A Four-Time Sample Vendor for Hyperconvergence
We are delighted to announce that Sangfor has been named as a Sample Vendor in the Hype Cycle for Infrastructure Strategy¹. This rounds off a quartet of recognitions as a Sample Vendor for Hyperconvergence in 2023 Gartner Hype Cycles, in addition to being recognized as a Representative Vendor in the Gartner Market Guide for Full-Stack Hyperconverged Infrastructure Software², which we believe is underscoring our commitment to delivering cutting-edge infrastructure solutions.
In our previous announcements, we have delved into various aspects of Hyperconvergence and its significance.
- We refreshed our understanding of Hyperconvergence and shared Gartner forecast on data center sustainability in the Hype Cycle for Compute, 2023³.
- We presented the drivers of Hyperconvergence from the Hype Cycle for Data Center Infrastructure Technologies, 2023⁴, and explored how Sangfor HCI matches up with these drivers.
- We highlighted the role of Hyperconvergence in data storage and security and provided insights into Software-Defined Storage from the Hype Cycle for Storage and Data Protection Technologies 2023⁵.
The Hype Cycle for Infrastructure Strategy describes the 31 most hyped infrastructure innovations. We believe that it offers a valuable opportunity to examine the two primary cloud computing models: Public Cloud, referred to as "Cloud Computing" in the Hype Cycle, and Private Cloud Computing.
Cloud Computing is one of six technologies in the Hype Cycle with the highest Transformational benefit rating. According to Gartner, a technology rated as Transformation "Enables new ways of doing business across industries that will result in major shifts in industry dynamics." Specifically, the Hype Cycle identifies "The primary potential benefits of cloud computing are cost savings, efficiency, agility, speed and innovation."
Gartner recommends that organizations "Focus primary attention on public cloud with other approaches (private, distributed, sovereign) as secondary considerations." However, it also advises to "Beware of adopting cloud for the wrong reasons; it can lead to disastrous results." Thus, we believe the careful consideration of the right cloud model is paramount.
Private Cloud Computing
Private Cloud Computing receives a Moderate benefit rating and, like Cloud Computing, appears in the "Plateau of Productivity."
We identify a contrast between Cloud Computing and Private Cloud Computing in the Hype Cycle, stating that "Cloud services offer many benefits, but isolation may also be required for security or regulatory reasons. Private cloud offers complete isolation, while providing the convenience and ease of use of cloud services."
However, Gartner acknowledges that "Building a custom private cloud can be very costly and complex. Moreover, most deployments that are called ‘private cloud’ actually do not have cloud characteristics."
This is where we believe Hyperconvergence plays a crucial role in mitigating the challenges and maximizing the value of Private Cloud Computing.
According to the Gartner Hype Cycle, "Hyperconvergence combines storage, computing and networking into a single system that reduces data center complexity and increases scalability. Multiple servers can be clustered together to create pools of shared compute and storage resources (or nodes), designed for convenient consumption. Delivery models include physical and virtual appliances, reference architectures, as a service or public cloud."
Based on these characteristics and more, we believe that Hyperconvergence, via Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI), provides an effective solution to the cost, complexity, and cloud capability issues associated with Private Cloud Computing mentioned above.
Addressing Cloud Computing Capability Issues:
- High Scalability: Hyperconverged systems are designed to be easily scalable by adding HCI nodes to existing clusters. As resource requirements grow, administrators can expand the infrastructure without major disruptions, ensuring the private cloud adapts to changing demands.
- Increased Resource Utilization: Utilizing virtualization technologies, HCI pools resources across the cluster, leading to efficient resource allocation and improved overall performance. Dynamic allocation and reallocation of resources optimize resource usage based on workload demands.
- High Availability and Resilience: Hyperconverged systems incorporate redundancy and high availability mechanisms, ensuring automatic failover to healthy nodes in the event of hardware failures, thus enhancing the reliability of the private cloud infrastructure.
Addressing Complexity and Cost Issues:
- Simplified Deployment and Automation: HCI enables rapid and simplified private cloud deployments through pre-integrated and standardized configurations. They also provide management software that automates routine tasks and streamlines setup, reducing delays and human errors.
- Simplified Infrastructure Management: HCI consolidates compute, storage, and networking resources into a single platform, reducing hardware management complexities. Administrators can efficiently control and allocate resources to different workloads through a unified interface.
- Cost Efficiency: Despite higher upfront costs, HCI leads to cost savings over time due to resource consolidation and lower data center footprint, management overhead, and energy consumption.
- In conclusion, we believe our recognition as a Sample Vendor in multiple Gartner Hype Cycles reaffirms our dedication to providing innovative solutions in the field of Hyperconvergence. By leveraging the power of Sangfor HCI, businesses can achieve streamlined, scalable, and cost-effective private cloud environments, propelling them toward a more efficient and sustainable future.
Discover Sangfor Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI)
Sangfor HCI, powered by cutting-edge virtualization technology, seamlessly integrates compute, storage, networking, security, and management into a unified software stack. Whether running on Sangfor's unified aServer appliance or commercially available x86 servers, Sangfor HCI offers an agile, simple, resilient, and scalable software-defined data center. It optimizes performance and reliability, streamlines operations and maintenance, and significantly reduces data center footprint.
Sangfor HCI caters to a wide range of digital transformation use cases across industries, including mission-critical application hosting, hybrid cloud, virtual desktop infrastructure, remote office/branch office, distributed storage, continuous data protection (CDP), and disaster recovery.
Visit the Sangfor HCI webpage to learn more about its full range of features, advantages, customer success stories, testimonials, and more!
- Gartner, Inc., Hype Cycle for Infrastructure Strategy, 2023, By Philip Dawson, Nathan Hill, Published July 25, 2023
- Gartner, Inc., Market Guide for Full-Stack Hyperconverged Infrastructure Software, By Jeffrey Hewitt et al., Published March 14, 2023
- Gartner, Inc., Hype Cycle for Compute, 2023, By Tony Harvey, Jason Donham, Published July 10, 2023
- Gartner, Inc., Hype Cycle for Data Center Infrastructure Technologies, 2023, By Henrique Cecci, Philip Dawson, Published July 13, 2023
- Gartner, Inc., Hype Cycle for Storage and Data Protection Technologies, 2023, By Julia Palmer, Published July 13, 2023
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