Unifying the management of a data center’s software and hardware components can help organizations deliver the technology infrastructures necessary to capitalize on the promises of cloud computing, big data, and the Internet of Things (IoT). We’ve deployed several converged infrastructure solutions in numerous environments, and we’ve seen the advantages of these deployments first hand.
Our partner, Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), delivers numerous benefits with its Unified Compute Platform (UCP), including:
- Support for multiple hypervisors. According to Renee Lawrence, Director of Solutions Marketing at HDS, the need to support multiple hypervisors comes up quite often and is one reason why organizations like the HDS UCP. This flexibility is also shown in UCP’s ability to support numerous business applications – including SAP HANA and Oracle databases – which is a benefit worth considering.
- Lower total cost of ownership. HDS UCP has a number of automated features that replace more cumbersome manual processes and reduce the number of man hours needed to support the infrastructure which drives down TCO quite significantly.
Now, HDS has announced a series of new UCP solutions for SAP HANA environments based on the latest Intel XEON E5 and E7 processors. The UCP 1000 for SAP HANA, the UCP 6000 for SAP S/4HANA, the UCP 6000 for SAP HANA Dynamic Tiering, and the UCP 6000 for SAP HANA, all provide better optimized converged infrastructure platforms that give customers the ability to run multiple applications on a single platform.
HDS UCP solutions help deliver the many compelling data center benefits inherent with converged infrastructure deployments, including:
- Consistent, common management platform. Breaking down the inherent silos in traditional data centers mean that your IT personnel can be streamlined and trained more effectively.
- A clear path to 100Gbs. Most converged infrastructures deliver common protocols and fabrics which will make it easier to implement performance upgrades toward 100Gbs.
- Data center scalability and flexibility. Improved scalability means that IT can better meet the needs of its internal clients by more efficiently deploying on-demand services or private cloud computing solutions.
- Faster resource provisioning. Data center convergence allows you to deploy applications quickly and efficiently across the enterprise without impacting operational service level agreements (SLAs).
- Organizational agility. All these benefits combined ultimately yields a marked improvement in organizational agility. Flexibility, better resource provisioning, more efficient IT teams, and simpler management all translate to a greater competitive advantage.
To see if you should have data center convergence on your radar, try a free unified computing technology workshop. We’ll tell you about current converged trends and application-specific use cases like HANA and hybrid cloud platforms. We can also arm you with questions to ask technology vendors based on your uptime requirements, total cost of ownership needs, and your specific data center environment.