The world of tech has had an infinite number of technological breakthroughs. Within the last decade, for instance, the data center as we know it has changed. First came virtualization, which revolutionized the storage world by helping to consolidate big data loads. Then came cloud computing, which helped answer the need for better service and application delivery for companies all over the world.
Today, we are on the cusp of another great game-changer in the world of IT. As a pre-configured, pre-racked, and pre-cabled solution, converged infrastructures are simply a pre-packaged architecture built from tight designs that are engineered to deploy in minutes. They take integration to the next level and offer a complete unit of systems that streamline computing, thrive on interoperability, reduce operational expenses, and simplify management capabilities.
Built for the modern tech age, converged infrastructures are the next step in the evolutionary chain of Information Technology, and this step couldn’t come soon enough.
Why Virtualization Alone Isn’t Cutting It Anymore
Virtualization has been a game-changing technology in the data center. It has allowed for more application flexibility and reduced operational spending compared to the use of physical servers. At the same time, virtualization has also led to new complexities and operational pitfalls.
Here are a few signs that your virtualized environment is under strain:
- Server sprawl increases the pressures placed on server and storage administration, which, in turn, affects application performance.
- Over-burdened, over-provisioned data networks also slow upgrades and make the migration of additional business-critical applications more complex and time-consuming.
- Siloed storage environments are another concern that complicate virtualized IT infrastructures. Siloed environments can be the result of legacy servers that are unable to be connected to new infrastructure management platforms, so they sit as separate systems.
- Compatibility and storage controller limitations can also lead to siloes in virtual environments, which increase operation and management costs.
- Storage capacity requirements struggle to keep pace as virtual machines aggregate more data (each VM requires a percentage of storage allocation to operate).
- Data loss results from disparate systems.
- Security concerns arise when patched-together infrastructures lack consistent security policies and comprehensive controls.
- Complex process management and asset management leave management personnel fighting to keep up, especially in terms of maintenance, upgrades, monitoring, and patching.
- Maintenance contracts become difficult to manage as multi-vendor infrastructures add an additional layer of complication.
- Deployment risk increases when you are not working with a standardized infrastructure. Thus, you require more planning to customize a solution to fit specific hardware and programming needs.
How Can a Converged Infrastructure Help?
Converged infrastructures allow companies to not only consolidate their infrastructures to reduce server sprawl, but they also help companies standardize their systems. This allows organizations to rapidly deploy and scale their infrastructures while eliminating a great deal of planning and design time. Oh, and the ability to deploy a new system in minutes helps reduce risk and cost. This adaptability doesn’t hurt a company’s ability to flex to industry changes either.
Increased utilization rates also offer lower operational costs. Add in improved management capabilities and an integrated security approach, and you have an infrastructure designed to kick ass.
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