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Market Trends: Software-Based Hyperconvergence Allows More Agility for Deployments

Published: 25 April 2017

ID: G00326985

Analyst(s): John Morency , Kiyomi Yamada


Hyperconverged infrastructures are rapidly gaining acceptance, but are also evolving into many form factors. Technology product management leaders can use this research to determine how they can best leverage software-based hyperconvergence in order to capitalize on new market opportunities.

Table Of Contents


Market Trend

  • Market Structure Trend: HCIS Appliance Market Trend in 2017 and Beyond
    • HCIS Becomes a Mainstream Alternative to SDDC Products
    • Existing HCIS Appliance Benefits and Limitations
    • The Case for Software-Based Hyperconvergence
    • Increasing Software-Based Hyperconverged Availability and Software-Defined Compute Competition From Established SDDC Providers, Emerging Providers and Hyperscale Cloud Providers
  • Buyer Trends: What Are the Most Appropriate Use Cases for Hyperconverged Software-Enabled Solutions?
    • Users Looking for Flexibility Outside of Traditional Use Cases
    • Users Needing Scalability With Better I/O Options
    • Users Looking for Savings From Virtualization Licensing Fees
    • Users Wanting to Avoid Expensive Upfront Cost and Commitment
    • Users Focusing on Flexible Hybrid Cloud Deployment

Vendors to Watch

Contrarian View

  • Full Stack SDDC Finally Arriving?


  • HCIS Deployment Categories
    • Homogeneous Hardware Appliance
    • Full OEM
    • Reference Architecture/Certified Designs
    • Software Only

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