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The CIO's six catalysts of convergence

Dmitri Chen, Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Specialty Sales for Asia Pacific and Japan, EMC Corporation | Feb. 19, 2016
The top trigger points pushing CIOs to embrace CI now, rather than later.

This vendor-written piece has been edited by Executive Networks Media to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favour the submitter's approach.

CIOs in Asia, and around the globe are increasingly turning to converged infrastructure - fully integrated systems with compute, storage and network - for simplicity, agility and speed.

The latest Gartner research forecasts spending on these systems to increase at 19 percent year-on-year, to reach US$20.4 billion by 2019, representing nearly a quarter (22.6 percent) of data centre investments by that time. Many companies are choosing the new and rapidly growing hyper-converged infrastructures to manage their data centres, especially in mature markets such as Singapore. As the second most "infrastructure ready" country in the world, Singapore is quickly embracing these new trends, making it set to be at the forefront of hyper-converged infrastructure adoption in Asia.

Clearly there's a huge trend in this market, but one of the things that's interesting about the transition taking place are the key trigger points causing people to transform their data centres with converged infrastructure now. After all, the shift to converged infrastructure represents a significant change for organisations, who will move from having completely separate and siloed network, storage, and compute resource teams to now being able to centrally manage all of these technologies in one system and free up resources to drive business innovation.

Here are the top six catalysts of convergence - or rather, trigger points pushing CIOs today to look towards CI. Each of these alone is often reason enough to justify a pilot or wider-scale deployment of converged infrastructure, and with many CIOs we see several of these challenges landing simultaneously.

Catalyst 1: I need to cut the cost of managing IT, and increase my ability to scale: This is probably the most common, business-centric catalyst for converged infrastructure deployment I hear from IT leaders today. Many IT teams spend up to 80% of their time simply running the core 'operational' functions; delivering IT services, updating and patching one type of infrastructure or another. With data needs rising 40-50 percent per year, automating and simplifying this element is key to unlocking a new wave of productivity for enterprises who are bracing for even more digitisation into the future.

Catalyst 2: I need to support the DevOps team trying to support the "Information Generation": There are challenges on two fronts here: the applications needed by digitally native staff brought up on Facebook and mobile apps, and the ultimate consumers of your businesses' products and services that require real-time responsiveness to demands issued over any and every communications channel. It's harder for businesses, and IT teams, to keep up, than ever before.


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