Infrastructure complexity and exponential growth in data storage needs are top concerns for IT decision-makers in the UK and Germany, according to research conducted on behalf of Pivot3.
The company says that more than 65% of survey respondents agree that they are extremely frustrated over the levels of complexity of their data centres, and more than one in three (37.6%) respondents say that data protection and security are major challenges.

The study also found that:
• Half of the respondents cite cost reduction as the biggest data centre challenge.
• 64% of respondents are under significant pressure to extract actionable information from Big Data generated by the Internet of Things (IoT).
• 56% of respondents agree that they feel very challenged by the growing volumes of data generated by mobile devices.
• 77% of respondents see hyper-convergence as a way to leverage the Web-scale economics used by Amazon, Facebook, etc. in the data centre.

Survey responses suggest hyper-convergence may be a solution to many of these challenges. According to the study, UK and German IT decision-makers think that HCI will represent nearly a quarter of their IT infrastructure within three years.

Additionally, one in five (21.45%) UK and German IT decision-makers think HCI is the most promising new technology for Data Centre Modernization, which aligns with research firm IDC’s prediction that spending on converged infrastructure will rise to $17,8-billion in 2016, a $13,2-billion increase from 2012.

“Hyper-converged systems are the go-to alternative to complex piece-part infrastructure, which is causing fundamental shifts in this sector,” says Ron Nash, CEO of Pivot3. “Pivot3 global hyper-convergence combines storage and computing to move data storage into the 21st century using storage virtualisation. We are and always have been pioneering this innovation.”