IDC's Converged InfrastructureDecision Economics report series examines converged devices — IT products integrating some combination of servers, storage, networking, and system management software into one SKU — which represent an emerging category for IT organizations and service providers seeking the benefits of an OEM-integrated technology solution. For IT buyers these new devices present challenges for existing acquisition practices and evaluation methodologies. IDC presents emerging best practices employed by leading IT organizations as they evaluate and acquire the new technology, IT buyer "converged infrastructure" case studies, and developments within the converged infrastructure technology domain.
Markets and Subjects Analyzed
IT buyer maturity and deployment model — How and why they are specifying converged infrastructure devices, and their expectations
Economic trade-offs — Workloads that create the most business value when hosted on converged IT devices
IT buyer-installed base — Impact on converged infrastructure decisions
Investment metrics — Most attractive return on investment (ROI)
Staffing implications — Efficiencies and cost advantages of converged infrastructure
Converged IT Economics — Industry Developments and Models
Decision Models — Emerging Practices for Evaluating and Optimizing Converged Infrastructure Versus Discrete Technology Platform Choices and Trade-Offs
Converged Infrastructure Economics Survey
Demand-Side Primary Research — In-Depth End-User Interviews to Understand User Expectations and Intentions for Converged Infrastructure Choices
In addition to the insight provided in this service, IDC may conduct research on specific topics or emerging market segments via research offerings that require additional IDC funding and client investment.
Key Questions Answered
Should workloads be shifted to converged platforms? When, why, and what economic considerations will shape those decisions?
How should IT enterprise architects evolve their long-term strategies to exploit fully the opportunities created by emerging converged infrastructure technology platforms?
How should these time-proven analytic methods, such as return on investment, be applied to inform business technology architecture choices?
How should IT organizations structure their converged infrastructure initiatives to fully monetize staffing cost benefits? How does this compare to investing in alternatives, such as automation software tools, to improve in-house efficiencies?
Given that converged infrastructure options integrate multiple and previously disparate technology domains, how will business and IT leaders most effectively bridge these siloes to achieve the potential opportunity?
This service reviews strategies, market positioning, and future direction of several providers in the converged infrastructure market; these vendors' offerings integrate server, storage, and network technologies into a single set of infrastructure from both a hardware and a systems management standpoint, including virtualization technologies. Vendor examples include but are not limited to Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), Dell Virtual Integrated System (VIS), HP VirtualSystem, IBM CloudBurst, and VCE VBLOCK.
IDC provides you with the necessary intelligence to optimize, guide and support all aspects of the business planning life cycle from strategy and budget planning, through implementation, to ongoing measurement and assessment of results.
Consulting:Target growth opportunities, develop strategies for emerging markets and technologies, assess and measure custom market segments, drive global partner strategies, and create awareness for your products and services. Custom engagements leverage the unique strengths of IDC global and local market analysts. Tailored offerings such as ExpertROI® use IDC-branded content and tools to help you accelerate the sales cycle and powerfully communicate to your prospects.
Go-to-Market Services:Engage prospects through high-value IDC-branded assets and intelligently architected campaigns. This global marketing and editorial expertise center within IDC provides a flexible service model, enabling us to meet the needs of companies large and small. Deliverables range from a single call-to-action incentive to a series of IDC and/or cobranded programs designed to strengthen multitouch, global media campaigns.
Events:Network with industry colleagues and gain practical and strategic insights from groundbreaking research presented by IDC and industry experts. IDC events bring together technology buyers looking for the latest best practice research and sellers offering insights into how decision makers can use technology to gain competitive advantage and improve business value.
Unparalleled Coverage of End-User Requirements Across Vertical Industries
Whether you are a technology buyer or provider, IDC Insights' research translates today's global end-user requirements and trends into business opportunities for your organization. With dedicated businesses targeting energy, financial services, government, healthcare, manufacturing, and retail, IDC provides unmatched integration of global technology and vertical industry expertise to deliver industry-specific customer intelligence that gives clients a powerful business advantage.