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Key findings of the study include:
- Traditional converged infrastructure solutions enable businesses the same flexibility as non-converged infrastructure with the added benefits of ongoing management and support as a package, as long as customers adhere to vendor’s system definitions.
- Hyper-converged solutions, based in software, are ahead of traditional converged infrastructure solutions in their evolution of orchestration and automation software.
- Automation and orchestration software is the future for all converged infrastructure platforms.
- The lines between converged and hyper-converged are blending, with software-defined storage available as a discrete stack in some converged solutions. This blend is expected to continue and accelerate.
- Both the storage and networking industry are undergoing tremendous change that will affect future converged infrastructure solutions in unpredictable ways. In the storage market, new technologies are providing faster performance and are expected to change vendor offerings significantly. In networking, software-definition and declarative configuration are simplifying operation and introducing new capabilities to IT teams.
- Converged infrastructure customers will benefit from opt-in support clouds that collect telemetry data from their solutions. Analytics on this data will be able to spot trends and predict failures from similar use cases, allowing vendors to return proactive recommendations to customers before potential failures.