There are some pretty compelling reasons as to why next-generation convergence is such a hot topic in the industry today. Some even argue that this type of ecosystem will be the future of cloud and the modern data center. With this in mind, here’s a look at how converged infrastructure is helping with business growth and redefining resource management:
1. Organizations can more easily and effectively leverage resources.
Converged infrastructure is a data center architecture composed of computing hardware, virtualization support, switching fabric and management software. The idea behind the system is to reduce total cost of ownership and improve scalability by integrating the different components into a cohesive platform that can be managed as a single unit. Just-in-time deployment of resources and 1:N redundancy are also possible with a system of this type. This means that organizations can leverage powerful resource control policies to ensure optimal user support and content delivery.
2. Converged infrastructure helps reduce data center footprints and enables better business agility.
Any organization looking to consolidate its environment and reduce a hardware-, networking- and resource-heavy footprint should look at converged infrastructure. These powerful data center solutions help redesign a business’s IT workflow and create a more robust data center environment capable of growth and easier manageability. Remember: Converged infrastructure isn’t only about unifying data center resources; these platforms also look to unify core business practices within the data center and make the entire infrastructure more agile.
3. Converged infrastructure helps create a more open platform.
Vendor lock-in has always been an issue when it comes to creating a data center compute, network and storage platform. Although this might be the case with the hardware you buy, the intelligence that powers it all actually helps create a much more open and interconnect-ready platform. It’s important to note that an intelligent infrastructure is a flexible one. With converged infrastructure, you need to examine device and software interoperability. You can connect with other virtualization platforms and desktop delivery models, and even integrate with a hybrid cloud ecosystem. The management environment surrounding converged infrastructure gives access to new types of APIs and connection points. With careful planning, it’s very possible to have a robust, diverse environment where your converged infrastructure is working together with your data center ecosystem to deliver powerful IT solutions.
4. Converged infrastructure gives businesses new options around growth, integration, management, and cost controls.
Stand-alone solutions like blade environments and chassis-based systems were at one point a very expensive investment. Even now you need to be cautious as to how these technologies are deployed. With converged infrastructure, you can utilize bundled solutions that can be planned around your business needs, and converged infrastructure costs have become even more competitive--to the point that organization that once couldn’t afford convergence now can. By removing bulky systems, organizations can save money in data center infrastructure costs, heating and cooling, and, of course save time with management. So, even though the initial investment is not insignificant, the cumulative savings for the data center may make the project well worth it.
To stay competitive in today’s ever evolving market, business must remain as agile as possible. A huge enabler around this are the capabilities of your IT environment. How quickly can you scale resources? How fast can you support new business units? How quickly can you provide applications and desktops to new sets of users? Converged infrastructure not only helps you centralize your data and valuable resources, but it also helps with next-generation workload delivery. These types of architectures help businesses keep pace with the market, allowing them to make critical decisions quickly. As you build out your data center and business strategies, make sure you directly align them with your specific business use cases.
Remember: The faster you can scale your business, the greater chance you can maintain a competitive advantage in the market.
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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.