HPE, Dell, Lenovo, Cisco, Nutanix Headline Crowded Hyperconverged Field
More than five years ago, system OEMs ( #Dell, #HPE, #Lenovo #EMC #VxRail #VxRack #Nutanix #Cisco #Pivot3 #SimpliVity ) began offering converged data center systems that included preintegrated compute, storage, networking, systems management software and virtualization in a single appliance. System makers wanted to give customers cost-effective, virtualized hardware that was easy to deploy, manage and scale. About two years ago, hyperconverged systems began hitting the market, and are now among the fastest-growing part of the converged solutions space. In the first quarter, the overall converged infrastructure space grew 11 percent year-over-year to $2.5 billion, but the hyperconverged segment jumped 148 percent, to $371.9 million, according to IDC analysts. They expect the hyperconverged infrastructure space to grow from a $981.91 million market last year to more than $4.7 billion by 2019. Fueling the growth are organizations that are seeing data center complexity and costs grow thanks to such trends as mobility, data analytics, the proliferation of mobile devices, virtualization and the cloud. Not surprisingly, system and software makers are making pushes into the market. This eWEEK slide show looks at some of the top players in the space.