Hyper-Converged Infrastructure: Business Growing Beyond Expectations
When CRN in April of last year published "13 Powerful Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Solutions," there was a caveat courtesy of market researcher IDC: "IDC expects that market forces such [as] fierce competition and buyer demand will accelerate the metamorphosis of this market into a mature market with only a few dominant vendors."
But that's not how the market has shaped up. Rather than consolidating, the hyper-converged infrastructure market continues to expand, as new vendors -- both those with integrated appliances and those with software that sits on top of industry-standard x86-based servers -- continue to enter the business.
Not only have more players jumped in, but sales have taken off, and the proportion of the market owned by hyper-converged infrastructure has continued to climb.
IDC in March of this year said fourth quarter 2015 revenue from hyper-converged infrastructure sales reached $355.9 million, up 107.5 percent over fourth quarter 2014 sales. Hyper-converged infrastructure sales accounted for more than 11 percent of all converged infrastructure sales, which was by far the highest proportion seen in the past five quarters.
More vendors? More products? What more could a solution provider ask for?
Here's a look at the latest offerings from 23 vendors.