5. Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Grabs Significant Storage Market Share
The deployment of hyper-converged infrastructure solutions will explode in 2015 as customers find them an easy way to combine server, storage, networking and virtualization technologies with a single management point and a single throat to choke. That makes them ideal to replace stand-alone storage solutions for many tasks like virtual desktops, remote and branch office computing, and disaster recovery.
The introduction in late 2014 of VMware's EVO: RAIL hyper-converged software stack, while not the first or the best solution by far, will be notable in 2015 as the spark that generates widespread interest in hyper-converged infrastructure solutions. By year-end, almost every server, storage and networking vendor will offer their own solutions, and customers will run with them as an easy way to build private clouds.