Converged Infrastructure Solutions – Delivering Benefits to the Enterprise

Posted by Dustin Smith, Chief Technologist
December 18, 2015

When you start to explore unified computing or converged infrastructure solutions, there’s a lot to take into consideration. Separating storage and server hardware can become cumbersome; storage vendors that need to rely on third party server vendors for hardware can lose control of overall solution strategy and growth. In addition, some unified computing platforms don’t support multiple hypervisors, making it tough for environments that use both Hyper-V and VMware.

While these challenges exist, we want to highlight some advantages of Hitachi’s Unified Compute Platform (UCP). In a recent blog post, HDS delivered two compelling benefits to their solution that are worth noting:

  • 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.

These two HDS UCP benefits are important, and when combined with the other benefits of a converged infrastructure, the case for HDS UCP is a strong one:

  1. 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.
  2. A clear path to 100Gbs. Most converged infrastructures deliver common protocols and fabrics which will make it easier to implement performance upgrades toward 100Gbs.
  3. 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.
  4. Faster resource provisioning. Data center convergence allows you to deploy applications quickly and efficiently across the enterprise without impacting operational service level agreements (SLAs).
  5. 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 of these features and benefits translate to competitive advantage.

Consider a Unified Computing Technology Workshop to see if you should have data center convergence on your radar. We can arm you with questions to ask technology vendors based on your uptime requirements, total cost of ownership needs, and your specific data center environment. 

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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