This is a guest blog by Mike Cisek
Midsize Enterprise Summit (MES), the largest gathering of Midmarket CIOs in North America, just wrapped this past week. Initial survey data, collected from the 250 attendees, shows the top 3 infrastructure priorities within the market over the next year to be (in no particular order):
- Replacing aging datacenter hardware
- Disaster recovery
- Increased consumption of Cloud services
With their highly virtualized environments (85+%), the preponderance of VMware within the midmarket (90%) and the scale of their environments, Midmarket IT leaders are looking to disruptive technologies such as Hyperconverged Infrastructure Solutions (HCIS), from companies like Scale, Nutanix and SimpliVity, and SDN (namely VMware’s NSX) to address these priorities (side note: who says SDN is just for large enterprise and cloud/service providers…midmarket SDN is a thing).
Gartner breakout sessions on both HCIS and SDN were standing room only, and polling within each session showed not just significant interest, but active projects designed to evaluate and implement solutions within both areas. If the momentum from MES, coupled with their scale and agility, is any indication of future intentions, midsize enterprises are primed for HCIS and SDN adoption.
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