October 1, 2017

What is converged infrastructure and why should you care?

Quick deployment. Simplicity. Flexibility. Cost savings. These are all benefits that converged or hyper-converged infrastructure solutions can provide to organizations.

According to TechTarget, a converged infrastructure simplifies IT by bundling three key data center stack components — compute, storage and networking — into a single chassis that can be quickly deployed and centrally managed. The hardware is preconfigured to run whatever workload you have, whether it is a database, virtual desktop infrastructure or a specific application. The converged infrastructure provides pre-integrated, validated and workload-optimized technology to IT organizations that can then focus on bringing applications into production quickly instead of maintaining an infrastructure.

According to the International Data Corporation Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker, worldwide converged systems vendor revenues increased 6.2% year over year to $3.15 billion during the second quarter of 2017. The market consumed 1.78 exabytes of new storage capacity during the quarter, which was up 5.6% compared to the same period a year ago.

The converged market is divided into three types of solutions:

Three types of converged solutions

You may have also heard of hyper-converged infrastructures. These solutions originate from both converged infrastructure and the software defined data center concept. One way to describe hyper-converged infrastructure is that vendors put everything in a box so that all the pieces are integrated and easy to control on a cloud platform. Hyper-converged infrastructures include the same aspects of converged infrastructures but add additional components like backup software, snapshot capabilities, data deduplication, WAN optimization and more.

Pull Quote Hyper-Converged

Like the converged market, the hyper-converged market is rapidly growing. IDC says the market for hyper-converged systems topped $2.6 billion in 2016 and could reach 6.4 billion by 2020. 

Arrow supports partners who are thinking about or currently selling into the converged market with its Data Center Convergence program. Getting the servers, storage and networking devices to all play together can be a challenge. Arrow leverages established relationships with top technology vendors, so that you can provide your customers with a solid solution. In addition to technology, Arrow will also help you with the tools, information and support you need to create a fully virtualized architecture for your customers.

If you would like to learn more about the converged or hyper-converged marketplace, contact your Arrow representative.

Editor’s note: This post was originally published in October 2016 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.