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The Midmarket heads towards Hyperconvergence and SDN

by Andrew Lerner  |  May 1, 2015  |  Submit a Comment

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 providersmidmarket 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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Category: guest-blog  networking  sdn  

Tags: conference  hyperconvergence  midmarket  nutanix  scale  sdn  simplivity  vmware  

Andrew Lerner
Research Vice President
6+ years at Gartner
21 years IT Industry

Andrew Lerner is a Vice President in Gartner Research. He covers enterprise networking, including data center, campus and WAN with a focus on emerging technologies (SDN, SD-WAN, and Intent-based networking). Read Full Bio

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