What to look for in a converged infrastructure
Converged infrastructures have become one of the critical factors driving IT decision-making today. Why? Here are three obvious reasons:
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- Lower costs: A converged infrastructure enables IT to cut costs by integrating server, storage and network technologies with software for IT infrastructure management, automation and orchestration. Organizations of all sizes can deploy virtualization more efficiently, resulting in lower costs through consolidation. Ongoing operational costs are reduced through centralized and simplified management of IT resources, including servers, networks, storage and services.
- Accelerated time to value: With converged infrastructures, systems can be up and running much faster than in traditional data center environments. They can also be scaled much quicker as workloads grow or new applications are added, enabling the business to be more productive and more agile in delivering products and services to customers.
- Reduced IT complexity: Complexity is costly, time consuming and wasteful. In today’s heterogeneous IT environments, applications have to run efficiently across multiple platforms. Converged infrastructure can provide a simplified and highly automated path to integration, with centralized management, monitoring, reporting and remediation.
Converged infrastructures have been widely accepted and used to great advantage in large enterprises. Now, the same benefits can be achieved by small and midsize businesses, as well as in workgroups, branch offices and departmental computing environments in the enterprise. The result is a groundswell of demand for converged infrastructure solutions among businesses of all sizes, for a wide range of applications. According to IDC, the market for converged systems is growing at a rate of about 55% a year.
However, not all converged infrastructure solutions are created equal, particularly those suitable for small and midsize businesses and/or workgroups, departmental or branch office computing in enterprise environments. For those types of office environments, IT and business decision-makers should look for solutions that provide the following features and benefits:
- All-in-one solution: Expanding virtualization and reducing complexity leads to a much more agile business that can better respond to customer and employee needs through shared resources and cloud computing. A solution that combines all hardware and hardware management along with the underlying virtualization software can enable IT to attain new levels of speed and agility. A prime example of the power of an all-in-one solution is Dell PowerEdge VRTX, which is a shared infrastructure platform that is available with Microsoft Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V, along with simplified deployment for key Microsoft applications such as Exchange Server 2013, SQL Server 2012, Lync Server 2012, SharePoint 2013 and Active Directory.
- Unified management: When combined with a converged infrastructure, a unified management system can bring unprecedented levels of automation to an office computing environment. These systems can automatically configure new hardware and automatically detect failures and assign other machines to take over the load. This approach allows IT to reduce operating expenses (and headaches), while enabling simplified scalability to improve agility and alignment with business objectives.
- Big power, small package: The innovative design of solutions such as Dell PowerEdge VRTX combines all necessary resources for servers, storage, networking and management into a single-chassis system that can fit under a desk in a small office. This makes it much easier for the organization to reduce the number of devices, cables, power supplies and other equipment taking up valuable space and adding to IT complexity. It also provides for a solution that is much more appropriate to a smaller office environment, where hardware sprawl and noise from the computer system can negatively impact the work environment. In addition, Dell PowerEdge VRTX enables the organization to reduce the complexity of systems management through increased automation and innovative enhancements to systems management software.
Watch as Dell’s Andy Rhodes discusses four key attributes that organizations need to maximize their value from convergence.
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The time is right for SMBs, enterprises, workgroups, branch offices and departmental environments to reap the advantages of converged infrastructures. Here’s how to get started: Dell PowerEdge VRTX
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