Sigh. There’s an old adage that I always come back to. Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean that you should. In this case I am thinking about the recent announcement by Microsoft that Azure would be supporting bare metal deployments of VMware on Azure hardware. In case you’ve been living under a rock, AWS went GA with a very similar offering back in late August. Of course there are some specifics that differ, but the overall theme is the same. You can run your VMware workloads in their public cloud on bare metal, but still have close proximity to their respective public cloud services. Alas, just because it’s on Azure now, doesn’t make the idea any better, and I stand by my previous post.
In case you’ve been living under a rock, you might have noticed that HyperConverged Infrastructure (HCI) is a fast-growing segment of the hardware market. At least that’s what all the marketing campaigns and analysts are saying. Gartner said earlier this year that the HCI market will grow to consume 24% of the integrated systems market by 2019. According to IDC, HCI systems made up 11.4% of integrated systems sales in Q42015 with a YoY growth of 170.5%. Of course to a certain degree this is derived from vendors pushing HCI very hard at the consumer and in the channel. I can’t tell you how many briefings, webinars, and marketing campaigns I’ve been hit with about HCI in the last 12 months. Excessive is the word that comes most readily to mind. Nevertheless, where there’s smoke there is likely hyperconverged fire. Continue reading “Hyperconverged Infrastructure: The story so far”