Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Can Spur CIO Innovation

by Sohini Bagchi    Jun 15, 2016

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Hyperconverged infrastructure solutions supporting software-defined data centres and cloud computing platforms have spawned a great deal of interest over the last year. Hyper-converged infrastructure is gaining significant acceptance across enterprises of all sizes.

“It is an answer to the organizations scouting for cost efficient, simple, flexible and scalable IT infrastructure in this digital world. It helps in the creation of virtual data center by consolidating key IT components,” states Rajesh Ramnani,  Director at VCE, (Virtual Computing Environment), the converged platforms division of EMC.

In an exclusive interaction with CXOtoday, Ramnani discusses the significant benefits of hyperconverged infrastructure, shedding light on the current trends in the hyper-converged infrastructure and its state of adoption in India. Excerpt.

- Could you shed light on the current trends in the hyper-converged infrastructure market with specific focus on the Indian market?

Hyper-converged infrastructure is gaining significant acceptance across enterprises of all sizes. It is an answer to the organizations scouting for cost efficient, simple, flexible and scalable IT infrastructure in this digital world. It helps in the creation of virtual data center by consolidating key IT components.

The converged infrastructure market has witnessed notable traction in India over the last few years. Organizations across verticals are moving from the traditional ‘build-it-yourself’ infrastructure to converged ‘ready-to-use’ infrastructure that is simple, scalable, secure and cost efficient. According to Converged IT infrastructure survey sponsored by VCE, IT departments will spend $14.3 billion on converged infrastructure by 2018, a 27 percent increase from the $10.2 billion that they spent in 2015.

It is also being widely adopted by all organizations considering “Buying” ready solutions rather than “Building” their own. On Hyper Converged Front we have seen increased traction from IT/ITES, Telecom organizations and Service providers creating their public cloud platforms as well as Mid-Market enterprises who want hassle free simple to use and deploy infrastructure.

Market potential in India for Hyper-Converged solutions can exceed USD 15Mn in FY 2016 itself, of which 50% will be in Midmarket and rest will be in large enterprises and corporates.  

- How do you foresee the growth of HCI?

Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) has gained notable traction in India. It is one of the most preferred methods for deploying IT in the data center, as IT departments seek ways to adjust to their new role in business and new responsibilities entrusted on them.  Hyper-converged infrastructure helps in simplifying and expediting the delivery of application workloads. HCI market is growing at 60% YoY, as per analysts expected to touch USD 4Bn+ by 2020.

According to Gartner it is expected to become a $5 billion market by 2019; thereby becoming the category leader by revenue in pre-integrated full-stack infrastructure products. 

- Can you briefly elaborate on the VCE VxRack System 1000 with Neutrino Nodes, your latest hyper-converged offering and the benefits it offers to businesses?

The recently launched VxRack system 1000 series is a new hyper-converged offering that complements VCE converged infrastructure systems. It is a self-contained units of servers and networking are well suited for use cases that require a highly scalable infrastructure. It has a flexible, modular design that meets the scalability, performance, and efficiency requirements of modern data centers.

As IT organizations that are moving toward a software-defined architecture can utilize it for a diverse set of use cases, especially in situations where application growth is unpredictable. In fact, VCE VxRack System 1000 with Neutrino Nodes targets IT organizations looking to build infrastructure and platform as a service deployments. VCE VxRack System 1000 arrays run EMC ScaleIO storage software and integrate software-defined networking, as well as physical networking, with Cisco spine-and-leaf networking fabric.

Neutrino refers to specialized software code that EMC developed as part of its Project Caspian initiative previewed a year ago. Neutrino code allows push-button deployment of OpenStack nodes running on VxRack arrays. The OpenStack Neutrino Nodes are expected to be generally available in July. We are also adding VxRack Systems with Neutrino Nodes for Apache Hadoop big data clusters and VMware Photon Platform in 2017.

Neutrino adds a third category of software-defined storage to the VxRack System 1000 Series. The series includes Flex Nodes for traditional workloads and VMware SDDC nodes that incorporate VMware vSphere Enterprise, VMware Virtual SAN, VMware NSX, VMware vCenter Server and the VMware vRealize Suite.

- How will the app developers community benefit from this new technology?

In today’s dynamically changing digital economy, rapid application development and shortened release cycles are the new normal. DevOps, leveraging continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) and a more integrated operating model and culture between developers and IT, can provide a competitive edge, but shifting to DevOps is difficult without the right development platform and tools. Cloud-native platforms address this need. Cloud-native refers to a new software architecture that enables agile application development that follows cloud-native principles, a shift toward microservices versus monolithic app stacks, and embraces container infrastructure abstraction models.

- What’s is the roadmap for Hyper-converged infrastructure in India?

The Indian government’s increased emphasis on campaign like ‘Make in India’ and the plans to set-up smart cities in India is paving way for the aggressive growth of hyper-converged infrastructure in India. The steady acceptance of Cloud, Mobility and Internet of Things is leading to the demand for hyper-converged infrastructure.