For any technology to succeed, there must first be a good use case around deployment and utilization. Converged infrastructure is no exception. Here are five ways in which converged infrastructure can help companies overcome some of the many challenges facing the modern data center.
1. VDI and virtualization
Converged infrastructure offers IT administrators the capability to inject powerful resources directly into their virtualization environment. You can control how resources are allocated, create policies around provisioning and ensure constant optimization. Many organizations are removing resource-intensive workloads like VDI and transitioning them to converged infrastructure. This helps centralize management, optimize content delivery and enhance the overall user experience.
2. Data center consolidation
An effective way to create a smaller data center footprint and save on resource utilization is to deploy an environment capable of doing more with less. This is where converged infrastructure comes in. With CI you create a centrally managed environment with network, storage, compute and management--all built into one powerful environment. It’s now easier than ever to create migration plans to move critical workloads off of traditional compute systems and onto converged infrastructure. In doing so, you’ll create better resource controls and will require less hardware to support a greater number of users.
3. Applications, databases and workload delivery
With converged infrastructure systems you can dedicate resources to very specific types of workloads. In fact, that’s the beauty of converged systems: They provide the ability to support a diverse workload environment while still giving administrators flexibility in allocating dedicated resources and supporting virtual systems. Converged infrastructure systems can be used to support database deployments and resource-intensive applications, as well as to create powerful content distribution networks.
4. Optimized data center economics
Converged infrastructure introduces new levels of Web and cloud-scale capabilities. You’re no longer working with independent, distributed systems. Converged environments allow you to aggregate powerful resources and present them to a variety of cloud and virtual environments, and all of this is centralized and managed from one location. You remove complexity, create new levels of control and simplify overall management.
5. Better alignment with the business
As your organization moves through this digital revolution, it’s critical to continually align the capabilities of the data center with the goals of the business. Converged infrastructure allows for more freedom and flexibility to create faster go-to market strategies, and helps the business adapt to quickly changing market dynamics through the dynamic provisioning and deprovisioning of resources.
Underwritten by HPE
Part of HPE’s Power of One strategy, HPE Converged Architecture 700 delivers infrastructure as one integrated stack. HPE Converged Architecture 700 delivers proven, repeatable building blocks of infrastructure maintained by one management platform (HPE OneView), built and delivered exclusively by qualified HPE Channel Partners. This methodology saves considerable time and resources, compared to the do-it-yourself (DIY) approach.
Based on a complete HPE stack consisting of HPE BladeSystem with Intel® Xeon® E5 v3-based HPE ProLiant BL460c Gen9 blades, HPE 3PAR StoreServ all-flash storage, HPE Networking, and HPE OneView infrastructure management software, the HPE Converged Architecture 700 can be easily modified to fit within your existing IT environment.