Converged Infrastructure and Server Trends
Overall Satisfaction High With Hyperconverged Vendors

 


About This Report: In October, the 451 Global Digital Infrastructure Alliance surveyed 349 members about their organization’s converged infrastructure and servers, including adoption, vendor ratings and trends.

 

Converged Infrastructure Products. Although VMware VSAN tops the list as the most popular converged infrastructure product, it is by no means the only one. The survey indicates that respondents say a wide range of products from a number of vendors are in their organizations’ converged infrastructure product portfolio.

Key Attributes. When seeking out a vendor to meet their needs for hyperconverged infrastructure, almost three-quarters of the respondents (73%) said they are looking for Value for money (TCO/ROI). Another 64% said Technical support/expertise and Product performance/features were equally important.

Hyperconverged Vendor Satisfaction. Overall satisfaction is high, with an average rating of 8.1. A closer look shows that 70% of respondents say they are Highly satisfied with their hyperconverged vendor and another 24% gave their vendor a Moderate satisfaction rating. Only 6% gave them a Low satisfaction rating.

Containers. Respondents running containers on their x86 servers were asked how many containers are typically configured per server and 32% of those respondents are running 4-5 Containers per Server. Another 26% are running 2-3 Containers per Server.

By Tracy Corbo

Converged Infrastructure Adoption

The adoption of converged technology is a critical component in helping organizations better integrate their on-premises resources. This is especially true for companies that still run portions of their business on legacy on-premises infrastructure that needs to bridge new technologies such as cloud and IoT.

The use of converged infrastructure is Broadly adopted with production applications (55%) or in Initial implementation with production applications (27%).Only 18% report it as still in a test environment.

Standard Converged Infrastructure

Spending Plans. Looking at spending on standard converged infrastructure over the next 12 months, 25% of respondents said they expect to see a slight increase in spending; only 5% expect to see a significant increase.

Converged Infrastructure Products. Respondents who use either standard converged or hyperconverged technologies were asked which products are in their organization’s converged infrastructure product portfolio.

While VMware VSAN (32%) and Dell EMC PowerEdge FX (22%) top the list, there are also a wide number of other products in their portfolios.

Hyperconverged Infrastructure

Respondents who use hyperconverged infrastructure were asked a series of questions about spending, key attributes and vendor satisfaction.

Spending Plans. Looking at spending on hyperconverged infrastructure over the next 12 months, 30% of respondents expect to see a Slight increase in spending while another 15% expect to see a Significant increase. Only 10% expect to see a decrease.

Key Attributes. When seeking out a vendor to meet their needs for hyperconverged infrastructure, almost three-quarters of the respondents (73%) said they are looking for Value for money (TCO/ROI). Another 64% said Technical support/expertise and Product performance/features were equally important.

Vendors. VMware (47%) and Dell EMC (41%) are the most popular vendors for hyperconverged infrastructure products, followed more distantly by Cisco (24%).

Vendor Ratings. Hyperconverged vendors received strong marks in their ability to meet expectations across a wide number of attributes including Product performance/features, Brand/reputation and Long-term viability.

Overall Satisfaction. Respondents were asked to rate their level of satisfaction with their hyperconverged vendors on a 10-point scale, where 0 is ‘not at all satisfied’ and 10 is ‘extremely satisfied.’ Overall satisfaction is high with an average rating of 8.1. A closer look shows that 70% of respondents are Highly satisfied with their hyperconverged vendor and another 24% gave them a Moderate satisfaction rating. Only 6% gave them a Low satisfaction rating.

Server Trends

Spending. In the next 12 months, 26% of respondents expect to see a Slight increase in spending on x86 servers and only 6% expect a Significant increase. On the flip side, 25% of respondents expect to see a decrease (Slight 13%, Significant 12%).

VMs. Respondents using x86 servers were asked what percentage of their organizations’ servers are running VMs and over half (52%) said more than three-quarters of their x86 servers are running VMs.

Containers. Respondents who are running containers on their x86 servers were asked how many containers are typically configured per server and 32% of those respondents are running 4-5 Containers per Server. Another 26% are running 2-3 Containers per Server. Only 9% are running more than 20 per server.

Vendors. Dell EMC (40%) is the most recent x86 server vendor respondents who are using x86 servers have purchased from, followed by HPE (25%). Cisco (15%) is a distant third.

Vendor Ratings. In terms of vendor attributes, the rating across all the categories was at the high end of moderate ranging from 7 to 7.6 on average. Long-term viability (7.6) on average was the top attribute and Innovation (7) was at the bottom.

Vendor Satisfaction. Respondents were asked to rate their level of satisfaction on a 10-point scale, where 0 is ‘not at all satisfied’ and 10 is ‘extremely satisfied.’ The overall satisfaction on average was 7.7 and 61% of respondents rating it at a High satisfaction (8-10). Only 5% gave it a Low satisfaction (0-4) rating.

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