There are an increasing number of complexities that are running rampant through data centers today. One such complication has taken the form of server sprawl – or having too many siloed servers operating on their own within an infrastructure. It has been the result of the mountains of data growth that companies have had to endure in recent years.
The rapid expansion of storage needed to scale to these growing data demands also left many companies with an infrastructure that holds a potpourri of various products and solutions – from SANs to purpose-built appliances, webs of cabling, overlapping system tools, and more. For infrastructure managers especially, this explosion of infrastructure needs has turned into an intricate maze of maintenance needs that are the stuff of nightmares. And add in operational inefficiencies, like excessive cooling and power costs, and you have the cherry that tops the cake.
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So what are companies doing to combat these inefficiencies? They are looking to more condensed, pre-virtualized, pre-configured infrastructures to help simplify things. The converged market rose 20% year over year in the 1st Qtr of 2018 to $3.2B, and there are a lot of good reasons why.
These are the 5 ways converged infrastructures are adding abundant value to data centers:
- Quick Deployment – Converged infrastructures come complete with all of the pre-packaged components needed to operate an infrastructure – from networking to cabling, virtualized storage, and beyond. These various pieces are all pre-configured by certified experts before they even leave the factory, which means you are getting a certified solution. Even a person who is not a storage expert can deploy this system in a matter of minutes versus days.
- Reduced Deployment Risk – Going hand-in-hand with a streamlined deployment, converged infrastructures also help companies reduce the risks and unexpected costs associated with deployments. You no longer needs extra teams and specialized experts to help strategize the addition of a customized piece of hardware to your infrastructure puzzle.
- Extended Maintenance and Support – By using a tested and validated design, companies gain assurance when it comes to performance power and longevity. An added perk is that you also gain access to continued support, including coding updates, software patches, and even new software versions.
- Simplified Management – Say goodbye to server sprawl. One system allows for a single point of management for your entire infrastructure. Also, one vendor eliminates the many complex support contracts that run rampant through diverse data centers. One supplier can address any concerns that arise – without dealing with the blame game.
- Scale With Ease – Operations starting to burst at the seams? Adding a machine component is as easy as placing a new order – no major planning or configurations required. Without a complex setup, you can install that new system in a matter of minutes.
So, there you have it. These were 5 reasons why converged infrastructures are set to rock the world of the data center. This is infrastructure in evolution.
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