Australia is one of the world’s most virtualised enterprise markets and compared to similar economies has a substantial amount of midmarket companies. But even though Australian IT spend appears set to increase this year, IT managers – especially those working at midmarket – will still look to make ever dollar count.
Recognising the increased pressure midmarket IT infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders are under to drive continuous improvements in their datacentres and reduce costs, Gartner has recommended IT leaders to simplify the midmarket datacentre with hyperconverged infrastructure solutions.
In a recent Gartner report, it indicated the costs associated with refreshing datacentre hardware, at midmarket scale (80 to 120 production virtual machines (VMs) and 30 to 50 TBs of storage) coupled with their high levels of virtualisation (80 per cent to 90 per cent) are piquing midmarket I&O leaders' interest in hyperconverged infrastructure solutions.
“We believe that highly virtualised midsize enterprises with fewer than 200 virtual machines should absolutely opt for hyperconverged infrastructure,” Gartner research director, Mike Cisek, and Gartner research vice-president, Jeffrey Hewitt, stated in the report.
Other key findings from the study include:
- Infrastructure complexity and maintenance continue to negatively impact the agility of midmarket infrastructure and operations (I&O) teams
- Budgets have kept many viable alternatives to best-of-breed solutions out of the reach of midsize enterprises.
- Midmarket I&O leaders are under continuous pressure to simplify their datacentres and reduce costs. Even in highly virtualised environments, effective alternatives exist to reduce complexity.