Converged Infrastructure Solutions – 5 Questions to Ask and 6 Benefits to Consider

Posted by Dustin Smith, Chief Technologist
November 1, 2017

Converged infrastructure, or unified computing, is helping organizations modernize their data center technology by eliminating siloed architectures and consolidating resources. By pooling server, storage, networking, and software into a family of shared resources, converged infrastructures deliver some compelling organizational benefits that are helping to drive its adoption and success.

Converged infrastructure options from both Hitachi Vantara (Unified Compute Platform (UCP)) and Cisco (Unified Computing System (UCS)) deliver value and opportunity for small, midsized, and enterprise organizations. But before diving into a unified data center infrastructure, ask yourself:

  1. Have you ever had trouble integrating best-of-breed technology products?
  2. Do you have a sense for the challenges of integrating products from different vendors, including support conflicts, and the added costs involved?
  3. Do you have IT staff in place specifically to manage disparate technology solutions?
  4. Do you feel you spend a disproportionate amount of time and money handling support requirements and training?
  5. Are you concerned that converged infrastructure solutions represent the new fad in your data center that could carry inherent risks?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, a converged infrastructure might make sense for you.

Now, let’s consider some of the benefits that unified computing can deliver your organization:

  1. Consistent and common management platform. Without the siloes currently found in most data center technologies and platforms, converged infrastructures help you streamline your IT staff and train them more effectively.
  2. A clear and more efficient path to 100Gbs. Performance upgrades are easier to implement with the common protocols and fabrics inherent in a converged infrastructure.
  3. Improved data center scalability and flexibility. Unified computing infrastructures deliver the scalability and flexibility that help you meet internal needs for other on-demand services or private cloud computing solutions.
  4. Faster resource provisioning. With converged systems, application deployment is easier and faster, helping you meet internal client needs without affecting service level agreements (SLAs).
  5. Lower total cost of ownership (TCO). Improved automation means that cumbersome manual processes are eliminated, reducing the number of required man hours and driving down TCO.
  6. Better organizational agility. All of these benefits ultimately deliver a more nimble organization that can react to market demands quickly, creating a competitive advantage.

Balancing all of these considerations may still leave you with questions. Consider a Unified Computing Technology Workshop. In this workshop, we’ll address your questions in the context of your current application infrastructure, and discuss where you are on the virtualization deployment curve, helping you make the best decisions for your data center modernization efforts.

About Dustin Smith Throughout his twenty-year career, Dustin Smith has specialized in designing enterprise architectural solutions. As the Chief Technologist, Dustin is responsible for the strategic direction of aligning the company’s growing consulting services with the client challenges he finds in the field, and he works closely with his regional architects to design new programs to address these issues.

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