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Orla Forrest contacted me about an infographic she created for Exigent Networks. I found it useful and promised I would share it. It’s a well-designed graphic explaining what is Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI), and how it differs from conventional converged infrastructure.

Top three reasons companies are not adopting Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

  1. Customers are satisfied with their current infrastructure
  2. Unsure about the costs of converting to HCI
  3. Fear that HCI is not mature enough (they’re “pragmatic” technology adopters)

Top five benefits of Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

  1. Decreased IT downtime as a result of intelligent automation
  2. Quicker development and deployment of apps, leading to quicker availability
  3. Reduced costs due to less need for administration, and improved operational efficiency
  4. Software centric approach provides greater flexibility
  5. Centralized system makes resources much easier to manage

The market is at the early stage of this new datacenter infrastructure. Once HCI is combined with Microsoft Windows Server 2016 we have an example of a disruptive innovation described by Geoffrey Moore. In his classic, Crossing the Chasm, he interprets the technology adoption lifecycle for disruptive innovations in the hi-tech market. We’re at the pre-chasm phase when innovators and early adopters see the vision, yet the majority of the market is taking a wait and see approach. It’s only a matter of time before the innovation takes off and disrupts the market.

Here at Argon Systems we have no doubt HCI and Server 2016 will cross the chasm and fundamentally change the datacenter.