The Ins & Outs of Convergence
Too Many Silos on the IT Farm?
The ultimate goal for many of IT organizations is to provide scalable resources on demand. But, the greatest obstacle faced by most IT departments during periods of growth is infrastructure sprawl.
When IT infrastructure is deployed to meet new organizational demands, the traditional approach has been to create distinct silos that support individual applications and services. Unfortunately, this results in an extremely inefficient use of resources, as utilization is low. Not only do these silos trap hardware resources, IT sprawl also robs an organization's budget for innovation and makes it harder to keep pace with growth.
The adoption of virtualization has done a great deal to reduce the effects of IT sprawl, but without a significant investment in systems management and automation tools, many data centers are unprepared for the increased challenges of everyday IT demands. Organizations still rely on manually intensive processes that place a heavy burden on IT staff and slow down response times.
Converged Infrastructure, also known as Unified Computing, solves the problem of IT sprawl by integrating server, storage, networking, and management resources into shared pools. Infrastructure convergence allows organizations to more effectively support IT initiatives like virtualization, cloud computing, and server and storage consolidation, enabling the scalable, secure growth today's organizations need.
By combining separate silos, a common management platform can be used to control operations for many different applications and infrastructure components. This delivers the flexibility and scalability needed to allocate the right amount of resources to projects on an as-needed basis, ensuring a highly efficient use of resources.
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What Convergence Means For Your Data Center
Building a successful converged and unified infrastructure requires several key components. A strong virtualization program is crucial in improving utilization and creating the flexibility to allocate resources as they are needed. Be sure to select storage and network components that offer high levels of flexibility and integration and focus on implementing automated tools that simplify management and reduce the burden on IT staff.
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Bringing together so many different infrastructure components under one banner also creates the necessity to increase communications between various IT departments. A shared resource environment creates many opportunities to increase collaboration between groups, build awareness, and prioritize projects to deliver the best possible results for your organization.
Wondering How to Take the Plunge? Scaling resource allocation based on demand will ultimately provide your organization with the functionality and cost-savings that enable your team to focus on business innovation, rather than operations and maintenance.
Start with an assessment of your server, storage, and network environments. MoreDirect can help you establish a solid foundation for growth that enables greater productivity, manageability, and scalability.
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