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Understanding Converged Infrastructure Economics and Business Benefits

Understanding Converged Infrastructure Economics and Business Benefits

With converged infrastructure maturing, organizations are seeing big infrastructure and CI deployment benefits.

There has been a substantial amount of buzz in the market around the power of converged infrastructure and new types of use cases. Today, converged infrastructure aims to unify powerful data center resources and introduce new levels of economics for the business. It’s important to see just how much we’re advancing when it comes to data delivery and new types of devices connecting into the data center--and how all of this is impacting your business.

Converged systems are powerful platforms that really took the industry by storm. With built-in automation, high-density architecture and high-performance chassis, converged systems help IT pros architect a very robust cloud and storage environment. The idea is to create unparalleled density and allow for resources to be delivered as effectively as possible.  Industry trends show that the pace of converged systems adoption will only continue to grow. According to a recent Gartner report, hyper-converged integrated systems will represent over 35% of total integrated system market revenue by 2019.

Furthermore, converged systems trends continue to show growth in the segment. A recent IDC report recently examined Q3 of 2015 and how it impacted the converged system market. During that quarter alone, the worldwide converged systems market increased revenue 6.2% year over year to $2.5 billion. The market generated 1,261 petabytes of new storage capacity shipments during the quarter, up 34.8% compared to the same period a year before.

Finally, the report gave a big stat showing the amount of growth in the converged market: Hyperconverged sales grew 155.3% year over year during the third quarter of 2015, generating more than $278.8 million worth of sales. This amounted to 10.9% of the total market value.

With all of this in mind, it’s important to see what’s driving all of this change and adoption. With CI maturing, organizations are seeing big infrastructure and CI deployment benefits.

Let’s examine a few key points:

  • CI introduces new levels of scale. With CI you see the integration of core resources and delivery technologies. These are no longer segmented systems sitting in silos within your data center. Because of this tight integration, administrators can quickly deploy more infrastructure to support business use cases. Most of all, this level of rapid scale helps organizations more efficiently utilize resources as they are delivered to applications, desktops and users.
  • CI creates less risk and faster deployment. The big premise behind CI is that it comes as a pre-validated, referenced architecture capable of being deployed in strategic data center building blocks. With CI, network, storage and compute resources are integrated into one system. Here, you can remove data center resource silos and really begin to optimize virtual workloads. In these scenarios, management is done either at the hypervisor layer or at the CI management console or tool. Most of all, you actually reduce deployment risk and even speed up deployments. This will be important for companies that are going through mergers and acquisitions and the need to deploy new business units.
  • CI allows for more business use cases to be developed. As mentioned earlier, the rapid changes in today’s market require organizations to be truly agile. Technology must keep up with business demands; otherwise these systems are not actually enabling the business process. CI helps organizations keep pace with market dynamics and allows for companies across all verticals to retain a competitive edge. Whether you’re deploying a new infrastructure or are merging with another organization, CI allows you to aggregate resources and positively impact the business.

Organizations across all verticals and industries are working to remove silos and simplify their environments. Complexity and fragmentation within a data center can cause outages, slower deployment times, and even introduce management risks. As you create your own data center ecosystem, work with technologies that help unify core resources, support your business, and help create better user experiences. Ultimately, this not only simplifies IT management, it also helps align IT with the business.

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.

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