ITCandor and The METISfiles believe vendors are shifting towards supplying new types of integrated systems incorporating server, networking, storage and infrastructure software. Users are considering integrating their fragmented data centre equipment in order to simplify their operations, cut internal staffing costs and increase business agility. Converged infrastructure solutions that package servers, storage, networks, and orchestration software in a single system or rack are becoming increasingly popular. Software defined networks (SDN) open up today’s vertically integrated distributed control networking gear and allow standard switch hardware to be controlled centrally via OpenFlow through an SDN controller. Cloud management platforms (CMPs) start to automatically provision server, storage, and network resources. These are just 2 examples of how innovative technology is being applied to our subject.
We believe there is an urgent need to assess the connections between supplier push and user pull and calculate the chances and timescales for success. With our strong heritage in systems, software and networking research we are uniquely positioned to help meet the needs for business planning information and are keen to help.
We will define, size and look at the success factors for Converged Infrastructure vendors, differentiating these from earlier styles of systems (see Figure above). We will report on the evolution of Matrix Integration strategies (see Figure above). Our findings will be based on a detailed analysis of the main system contenders, including, but not limited to:
- Cisco – Unified Computing System
- Dell – Active System
- Fujitsu – Converged Infrastructure
- VCE – EMC/VMware/Cisco Vblock
- HP – Converged Infrastructure and Mission-Critical Converged Infrastructure
- IBM PureSystems
- Oracle/Sun Exadata
We propose a combination of expert interviews with both vendors and users, augmented with desk research and expert analysis. This will deliver three reports, containing vendor competitive analysis, user wants and needs, and market share, size and forecast respectively.
To download our prospectus, click here – The Future Of Converged Infrastructure And Integrated Systems.
Please contact us if you’re a supplier who’d like to sponsor the study or user who’d like to contribute to our survey:
- Martin Hingley, ITCandor (email@example.com), +441235202125
- Pim Bilderbeek, METISfiles (firstname.lastname@example.org), +31653902852