Enterprises Buying Into Hyper-Converged Infrastructure
Enterprises are starting to place their bets on hyper-converged infrastructure as major system vendors begin to acquire startups or bundle servers with hyper-converged software offerings, according to Gartner's new 2018 Magic Quadrant for Hyper-Converged Infrastructure.
The IT research firm predicts that by 2020, 20 percent of business-critical applications currently deployed on three-tier IT infrastructure will transition to hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI). Gartner defines HCI as a scale-out software-integrated infrastructure that applies a modular approach to compute, networking and storage on standard hardware with unified management. Manufacturers can either build their own appliances using off-the-shelf infrastructure or partner with system vendors that package the software stack as an appliance. 2018 marks the first year that Gartner has published a hyper-converged infrastructure Magic Quadrant.