Why Virtual Servers Alone Won’t Cut It in the Data Center Anymore

Jan 13, 2016

Just because you have virtualized servers within your environment does not mean you are poised to run as efficiently as possible. While virtualization has helped consolidate servers and other resources to boost asset utilization, for continued improvements in operational efficiencies, it’s important to consider that virtual machines may not be the end-all-be-all like you thought.

Here are three reasons why virtual servers alone won’t cut it in the data center and how you can solve them with converged infrastructure:

1. Server sprawl and increased burdens

The influx of virtual machines, or virtual server sprawl, can increase the burden on server and storage administration, threatening compute power and application performance. Even though you have successfully virtualized much of your workload, the administration and management components are not conveniently located in one place or working together.

Lessen the load with converged

Conversely, a converged infrastructure – which consolidates those IT mechanisms for compute power, storage, and performance into a single optimized platform – grants you the benefits of centralized management, increased utilization, and lower costs.

2. Overloaded storage

If storage and data network facilities become overloaded or overprovisioned, you mistakenly undertake time-consuming and costly upgrades. Misalignment between legacy IT stack needs and virtual network assets leads to siloed storage and network operations. The more you virtualize, the more data associated with your workloads grows. Eventually, your IT environment may not be able to keep pace.

Greater capacity means greater reliability

Instead of relying on additional hardware that can increase complexities and costs, converged infrastructures address the real problem. Converged solutions simplify the technologies deployed by using a single platform, reducing both operational complexities and costs. By increasing the capacity, you are lessening the risk for overloaded systems, performance problems, and even downtime.

3. Unpredictable application performance

Because virtual machines cover operating systems, applications, and data, there is a massive amount of redundancy. Storage capacity becomes bogged down and can affect application performance and availability. Furthermore, if you’re running applications on a virtualized infrastructure you could be using cloud in addition to virtual machines. This is another opportunity to lower costs while increasing scalability.

Gain stability

Converged systems combine the components from the data center into a scalable, centrally-managed application. This streamlines deployment and mimics the cloud service provider processes, leaving you with no time wasted in learning new applications.

You can’t just virtualize servers. You need to virtualize your whole stack – servers, network, storage. If you don’t, the disconnected elements can leave you with gaps in your infrastructure. When the whole infrastructure is virtualized and optimized to perform seamlessly, you will be able to support any application resource. Converged is geared up to handle tomorrow’s business needs by accelerating standardization. In the converged infrastructure higher levels of automation and productivity translate into stable environments designed to handle whatever may come.