Given the variety of business and technical factors propelling the rise of converged systems, it’s not surprising that the organizations shaping its development are equally varied. Although traditional IT hardware vendors are certainly an important constituency, they are not the only, nor necessarily the most significant forces in the CI and HCI ecosystem where the market has been sparked by innovative startups like Nutanix, Pivot3, Simplivity and HyperGrid (which has since migrated into an orchestration software offering) and influenced by the hardware designs of big cloud and online operators like Google, Facebook and RackSpace.
Cloud service providers (CSPs), primarily the big-three, AWS, Microsoft and Google, account for an increasing share of hardware sales. For example, IDC estimates that of the $40 billion in total IT infrastructure spending in 2017, the majority will go toward some form of cloud environment with public cloud data centers accounting for a substantial majority and growing at almost 14% annually. Indeed, by 2021 IDC expects that nearly a third of all infrastructure dollars will go to public clouds. Wikibon estimates that cloud market leader AWS will be a $43 billion business by 2022, yet represent only 8.2% of the total, making the cloud a half-trillion dollar industry.
Additional Key Industry Influencers of Converged (CI) and Hyperconverged (HCI) Infrastructure Resources