Utilizing a single platform to simplify resource pooling
Even in the best of environments, computer infrastructures tend to grow haphazardly. When the business needs a new server, more storage capacity or new network switches, the equipment often gets ordered without proper consideration given to where it will be located, how much space it will take up or how much power it will consume.
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Not to point fingers, but small and midsize businesses, along with branch offices, tend to be particularly vulnerable to such practices, since they often don’t have isolated data centers. Enterprise computing environments are not immune either. The result can be a messy tangle of wires and cables, the constant whir of equipment running and computer hardware taking up valuable space that could be better used by staff.
Server virtualization was supposed to address this kind of sprawl, and in some ways it has. However, while server virtualization consolidates the server environment, it typically increases the requirements for storage capacity and network bandwidth.
As such, the next important step in the evolution of compute environments is the concept of a converged infrastructure , which helps businesses address critical pain points and achieve several important benefits, including:
- Pooling of resources so that servers, storage, networks and services can be consolidated and managed from a single point, with centralized automation and orchestration.
- Simplified integration of applications and services across heterogeneous hardware and software environments.
- Simpler scalability to grow any aspect of the infrastructure to meet workload and application demands, without increasing space requirements or the level of noise within the office environment.
- Future-proofing of the infrastructure to support increased levels of virtualization, as well as any next-generation cloud computing requirements.
The pooling of resources—servers, storage, networks and services—is critical to enabling this next-generation compute environment. But it can also be complicated, particularly for SMBs and branch offices, which may not have access to the same levels of IT expertise and resources as larger enterprises.
Fortunately, SMBs, enterprises, departments, workgroups and branch offices can simply and inexpensively achieve the benefits of resource pooling through a shared infrastructure solution such as Dell PowerEdge VRTX, which integrates all hardware, software and services in a combined package.
With PowerEdge VRTX, servers, storage and networking are all part of a single package that can fit under a desk in an office without having any impact on the work environment. The solution pools resources internally and in an automated manner, with a unified management tool presented in a single console. Each unit can be scaled up to 48 terabytes of storage capacity.
Dell PowerEdge VRTX allows enterprises, SMBs, workgroups and branch offices to address hardware sprawl while simplifying integration across platforms and increasing resource pooling through expanded virtualization. To support virtualized environments, PowerEdge VRTX is packaged with Microsoft Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V. It is also a perfect fit for virtualization and application clusters.
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Businesses of all sizes must be strategic in managing the growth of their IT resources. As trends such as mobility, cloud computing, social networking and big data continue to proliferate, the pressure to be more adept at harnessing technology resources will continue to increase as well. Utilizing converged infrastructure with resource pooling is one of the underlying enablers for next-generation technology. Fortunately, tomorrow’s solutions are here today.
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