Three Benefits of Converged Infrastructure Solutions

Posted by Mark Teter, Chief Technology Officer
June 17, 2013

Converged infrastructure, unified computing or integrated compute platforms? Take your pick! Until the industry settles on a specific term you’ll likely be hearing all of these used at some point, but hear you will. Converged infrastructure solutions – the pooling of physical server, storage and networking devices into a family of shared resources – are shaping up to be as hot as virtualization technology was when it first roared onto the scene. And why not? They both help data centers consolidate hardware and reduce the siloes that make data centers inefficient and expensive to build and maintain.

While there’s a lot to consider when it comes to implementing a converged infrastructure, not the least of which is how you plan on building your new IT stack, there are some incontrovertible truths, and those are the benefits that can be realized with a converged infrastructure. Here are three of them (and there are certainly more):

  1. Save time and money – These are the big benefits; the ones that get the most interest throughout the organization. Companies can reduce the need for dedicated, single-use components and actually limits the overall number of components needed to manage or troubleshoot since there’s one stack. One IT stack also means that the data center foot print – much like with virtualization technology – is reduced, saving further operational costs.
  2. Increase operational efficiencies – Since your breaking down siloes that utilized some redundant technologies and creating one IT stack, you can deliver greater resource utilization rates and faster application provisioning. This too mirrors the benefits that virtualization technology created at the server-level.
  3. Improve performance – In addition to being able to provision applications faster, common protocols and fabrics are facilitating performance upgrades to 100Gbs.

These benefits – especially when combined –give companies the ability to focus on their companies’ high-value tasks and respond to changing business priorities and market conditions. A recent Computerworld article – The Whole Enchilada: Integrated Compute Platforms Steamroll Across IT – says it nicely:

Customers are clearly seeing the benefit of "collapsed kit." As a matter of fact, I'd say the market has now moved from "vendor push" to "customer pull." That means the market isn't happening just because of all those vendors and their nifty pitches any longer -- customers have started to demand more and more converged kit.

If you’ve already implemented a converged infrastructure, share some of what you’re seeing in your data center by adding 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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