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Hyper-converged technologies find themselves in the midst of a technology tug of war.
The predominant IT trend over the past few years has been the migration of on-premises infrastructure and applications to cloud computing environments. But as it turns out, the traffic on the information superhighway isn't strictly one way. The cloud, as it exists today, isn't a good fit for every IT need. Some companies have actually embarked on reverse migrations, taking back IT resources from the cloud and running them in house again. In one recent survey, 40% of the respondents with experience in the public cloud said they have undertaken such "unclouding" projects -- moving workloads to on-premises facilities.
Against this backdrop, hyper-converged technologies have emerged as a key destination for those IT elements coming back home to the data center. The technology's proponents say hyper-converged infrastructure offers a price and performance edge with its all-in-one approach to IT. The sales pitch: Why buy and maintain compute and storage as separate components when you can purchase them in a single appliance? Throw in virtualization, management and connectivity, and you have the total package.
Enterprises of various sizes have bought into hyper-converged technologies, and that pattern seems set to continue despite the market's growing pains. Uses for hyper-converged infrastructure continue to expand. Niche markets including video game developers are now emerging. And the IT industry's largest vendors are committing to the market, as Hewlett Packard Enterprise's recent purchase of SimpliVity underscores.
This handbook aims to provide an overview of the hyper-converged infrastructure landscape. It's an intriguing technology and one that channel partners could well consider adding to their product and service portfolios.