Converged infrastructure is helping business look at the modern data center from a different perspective. We’re now creating better systems capable of multi-tenancy and better resource controls.
When you look at this kind of converged infrastructure environment, it’s important to see how your data center is also a gateway into the cloud. Converged infrastructure actually helps create a direct tie into a cloud architecture. With this in mind, let’s examine where a converged infrastructure system helps align with a cloud initiative.
- Introduces new levels of integration with cloud and the hypervisor: As long as your converged infrastructure is tightly integrated with your hypervisor, you can control the underlying set of resources. Furthermore, this level of convergence opens up a new level of API integration. With an open API architecture and a lot of intelligence in the software, new kinds of convergence technologies can integrate with OpenStack, CloudStack, Hyper-V, IBM, vCenter, vCAC, VVOLs, VAAI, S3 and so on. This takes the conversation around converged infrastructure to a whole new level by combining the functionality of compute, storage and networking and converging them on a single device through intelligent software and powerful hardware components.
- Creates new levels of agility and resiliency for your business: Scaling into the cloud is critical to staying competitive in today’s market. Converged infrastructure creates powerful policies that can allow for the extension of the modern data center into the cloud. This is done through the control of resources and by allowing a truly agile user ecosystem. By deploying a converged infrastructure, you’re actually creating a fluid system capable of better management, visibility, resource control and cloud extension. On that same note, you’re also improving resiliency for the business. Converged infrastructure allows you to interconnect various data center and cloud points to load balance users and resources. This also allows your business to create powerful disaster recovery and business continuity strategies.
- Creates an agile business and an agile user: A big piece of converged infrastructure is the intelligent control of critical resources, enabling you to deliver applications, push down entire desktops and create a much more agile business. Your underlying converged infrastructure is capable of adapting to the pace of the industry by innovating via hardware and software controls. This means that you can dynamically provision and de-provision resources as needed—these processes can even be automated. By integrating with cloud and empowering the business, converged infrastructure introduces new kinds of economics for the modern data center. This means smaller footprints in the data center, better controls around physical resources and improved elasticity around workload deployment.
The future of the data center revolves around supporting an ever-evolving user. Converged infrastructure allows you to utilize powerful hardware systems, coupled with different hypervisors, all to deliver dynamic resources to a variety of points. The goal becomes better control of your data center through powerful management tools that focus on the hardware and software layer. Moving forward, businesses will depend more and more on the underlying data center. Keeping your infrastructure agile will help you retain your competitive edge.
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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.