Deploying Converged Infrastructure: Business Impacts and Major Benefits

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If you take a look at the modern data center, you’ll see that converged technologies are already having a direct impact on cloud computing, the data center, and major business use-cases. IDC recently reported that the worldwide integrated infrastructure and platforms revenue increased by 33.8% year over year to $2.4 billion and that the market generated more than 833 petabytes of new storage capacity. Furthermore, a recent Gartner report looking into converged architecture stated that hyper-converged integrated systems will represent over 35% of total integrated system market revenue by 2019. This makes it one of the fastest-growing and most valuable technology segments in the industry today.

Finally, cloud initiatives have helped fuel converged infrastructure growth. Organizations are leveraging powerful data center systems to deploy on premise and hybrid cloud systems. “Overall, there are very real trends toward cloud platforms, and toward massively scalable processing. Virtualization, service orientation, and the Internet have converged to sponsor a phenomenon that enables individuals and businesses to choose how they’ll acquire or deliver IT services, with reduced emphasis on the constraints of traditional software and hardware licensing models,” said Chris Howard, research vice president at Gartner. “Services delivered through the cloud will foster an economy based on delivery and consumption of everything from storage to computation to video to finance deduction management.”

With all of this in mind – new technologies are directly impacting how we are integrating the data center with the modern business. New converged infrastructure solutions aim to remove data center fragmentation and unite critical resources.

It’s clear that converged systems are changing the way we utilize resource and deploy our data centers. But how is it revolutionizing the business? Where is convergence changing the way we adopt cloud? Most importantly of all – how does convergence create truly cost-effective solutions?

  1. Convergence creates consolidation! Fragmentation and complexity are no way to manage a growing data center and IT infrastructure. Intelligent converged infrastructure solutions allow you to create greater levels of density while deploying fewer pieces of hardware. Not only are you creating better multi-tenant ecosystems with converged solutions – you’re also doing this very cost effectively. Remember, convergence and consolidation also help save on data center real estate, cooling and power consumption, and even management costs. Most of all, consolidation can also help with density. Converged systems help you remove legacy data center components while still catering to a digital user. This means more apps, more virtual desktops, and more capabilities around mobility. There are numerous benefits to the user, the business, and the data center when converged infrastructure helps consolidate critical technologies.
  2. Easier management and a smaller data center footprint. Convergence changes the way we deploy and utilize data center resources. Most of all – convergence allows you to design an infrastructure which is capable of growth while still controlling the amount of hardware being deployed. Network, storage and compute resources are all aligned and utilized very efficiently. Most of all, converged systems allow for some of the best management capabilities currently available in the market. Architecture designs allow you to centralize the control plane, simplify the management of all workloads, and help align your business model to the capabilities of your data center. As we mentioned earlier, a fragmented data center is a difficult one to manage. Converged infrastructure allows you to centralize your most critical resources and manage your entire business. This can be on premise, or, in a distributed fashion. By creating better levels of management, you support a growing business capable of meeting today’s digital demands.
  3. Optimize user experience by delivering new kinds of content and resources. Your users are a lot more diverse. They’re accessing mobile content, virtual desktops, and numerous applications. All of this requires a new way to control resources and optimize user experiences. Convergence allows administrators to create truly flexible environments capable of supporting a broad array of users, verticals, and even industries. Converged solutions impact use-cases ranging from healthcare to manufacturing and, everything in between. You can set powerful policies and control delivery mechanisms which ensure powerful user experiences whether those users are mobile, working remotely, or are onsite. Converged infrastructure directly integrates with the virtualization layer to enable administrators to monitor and control the way users experience virtual applications and desktops. This level of integration allows for more flexibility and user optimization and helps simplify overall management.

The future of the data center revolves around supporting an ever-evolving user. Converged infrastructure allows you to utilize powerful hardware systems, coupled with different hypervisors – all to deliver dynamic resources to a variety of points. The goal becomes to better control your data center through powerful management tools which revolve around the hardware and software layer. By working with convergence, you not only create this level of integrations; you also help align directly with the business.

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Bill Kleyman

Vice President of Strategy and Innovation at MTM Technologies

Bill is an enthusiastic technologist with experience in datacenter design, management, and deployment. His architecture work includes large virtualization and cloud deployments as well as business network design and implementation. Bill enjoys writing, blogging, and educating colleagues around everything that is technology. During the day, Bill is the Vice President of Strategy and Innovation at MTM Technologies, where he interacts with enterprise organizations and helps align IT strategies with direct business goals. Bill’s whitepapers, articles, video blogs and podcasts have been published and referenced on InformationWeek, NetworkComputing, TechTarget, DarkReading, Data Center Knowledge, CBS Interactive, Slashdot, and many others. Most recently, Bill was ranked #16 in the Onalytica study which reviewed the top 100 most influential individuals in the cloud landscape, globally.

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