collective manner, they provide the means to centralize the management of IT resources, to consolidate systems, to increase resource-utilization rates, and to lower costs.

Many companies have adopted or are considering converged infrastructure solutions because they provide them the ability to optimize and simplify their data center deployments. Complete tested and validated solutions can be deployed with relative ease and timeliness as converged systems are tested and validated by EMC eliminating complexity, disparate and siloed systems, optimizing IT staff and increasing total cost of ownership.

What are the main trends in hyper-converged infrastructures in Asia? In Singapore?

Customers are looking for single scale out appliance type solutions that provide compute, storage, network and virtualization in one easy to manage Infrastructure. The combination of all the requisite components into a single system is really attractive to those buyers who want agility, speed and simplicity. Increasingly customers are looking to deploy commodity hardware, and in fact, according to IDC, the converged infrastructure segment grew 68.5% from 2012 to a $1.4B market opportunity in 2013. This market is predicted to expand to $17.8 billion in 2016. EMC estimates the hyper-converged infrastructure total addressable market to be between $6B and $8B for 2014 with a CAGR of 39% worldwide. In Asia we see the same trend. A lot of companies are choosing the new and rapidly growing hyper-converged infrastructures to manage their data centres, especially in mature markets like Singapore. Ranked by the World Economic Forum as the second most "infrastructure ready" country in the world, Singapore is quickly embracing these new trends and we forsee it to be at the forefront of hyper-converged infrastructure adoption in Asia. 

How big is the market for hyper-converged infrastructures in this region? What opportunities does EMC see in these markets?

 

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