Top 3 Tips for Getting the Most out of Your Converged Infrastructure

Dec 2, 2015

Consolidation and collaboration are popular keywords in today’s business environment. When you consolidate roles you are able to decrease overhead. When you collaborate between teams you stop operating in silos to bring better, more complete ideas or products to your clients.

Consolidating infrastructure with converged platforms decreases resource-provisioning cycles and allows for more responsive IT. In addition, it reduces traditional data center complexities by pairing server, storage, and network to work together. So what can companies do to harness the advantages of a converged infrastructures (CI) in terms of consolidation and collaboration?

Follow these 3 tips to help ensure your converged infrastructure meets your expectations:

#1 Work with your vendor every step of the way

There is no one solution to fix every IT problem you may be experiencing. Whether you are having difficulties managing workloads or your storage needs keep bursting beyond the available capacity, there are numerous approaches and architectures for converged infrastructure. Just because converged infrastructures often come with pre-packaged components doesn’t mean you can’t customize certain features. A flexible vendor can adjust even pre-configured systems to meet your specific business model needs. advises you to, “be sure that your converged infrastructure vendor offers the full gamut of possible combinations of compute, networking, storage, virtualization and management software that can be tailored to meet your workload requirements.” To get the most out of the solution, it needs to work exactly how you envisioned it.

#2 Encourage teams to collaborate for deployment and beyond

Whether you operate in a smaller businesses where one person makes most IT decisions or in a larger IT department where decisions for addressing servers, storage, networks, applications, and operations are made without coordination across other business or IT units, resources can become strained. Various teams end up competing for budgets without seeing the bigger picture. It’s important for every team to bring their knowledge to the converged infrastructure.

The converged infrastructure itself combines all of these various resources under one “box”. Previously siloed operations can then work together for better insight and cooperation between the units and systems. IT teams enjoy the benefit of having a more streamlined method for gaining insight and achieving smoother operations.­ In the same way that a converged infrastructure operates under a shared-use model with resources available on demand, if IT teams continuously communicate about how the system is working or where greater resources and efficiencies are needed then best practices form around the system.

#3 Prepare!

As your infrastructure evolves you must make sure that the newly deployed converged environment is able to work seamlessly with legacy applications. To ensure the transition goes as expected, work with your vendor early on to discuss how those applications running on legacy systems will work in the new environment and understand their suggestion for addressing any potential issues or concerns.

By working with a vendor that offers an open delivery approach you benefit from the most modern solutions built to be compatible with existing infrastructure and applications. This will guarantee that the new converged infrastructure will seamlessly integrate with those critical applications in the legacy environment and you can get up and running easily.

Follow these tips to ensure that your converged infrastructure is working hard for your business the way it should be.