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DCIG 2014-15 $50K and Under Converged Infrastructure Buyer’s Guide Now Available

DCIG is pleased to announce the availability of its DCIG 2014-15 $50K and Under Converged Infrastructure Buyer’s Guide. In this Buyer’s Guide, DCIG weights, scores and ranks 10 converged infrastructure solutions from six (6) different providers. Like previous DCIG Buyer’s Guides, this Buyer’s Guide provides the critical information that all size organizations need when selecting a converged infrastructure solution to help expedite application deployments and then simplify their long term management.

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The need for a “datacenter in a box,” or “cluster in a can,” as some like to refer to converged infrastructure offerings, is one that is growing and expanding into many new markets. Originally geared mainly towards small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) because of their general lack of either highly-trained specialists or an insufficiently staffed IT department to keep up with the many demands of their workplace, converged infrastructures are now finding their way into the enterprise companies.

The market for converged infrastructure systems is expected to grow as high as $8 billion in revenue for calendar year 2013. While this may seem insignificant when compared to the $114 billion in revenue garnered by general infrastructure, its projections for future growth fall in line with the high expectations for converged infrastructures expressed in this Guide. The converged infrastructure market is expected to grow 50 percent over the next three years, compared to only a 1.2 percent growth for the general infrastructure market.

Bundled and sold as a single SKU, converged infrastructures offer the full scope of hardware and software that an organization needs to essentially do a turnkey deploy­ment. Converged infrastructures package multiple technologies together in a single unit to include compute, storage and networking, along with a bundle of software for automation, management and orchestration. Converged infrastructures are becoming THE solution for enterprise organizations that have satellite or remote offices that need a consistent, consoli­dated IT implementation which may be easily managed and maintained remotely.

The benefits of implementing converged infrastructures into an organization are numerous, but they can be summarized as follows:

  • Offer help to overworked and understaffed IT teams. Converged infrastructures do not require as much research, planning, and time to implement in an environment as would buying each piece separately. Converged infrastructures present a validated and tested configuration whose key Return on Investment (ROI) lies in the staff budgeting benefits that come from its ease of implementation.
  • Improvements to IT staff workflow. Take the following example scenario: in a non-converged environment, storage and networking each need to be configured for specific servers and the company’s network. In a larger company that has a segmented IT department, the network team needs to become involved to provision what is necessary for an internal network as well as externally—and that is only the first step.

In a converged environment an IT department makes the decision that it needs 50 virtual machines (VMs) with some Exchange and SQL Server applications hosted on the solution as well. In this case, the converged infrastructure provider puts together an integrated, right-sized solution with all of the necessary server, storage and networking components.

This converged solution may then be set up via a wizard-based GUI on the front-end with VMs can be provisioned from there. Because all parts of the package are provided by one manufacturer, an organization does not need to become its own integrator.

  • Backup and recovery software included. Converged infrastructures often offer native backup and recovery software that can deduplicate and compress backup data so there is no need to purchase a separate backup tool eliminating the need for IT staff to test and implement this software. Converged infrastructure solutions from larger vendors may even replicate data from a converged infrastructure solution to a non-converged one and vice versa. These are especially desirable features, especially for organizations that have virtual environments located at regional or national data centers that they have previously constructed themselves.
  • Improved business continuity. Converged infrastructure solutions are often archi­tected to take advantage of the many numerous failover and high availability features found on today’s enterprise hypervisors. By deploying each application as a VM on the converged infrastructure solution, it immediately has access and can take advantage of features such as High Availability, Dynamic Resources Scheduler (DRS), vMotion, and others. In this scenario, access to this functionality can be presumed, as opposed to having to ask IT staff to dedicate time to test and implement these features.

It is in this context that DCIG presents its 2014-15 $50K and Under Converged Infrastructure Buyer’s Guide. As prior Buyer’s Guides have done, this Buyer’s Guide puts at the fingertips of organizations a comprehen­sive list of converged infrastructure solutions and the features they offer in the form of detailed, standardized data sheets that can assist them in this important buying decision.

The 2014-15 $50K and Under Converged Infrastructure Buyer’s Guide accomplishes the following objectives:

  • Evaluates converged infrastructure solutions with a starting list price of $US50,000 or less.
  • Provides an objective, third party evaluation of converged infrastructures that weights, scores and ranks their features from an end user’s viewpoint
  • Includes recommendations on how to best use the Buyer’s Guide
  • Scores and ranks the features on each converged infrastructure based upon criteria that matter most to end users so they can quickly know which products are the most appropriate for them to use and under what conditions
  • Provides data sheets for 10 converged infrastructures from six (6) different providers so end users can do quick comparisons of the features that are supported and not supported on each product
  • Provides insight into which features on a converged infrastructure will result in improved performance
  • Gives any organization the ability to request competitive bids from different providers of converged infrastructures that are apples-to-apples comparisons

The DCIG 2014-15 $50K and Under Converged Infrastructure Buyer’s Guide evaluates the following 10 solutions that include (in alphabetical order):

  • Pivot3 vSTAC Edge Appliance
  • Pivot3 vSTAC R2S Appliance
  • Pivot3 VDI R2 P Cubed Appliance
  • Pivot3 vSTAC R2S P Cubed Appliance
  • Pivot3 vSTAC Watch R2
  • Quanta CB220
  • Riverbed Granite Core/Edge
  • Scale Computing HC3 Hyperconvergence
  • Simplivity Omnicube CN-2000
  • Zenith Infotec TigerCloud.

The Pivot3 vSTAC R2S P Cubed Appliance & Pivot3 vSTAC R2S Appliance shared the Best-in-Class ranking among converged infrastructures evaluated in this Buyer’s Guide. Both products scoring at the top in this Buyer’s Guide showed an innate flexibility in a highly competitive space. The Pivot3 models assembled all the pieces necessary for organizations to expect them to remain near the top in this space.

The DCIG 2014-15 $50K and Under Converged Infrastructure Buyer’s Guide is immediately available through the DCIG analyst portal for subscribing users by following this link.

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Jerome M. Wendt

About Jerome M. Wendt

President & Lead Analyst of DCIG, Inc. Jerome Wendt is the President and Lead Analyst of DCIG Inc., an independent storage analyst and consulting firm. Mr. Wendt founded the company in September 2006.

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