Hyper-converged infrastructure technology has taken big strides since emerging a decade ago, finding a home in data centers looking to ease procurement headaches and management chores.
Vendors originally positioned the technology as a simple-to-deploy, all-in-one offering that combined compute, storage and networking with a hypervisor. The essential selling points around simplicity remain the same today for this now-mainstream technology. But nothing stays completely the same in IT. We asked a few industry analysts and consultants to share their medium-term outlook for hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) trends through 2023.
The evolution of hyper-converged infrastructure will point to cloud
HCI is making its mark as a way to provide organizations with a cloud-like environment while maintaining closer control over IT resources. That pattern is set to continue into the medium term, as vendors develop closer ties to the cloud computing model.
"The trend will definitely continue and, more than likely, accelerate," said Jeff Mercier, technical solution architect at World Wide Technology, an integrator based in St. Louis. "Most of the HCI vendors are extending their capabilities to the public cloud in order to give seamless integration between the two. This allows customers to use public cloud resources and services while keeping the same manageability across both environments."