Hyper-converged Infrastructure (HCI) is slowly becoming de-rigeur for many enterprises in their attempt towards digital transformation. With move towards IoT, mobility and cloud computing, HCI systems are in demand. Market reports show that 20 percent of all mission critical applications that currently run on three-tier IT infrastructure will move to HCIS in the next two years.
Hyper-convergence is expected to be the next logical step for organizations looking to improve their workloads and infrastructure, while keeping cost under control. In India, hyper converged infrastructure systems are attracting the largest amount of interest among the converged systems portfolio. HCI is the fastest-growing part of the IT infrastructure market today as businesses of all sizes desire for substantial infrastructure simplification.
So why is it taking on? Explaining, Rajesh Ramnani, regional director, CPSD, Dell EMC India says, “Converged infrastructure brings in disparate components of IT infrastructure like servers, storage, networking, applications, and management under single pre-configured, and tested appliance delivered on customer premise. Which can be easily connected to the network and it is ready for use. It actually frees up the IT team to focus on more important issues.”
The company sees that by 2019, approximately 30% of the global storage array capacity installed in enterprise data centers will be deployed on hyper-converged integrated system (HCIS) architectures. As per IDC, India would be a USD 63M market for HCI by 2020. The market is expected to grow at a GAGR of 43%. The converged market will be USD 180M with a modest CAGR of 9%.
The CI focus
Jeff Boudreau, president, Dell EMC Storage Division says, “Our role is to deliver CI innovation that has the right mix and capacity of IT resources and data services that evolving applications require, but with pooled resources, so the data centre is more efficient even as workload requirements change. We offer this with a focus on reducing administrative burden for IT teams under constant pressure to deliver more with less.”
DellEMC has been focused on developing the converged infrastructure market with its VxRail line of appliances. According to the company, VxRail’s key performance advantage is its ability to deliver simplicity in a distributed enterprise. Recently it also refreshed its entire portfolio with new generation of 14G servers. It has boosted its HCI portfolio by putting Dell EMC HCI appliances on the newly designed Dell EMC PowerEdge 14th generation servers. The company claims that the upgraded Dell EMC HCI appliance portfolio offers customers significantly faster access to applications and data thanks to higher core counts, faster clock frequency, more memory channels, and faster memory resulting in up to 1.7x more processing power and up to 62% higher internal bandwidth.
Ramnani recently announced expansion of its converged infrastructure (CI) system with the addition of the next generation Dell EMC VxBlock System 1000. “The new system breaks the physical boundaries of traditional CI and offers enterprises even greater simplicity and flexibility to help accelerate their IT and digital transformation efforts. the VxBlock 1000 is designed to support workloads of all types and includes a substantially broader choice of world class storage arrays, data protection and compute than previous-generation VxBlock Systems. This new system’s all-in-one, multiple-technology design expands upon CI’s promise by further simplifying IT infrastructure lifecycle management through extensive pre-validation. This enables IT staff to be freed from time-consuming administrative tasks, so they can focus on higher-value, business innovation projects,” he added.
How KPIT used DellEMC’s CI
KPIT is one of the first companies in India to implement HCI to simplify its IT operations. With Dell EMC VxRail, KPIT Technologies (KPIT) was able to successfully drive business growth. KPIT partnered with us to implement a range of products to modernize its data center.
We partnered in 2010 to implement the Dell EMC Vblock converged infrastructure platform for its virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) running on VMware View. When KPIT wanted to extend its virtual desktops to all users, resulting in nearly double its VDI reach, the company migrated its storage solution to Dell EMC XtremIO, while the Dell EMC Vblock and Dell EMC VSPEX continued to support the company’s other mission-critical applications.
In early 2016 KPIT wanted to utilize public cloud services for its new growth areas. It was because the company wanted cost-efficient storage that would enable it to start small and scale over time. The Dell EMC team proposed that KPIT would benefit from the extreme configuration flexibility of hyper-converged infrastructure, which can be matched precisely to meet its business requirements. As a result of discussions with Dell EMC, KPIT selected Dell EMC VxRail hyper-converged infrastructure appliance for its development and test environments, and backup and recovery.
Instead of purchasing additional separate appliances, KPIT now has access to Dell EMC Data Protection Suite running on the hyper-converged infrastructure to provide backup and recovery services and management and monitoring capabilities. KPIT leverages public cloud storage for low-cost data archiving, especially for smaller, new growth areas of the business. Dell EMC VxRail includes Dell EMC CloudArray to provide the company with a simple way to integrate public and private cloud storage resources.