Gain efficiencies across server, storage and network stacks through convergence and automation
The critical resources of an IT infrastructure have to work cohesively to successfully deliver services and applications to the business. The deployment of servers, networks and storage has to be choreographed and orchestrated for speed, agility, reliability and consistency. If any one aspect of the infrastructure is not up to the task, the whole thing can come apart and critical applications may perform poorly or, worse, not at all.
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In this age of virtualization and cloud computing, the traditional approach of separately managing each major portion of the infrastructure—servers, storage and networks—is becoming increasingly inefficient and, in some ways, anachronistic, a quaint relic of an earlier era. It served its purpose, but it just doesn’t fit today’s modern data center.
When you are looking at how to deliver services and applications to the business, you are undoubtedly looking at servers, networks and storage holistically—because they have to interoperate in such a way to serve the needs of the business. The goal is not to have the best server solution, or the best network solution, or the best storage solution. It’s to have the best integrated and converged solution.
So how do you do the best job of gaining efficiencies across your server, storage and network stacks? The answer is in a converged infrastructure such as Dell Active Infrastructure, and/or a shared infrastructure platform such as Dell PowerEdge VRTX.
Dell Active Infrastructure is a converged infrastructure encompassing platforms, integrated systems and architectures. Dell PowerEdge VRTX is an all-in-one solution that combines server, storage, networking and management into a single chassis that can fit under a desk in a small office. Dell PowerEdge VRTX provides the benefits of a converged infrastructure to small and midsize businesses and branch offices, as well as to departmental deployments, workgroups and clusters within larger enterprises.
With these converged management solutions, IT can gain efficiencies across hardware stacks by collapsing and automating critical administrative tasks and managing them in a central location and from a single console. This speeds up routine tasks, freeing up personnel for more strategic purposes. With rapid and simple cluster configurations, IT staff can set up functioning clusters in less than an hour.
In addition, by using fewer and more intuitive tools, a single administrator can perform more tasks, thereby reducing overhead. The organization can be much more efficient in scaling up when needed and can do a better job of capacity planning for deploying shared resource pools for applications, private clouds and other IT-based services.
What are the benefits of adopting these solutions from Dell? Here are four to consider for your organization:
- Simplify operations and amplify IT productivity by unifying and automating management—without compromising domain-level control across physical and virtual infrastructures. Organizations can simplify monitoring, troubleshooting and remediation with Microsoft System Center 2012.
- Deploy a complete and integrated infrastructure solution without tradeoffs by adopting holistic infrastructure innovations that integrate into your existing data center architectures. In addition, you can upgrade at your own pace by adding servers, storage and networking as needed.
- Improve reliability with better infrastructure and insights to ensure performance, availability and quality of service with pre-engineered designs that enable more complete infrastructure visibility.
- Maximize value with pre-integrated solutions, or take a more tailored approach by leveraging flexible infrastructure delivery models that align with your specific needs.
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If your organization has not yet adopted a converged management approach, you could be missing opportunities to reduce costs, simplify IT operations and speed up your ability to respond to new business opportunities. With innovative solutions such as Dell Active Infrastructure and PowerEdge VRTX, deployments are simple and extremely cost efficient. It’s time to check them out.
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