While talking to enterprise and cloud data center operators, the subject of hyper-converged infrastructure is a very hot topic. This new approach to infrastructure brings together server, storage, and networking components into an appliance designed for quicker installation and easier management. Some industry observers say hyper-converged systems are likely to play a significant role in meeting the scalability and deployment requirements of tomorrowâ€™s data centers.
One view, for example comes from IDC analyst Eric Sheppard: â€śAs businesses embark on a transformation to become data-driven entities, they will demand a data infrastructure that supports extreme scalability and flexible acquisition patterns and offer unprecedented economies of scale. Hyperconverged systems hold the promise and the potential to assist buyers along this data-driven journey.â€ť
Today, Intel is helping fuel this hyper-converged infrastructure trend with a line of new server products announced at this weekâ€™s VMworld 2015 U.S. conference in San Francisco. IntelÂ® Server Products for Hyper-Converged Infrastructure are designed to be high quality, unbranded, semi-integrated, and configure-to-order server building blocks optimized for the hyper-converged infrastructure solutions that enterprise IT and cloud environments have requested.
These new offerings, which provide certified hardware for VMware EVO:RAIL* solutions, combine storage, networking, and compute in an all-in-one system to support homogenous enterprise IT environments in a manner that reduces labor costs. OEMs and channel partners can now provide hyper-converged infrastructure solutions featuring Intelâ€™s most innovative technologies, along with world-class validation, compatibility, certification, warranty, and support.
For OEMs and channel partners, these products pave a path to the rapidly growing and potentially lucrative market for hyper-converged solutions. Just how big of a market are we talking about? According to IDC, workload and geographic expansion will help push hyper-converged systems global revenues past the $800 million mark this year, up 116 percent over 2014. IntelÂ® Server Products for Hyper-Converged Infrastructure also bring together key pieces of the infrastructure puzzle, including Intelâ€™s most innovative technologies designed hyper-converged infrastructure enterprise workloads.
IntelÂ® Server Products for Hyper-Converged Infrastructure include a 2U 4-Node chassis supporting up to 24 hot-swap hard disk drives, dual-socket compute modules offering dense performance and support for the IntelÂ® XeonÂ® processor E5-2600 v3 product family, and eight high-speed NVMe* solid-state drives acting as cache to deliver high performance for VMware Virtual SAN* (VSAN*).
With all key server, storage, and networking components bundled together, OEMs and channel partners have what they need to accelerate the delivery of hyper-converged solutions that are easily tuned to the requirements of customer environments. Better still, they can provide their customers with the confidence that comes with Intel hardware that is fully validated and optimized for VMware EVO:RAIL and integrated into enterprise-class VSAN-certified solutions.
For a closer look at these new groundbreaking server products, visit the Intel hyper-converged infrastructure site.
1 IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Hyperconverged Systems 2014 Vendor Assessment. December 2014. Doc # 253267.
2 IDC news release. â€śWorkload and Geographic Expansion Will Help Push Hyperconverged Systems Revenues Past $800 Million in 2015, According to IDCâ€ť April 30, 2015.