Converged Infrastructure: What are its benefits and is it right for your company

Choosing an infrastructure that will meet everyone’s wants and needs within a company can be a very daunting task. If this seems like the number 1 problem on your list, then a Converged Infrastructure might be the solution you should be looking into.

Do these issues sound familiar to you?

  1. Employees want to be able to access their data when they need it and from whichever device they choose.
  2. IT admins are interested in a more simplified infrastructure management solution so they can focus on core business needs rather than spending their days managing existing data.
  3. IT Directors/Mangers are looking for consolidated systems that are secure, reliable and also meet SLAs. They would also like these systems to increase productivity and reduce operating costs.
  4. CIO’s are interested in cost efficient, compliant and “always on” environments that reduce risks and costs.

So how would a converged infrastructure solve all these issues? Well, lets start with what it actually is. A “converged infrastructure” is when you group multiple IT components into a single, optimized package. These components would be servers, storage, networking, and software all inside one box, together. Many different manufactures are offering these packaged systems today, such as IBM and HP, and they can optimize them to meet your specific requirements and workloads.

So what are the benefits?

  • Simplified and Centralized Management : Manage your infrastructure as a whole. Eliminate the need to manage each piece separately which only increases administration costs and management complexity. Personnel requirements, training and knowledge will be reduced while management becomes streamlined and simplified.
  • Consolidated system: since this infrastructure will be multiple systems in one, it will lower your need to purchase dedicated, single use components and also reduced the number of maintenance contracts in your data center. This will cut down on the overall number of components you manage and also on your operational and capital expenses.
  • Reduce Costs: By reducing your IT footprint you will also be reducing costs for power, cooling and cabling.
  • Maximize Productivity : Deploying a Converged Infrastructure will allow you to combine all those different siloes of data and use them more efficiently than ever before. It will also allow (now extra) administrators to focus their attention on adding value to the business with other IT initiatives rather than focusing on managing each siloed component in the data center.
  • Less Risk: A Converged Infrastructure has many automated features which helps to minimize human error. CI can also reduce risk to business continuity through high availability and reliability. There are also less disruptive upgrades and scaling up and/or out are easy and welcomed tasks.

Ultimately, a converged infrastructure solution is less expensive, easier to use, and more flexible than traditional management approaches. These are only a few of the many benefits of implementing a converged infrastructure. Eliminate the challenge of purchasing servers, storage and networks separately and all the time trying to get them to work together. With a CI, this task is done ahead of time, before it even gets to your door. A CI is easier to install, deploy, update and manage and also optimizes performance, minimizes cost and maximizes your overall performance.

So what solution is best for you? There are many different vendors offering Converged Solutions in today’s market, contact us today so we can architect a solution that fits your exact requirements to make sure your company performs well into the future.


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