IoT/edge computing represents a significant area of growth, with profound impact for those who deliver these solutions and the customers who will use the insights gleaned to propel their businesses forward.
Hyperconverged appliances and a thirst for subscription-based pricing – an outgrowth of the convenience and scalability made possible by public clouds – are transforming the notion of private clouds. Traditional capex procurement cycles and long-term software licensing are giving way to more nimble opex alternatives, and to consumption models that mimic public cloud with pay-as-you-use economics.
Last week, Maggie Jones published an article on SearchConvergedInfrastructure.com titled “Hyper-converged infrastructure market isn’t right for every shop”. I agree with the assertion in the title and the points she raises, with the clarification that they are based on assumptions that apply to vendors who only sell an integrated HCI appliance – a predefined, proprietary bundle of hardware and software - and not to software-defined HCI products.
The chief information officer of Langs Building Supplies, Matthew Day, says that while many people in the early days saw cloud as a magical bullet to managing complex infrastructure, it came with some nasty side effects, such as latency and cost-creep.
“Hyperconverged infrastructure allows people to have public cloud-like management with the performance of on-prem,” Day says. “At Langs, we have used public cloud providers for disaster recovering and backup, but now we are even phasing that out and growing our hyperconverged infrastructure to cover these bases as well.
“I think a lot of service providers like Fujitsu, IBM, and Interactive are getting wise to this, as well as Google with their cloud platform. They have to offer services that provide a rich user performance experience. AWS and Azure are sorely lacking in this regard.”
As places like factories, big stores, and logistics warehouses get increasingly instrumented and automated, demand for computing capacity to process the data those instruments generate in real-time is growing, fueling the rise of micro-data centers, which provide a relatively simple way to extend the edge of the corporate network to these facilities.