Four Reasons Converged Infrastructure Makes Sense in the Data Center

Posted by Mark Teter, Chief Technology Officer
October 3, 2012

While it’s still relatively early in the data center convergence movement, there’s already a strong argument that it makes complete sense on many levels. Consolidation has been the trend for a while in data centers, mainly on the server side of things with virtualization. Virtual servers eliminated a huge data center silo, but storage and networking remained.

Silos are costly to maintain, and they make it hard for you to share resources or update your infrastructure. This is where converged infrastructure enters the picture. A consortium of networking, server, and storage vendors are delivering unified fabric that makes a converged infrastructure solution a data center reality. Here are four benefits of deploying a converged infrastructure:

1. Lower costs. A converged infrastructure reduces the need for dedicated, single-use components such as Fibre channel-only HBAs and switches.

2. Consistent, common management platform. With silos now a thing of the past, data center personnel can be streamlined and trained more effectively.

3. A path to 100Gbs. Common protocols and fabrics are now in place to implement performance upgrades toward 100Gbs.

4. Data center scalability and flexibility. IT can meet the needs of their internal clients by more efficiently deploying on-demand services or private cloud computing solutions.

These are just a handful of reasons why converged infrastructure makes sense in the data center. There are many benefits and probably more that haven’t yet been realized—that’s why consolidation through data center convergence is the next hot topic in IT.

Have you deployed a converged infrastructure? What was your experience like? Drop us a comment below.

About Mark Teter Before he retired from ASG in 2013, Mark Teter was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and the author of 'Paradigm Shift: Seven Keys of Highly successful Linux and Open Source Adoptions.' As CTO, Mark regularly advised IT organizations, vendors, and government agencies, and he frequently conducted seminars and training programs.

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