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Hyperconverged: Insights from TBR’s Data Center team

Speed of HCI market evolution accelerates due to COVID-19

Join Principal Analyst and Practice Manager Angela Lambert for a discussion on the top trends found in TBR’s Hyperconverged Platforms Customer Research. Angela will also share insights on how vendors can align to changes in enterprise customers’ infrastructure strategies and support customers’ top needs.

Don’t miss:

  • How COVID-19 impacted the hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) market
  • Trends in data center consolidation and HCI implications
  • The role of hybrid cloud and key use cases driving HCI adoption

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TBR webinars are held typically on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. ET and include a 15-minute Q&A session following the main presentation. Previous webinars can be viewed anytime on TBR’s Webinar Portal.

For additional information or to arrange a briefing with our analysts, please contact TBR at [email protected].

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COVID-19 shifts demands in the HCI space, creating opportunity for nimble vendors

Accelerated demand due to COVID-19 has more vendors focusing aggressively on the HCI market opportunity

Over 40% of data center customers already consume hyperconverged infrastructure and have relatively strong loyalty to their incumbent HCI vendor. Still, 33% of respondents in TBR’s 2H20 Hyperconverged Platforms Customer Research report do not use HCI at this point in time, and HCI vendors will be focusing on this opportunity for market expansion.

Customers increasingly leverage HCI for digital-transformation-related workloads. The edge appears to be a key location for HCI installments, as the technology by definition is well suited for such deployments. IT modernization continues to increase demand for storage and compute capacity in remote and edge locations, and HCI is often the hardware of choice for such use cases.

Because there remains significant opportunity for private cloud and edge infrastructure — two uses for which HCI is heavily leveraged — competition is strong both from within and outside the HCI market landscape. Nontraditional competitors such as Amazon Web Services and ODMs increase their appeal by offering white-box private cloud hardware alternatives. At the same time, HCI vendors increasingly compete against each other and public cloud alternatives by offering new pricing models, as hardware commoditization squeezes the potential for differentiation through infrastructure innovation alone.

Impact of COVID-19 on Hyperconverged Platforms Spending

TBR’s Hyperconverged & Converged Market Landscape provides a high-level view of both markets, including key trends, recent alliance and acquisition activity, and analysis of the customer adoption cycle, including total market data. This report’s unique differentiator is its inclusion of nine deep-dive vendor profiles. This report largely focuses on which vendors are leaders, laggards and up-and-comers in the hyperconverged and converged markets, providing deep analysis into which vendors are differentiating themselves and how. TBR’s Hyperconverged Platforms Customer Research, which surveys 400 decision makers annually, addresses hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) vendors’ customer-centric questions, drilling down into key categories such as adoption and budget, purchase drivers, workloads and attributes, purchase patterns, and vendor selection.

Enterprises leverage disruptive emerging technologies within their operations to improve processes and accelerate digital transformation

Extension remains the most natural jumping-off point for digital transformation (DT) initiatives, as enterprises can experiment with disruptive technologies within familiar business operations, see their value in generating new business insights, and then use those insights to re-imagine processes. TBR’s Digital Transformation Insights Report: Voice of the Customer shows that vendors need to orient toward development of pointed, industry-centric solutions to retain mindshare. This report, authored by Senior Analyst Boz Hristov, shares survey results across a spectrum of DT issues as well as excerpts from extensive, in-depth discussions with clients currently purchasing DT services.

Additional assessments publishing this week from our analyst teams

While trailing 12-month IT services revenue growth decelerated from 4Q18 to 1Q19, according to TBR’s IT Services Vendor Benchmark, year-to-year growth in 1Q19 of 2.6% surpassed that of 1Q18, which was 2.2%. Vendors are investing in niche digital design areas and industry expertise to drive advisory services activities with C-Suite executives. They are also leveraging established footholds and trust with new buyers to pursue managed services around clients’ application and infrastructure estates. Improving profitability provides vendors with flexibility to invest gains in high-growth and high-value technology-enabled solutions. — Elitsa Bakalova, Senior Analyst

In TBR’s 2Q19 Accenture Initial Response we continue to assess if scale and appetite for innovation still define and shape Accenture’s success as it becomes a solutions broker. We will also look into how platforms supporting omnichannel architecture will underpin Accenture’s efforts to capture custom work and reach $47 billion in sales by 2020. — Boz Hristov

In 1Q19 Dell EMC’s Infrastructure Solutions Group faced year-to-year revenue declines across all segments, including storage, servers and networking, due to a combination of seasonality headwinds and go-to-market challenges. As Dell EMC’s cloud revenue is largely tied to hardware sales, these same challenges compromised its cloud top-line performance. An increasingly strategic partnership with VMware coupled with the new Dell Technologies Cloud portfolio will help boost performance in coming quarters. — Cassandra Mooshian, Senior Analyst

TBR’s Hyperconverged and Converged Market Landscape explores the vendor landscape of these two markets, including leaders and laggards, and the existing and emerging disruptors in the space. This report details recent announcements in the space made by key vendors as well as the disruptive dynamics of emerging hardware trends from nontraditional vendors, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) with its AWS Outposts.— Stephanie Long, Analyst

TBR’s Hyperconverged Platforms Customer Research surveys hyperconverged customers to analyze purchasing patterns, spending habits, adoption trends and the evolving drivers behind vendor selection. Key highlights of this report include customer desire to leverage hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) for private cloud environments and the ongoing shift to consumption-based pricing. We also surveyed current HCI customers to determine their likelihood of adopting AWS Outposts, along with where customers will pull funding from to support this new hardware model. — Stephanie Long

SAIC officially began its integration of Engility’s nearly $1.9 billion in revenue and 7,500 employees in 1Q19, aiming to leverage Engility to accelerate its expansion with a more balanced, diversified and lower-risk portfolio and an enhanced competitive stance in markets adjacent to its core Department of Defense and federal civilian sectors, particularly space and intelligence. A new leadership era is also beginning at the top of SAIC’s executive management, as CEO Tony Moraco will retire effective July 31 and will be succeeded by COO Nazzic Keene, who was elected to the CEO post by SAIC’s board of directors in March. Keene has already implemented numerous changes during the CEO transition period as part of the broader initiative she has spearheaded to flatten SAIC’s management pyramid and streamline operations amid the integration of Engility.— John Caucis, John Caucis

TBR’s 1Q19 Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH) report details how the company completed its fiscal 2019 with strong top-line expansion and record revenues, better-than-anticipated earnings, and its largest quarterly dividend increase in years. BAH’s performance throughout its last fiscal year reflects a soundly differentiated market position and multilayered alignment of the company’s technology and advisory portfolio with the primary missions of its federal customers. In May 2015, when BAH launched its Vision 2020 strategy, industry and company observers criticized the plan over concerns BAH would be investing ahead of demand, which had yet to materialize. BAH has sustained a top-line growth CAGR of nearly 6.2% and an average operating margin of 8.5% (both in excess of peer averages for these metrics in TBR’s Public Sector IT Services Benchmark) since Vision 2020 was enacted, affirming the strategic framework was well conceived and has been well executed. — John Caucis

Tune in Wednesday at 1 p.m. EDT to hear Stephanie Long share highlights from TBR’s HCI research including exclusive recent findings from TBR’s Hyperconverged Platforms Customer Research. The webinar will highlight how the HCI market has shifted over the last few years and where TBR sees it headed. Additionally, this will be a great opportunity to ask our analysts your questions about the HCI market. Sign up today!

Technology Business Research, Inc. announces 2Q19 webinar schedule

HAMPTON, N.H. (March 4, 2019) — Technology Business Research, Inc. (TBR) announces the schedule for its 2Q19 webinar series.

April 10        Progress report: State of the NFV/SDN telecom market

April 17        Channel partner ecosystems will evolve to support digital adoption

April 24        Evolutionary IoT: Starting small and controlling costs

May 1           Obstacles and triumphs on the journey to cloud

May 8           Health IT converges around consumerization, value and ROI

May 15        30 minutes, 3 months, 3 years: Evolution of digital transformation

May 22        Bringing the best: Talent and technology in management consulting

June 12        The makings of the telecom edge compute market

June 26        Where will hyperconverged infrastructure fit in the modern data center?

TBR webinars are held typically each Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET and include a 15-minute Q&A session following the main presentation. Previous webinars can be viewed anytime on TBR’s Webinar Portal.

For additional information or to arrange a briefing with our analysts, please contact TBR at [email protected].

Where will hyperconverged infrastructure fit in the modern data center?

Insights from TBR’s hyperconverged infrastructure research stream

As digital transformation progresses, customers’ data center environments evolve in kind. TBR’s hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) research stream provides some indicators on the market’s motions. TBR unearths customer preferences centered on HCI and maps the anticipated progression of HCI adoption over the next five years. Deep dives into the evolving vendor landscape, HCI use cases and workload trends are key highlights within this research.

Join Geoff Woollacott and Stephanie Long as they share key insights around the current state of the HCI market, how digital transformation will impact this market’s momentum, and where TBR expects the market to head in the next few years.

Don’t miss:

  • The state of the HCI market
  • HCI’s place in the cloud market
  • HCI market leaders, disruptors and laggards

 

TBR webinars are held typically on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. ET and include a 15-minute Q&A session following the main presentation. Previous webinars can be viewed anytime on TBR’s Webinar Portal.

For additional information or to arrange a briefing with our analysts, please contact TBR at [email protected].

IT budgets are shifting in HCI’s favor

Infographic discussing TBR's hyperconverged infrastructure research for 2H18

Key findings from TBR’s hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) customer survey

87% of respondents indicated that they were likely to make their next HCI purchase from their current HCI vendor.

80% of respondents are leveraging HCI for a cloud installment.

68% of respondents cited their desire to purchase hyperconverged directly from teh vendor rather than through channel partners or systems integrators — an increase from 59% in 1H18.

66% of respondents indicated software quality and reliability and 63% indicated hardware quality and reliability were important factors in their HCI purchasing decision.

 

For more information, contact Data Center Analyst Stephanie Long at [email protected].

Snapshot: TBR’s 1H18 Hyperconverged Platforms Customer Reserach

Enterprises are seeking the agility and flexibility afforded by cloud environments and are increasingly considering opex-based consumption models for their on-premises private cloud environments. Insights from TBR’s recently published 1H18 Hyperconverged Platforms Customer Research report further detail these trends and the impact they will likely have on the data center infrastructure market and digital transformation.

For more information on Hyperconverged Platforms Customer Research, contact Engagement Manger and Senior Analyst Angela Lambert ([email protected]).

HCI vendors capitalize on digital transformation with private cloud adoption

HAMPTON, N.H. — In many ways, digital transformation equates to rising cloud adoption. Enterprises need the increased agility and flexibility that a cloud environment provides but also want the cost structure associated with cloud. However, new regulations on data sovereignty continue to emerge and security concerns are mounting as data becomes an increasingly valuable asset, creating challenges for enterprises seeking cloud environments. Hardware vendors that initially lost business to cloud providers revel in this shift, as clear markets for both public and private cloud enable infrastructure and services vendors to co-exist.

Despite the need for greater control and security of data, enterprises still demand the agility and flexibility afforded by cloud environments and are increasingly demanding opex-based consumption models. Insights from TBR’s recently published 1H18 Hyperconverged Platforms Customer Research report further detail these trends and the impact they will likely have on the data center infrastructure and cloud markets.

Many customers purchasing HCI are doing so for cloud environments

More than 90% of hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) customers surveyed in TBR’s 1H18 Hyperconverged Platforms Customer Research are leveraging or will leverage HCI for cloud installments: 54% are leveraging HCI for hybrid cloud, 30% are leveraging HCI for private cloud, and 8% are not currently leveraging HCI for cloud but intend to do so in the future. HCI is well-suited for the cloud as it is highly software-enabled, making spinning it into a private cloud relatively seamless compared to traditional infrastructure environments. Further, HCI sales tend to be more supported with services than legacy infrastructure sales, enabling customers to experience a more collaborative sale. Findings from 1H18 Hyperconverged Platforms Customer Research indicate 59% of respondents purchased their HCI solution direct from the vendor, while 62% of respondents received or requested additional hardware services, such as firmware and break-fix, with their HCI purchase.

HCI is a lucrative opportunity for vendors as it combines hardware, software and services into a single sale, increasing margins for hardware vendors and enabling vendors to leverage strategic marketing to sell across their entire portfolio stack rather than one-off piecemeal hardware sales. Further, many HCI vendors successfully bundle additional non-HCI sales on top of HCI purchases, as a customer already strongly considering a given vendor’s HCI architecture is likely to consider other solutions in the portfolio. Respondents in the 1H18 Hyperconverged Platforms Customer Research indicated they frequently make additional hardware purchases with HCI sales. However, these additional hardware sales were not necessarily associated with the HCI appliance, with customers purchasing additional hardware for their data centers in many cases. This suggests a broad portfolio is paramount to enterprise success as IT shops look to reduce the number of suppliers they manage while seeking hardware components to maintain existing infrastructure requirements of legacy workloads and building out new environments for native cloud workloads. This will prove advantageous for multiline vendors in the space such as Lenovo, Dell EMC and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) but will challenge niche vendors such as NetApp and Pivot3.

The rise in consumption-based pricing makes HCI more desirable for cloud installments

Of 1H18 Hyperconverged Platforms Customer Research respondents, 81% are considering consumption-based pricing models for future HCI purchases. The reasons for considering consumption-based pricing vary, with less than one-third of respondents doing so for the shift to an opex model alone, indicating that purchasing decisions are more complex than simply to shift expense structures. However, customers are still intrigued by these new pricing options.

The more interest increases for consumption-based HCI purchases, the greater challenges public cloud vendors will face from infrastructure vendors. Dell EMC and HPE both have a strong presence in the consumption-based pricing space, and there are other infrastructure vendors playing in this space less vocally. Competing will be a challenge for public cloud providers as infrastructure vendors message increased security and control without cost increases to battle public cloud options.

There will always be a place for both public and private cloud in the data center market

Although competition will continue to heat up between public cloud and private cloud vendors as evolving market dynamics alter messaging, the need for both installments in the digitizing world will remain. However, as economics become more favorable on the private cloud side, partly due to HCI and consumption-based pricing, customers may consider private cloud options for workloads they previously would have considered a public cloud environment.

For additional information about this research or to arrange a one-on-one analyst briefing, please contact Dan Demers at +1 603.929.1166 or [email protected].

ABOUT TBR

Technology Business Research, Inc. is a leading independent technology market research and consulting firm specializing in the business and financial analyses of hardware, software, professional services, and telecom vendors and operators. Serving a global clientele, TBR provides timely and actionable market research and business intelligence in a format that is uniquely tailored to clients’ needs. Our analysts are available to address client-specific issues further or information needs on an inquiry or proprietary consulting basis.

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