How Converged Infrastructure Impacts Intelligent Storage Management

Data utilization and storage consumption in a converged infrastructure are major considerations when deploying virtual workloads. With storage oftentimes being a bottleneck for many deployments, converged storage--especially when combined with converged infrastructure--has some major benefits for the data center and the business.

Bill Kleyman

June 25, 2016

4 Min Read
How Converged Infrastructure Impacts Intelligent Storage Management

The modern data center environment has become the heart of almost any organization. Because of this, there has become a greater emphasis on creating efficiency around data center systems. This means eliminating complex distributed resource platforms in favor of optimized converged infrastructures.

With more users, devices and connection points to the Internet, data is being generated at very rapid speeds. In fact, a recent Digital Archive Market Forecast showed that in 2015 the total worldwide cumulative digital archive capacity was more than 300,000 petabytes. And the latest MarketsandMarkets report said that this industry is expected to grow from $4.31 billion in 2015 to $7.55 billion in 2020, representing a CAGR of 11.8%.

As the reliance on the data center continues to grow and more organizations move toward a cloud computing model, the storage components will still sit at the heart of the infrastructure. There is a growing need for storage solutions that are intelligent and capable of effectively scaling. One way to deliver these platforms is through a converged infrastructure solution--more specifically, converged storage.

Data utilization and storage consumption in a converged infrastructure are major considerations when deploying virtual workloads. With storage oftentimes being a bottleneck for many deployments, converged storage--especially when combined with converged infrastructure--has some major benefits for the data center and the business, including:

  • Flexible deployment options including a range of form factors (rack, tower, blade, hybrid) as both physical disk systems and as software-defined storage. You have the capability to deploy a storage architecture that specifically meets the needs of your business. Modern converged infrastructure and converged storage ecosystems give you true flexibility when designing around your data center.

  • Easier administration through common management interfaces for remote support and service. Being able to support your entire data center is critical. You can accomplish next-generation storage management through converged solutions. These architectures help administrators troubleshoot issues faster and support the overall environment more effectively.

  • Simplified hardware maintenance via common component leverage with servers. When you can quickly resolve issues at the hardware and software layer, you create an environment that is capable of greater resiliency. Converged storage and converged infrastructure solutions help integrate your data center to create common management layers.

  • Greater visibility into operational metrics (like power and cooling) with a “sea of sensors” for the data center. New architectures let you integrate management into your entire data center and CI environment. This means ensuring optimal performance from your physical and virtual environment.

  • Converged networking to reduce cable sprawl and lower costs. Less wiring, better connectivity, and improved management are all a part of a solid CI solution. Most of all, you optimize the delivery of key resources (like storage) into critical virtual workloads and applications.

  • Enhanced performance through standards-based storage hardware innovation. Improved performance between CI and storage solutions means better user experiences. When virtual desktops and virtual applications are performing more optimally than bare metal, you know you’re delivering real performance to the business--and to your users.

As you examine your own business and your data center ecosystem, remember that today’s IT demands span the data center, from capacity to technology, processes, people and governance. Converged Infrastructure opens the door to new approaches, and can enable IT management to defer or avoid costly data center expansions. There are numerous real world benefits to deploying CI. These include:

  • Simplification: Collapse siloed, hierarchical, point-to-point infrastructure into an easily managed, energy-efficient and re-usable set of resources.

  • Smooth pathway for growth: Efficiently deploy new applications and services, with optimum utilization across servers, storage, networking and power.

  • On-demand delivery: Deliver applications and services through a common framework that can leverage on-premise, private cloud and off-premise resources.

  • Employee productivity: Move resources from operations to innovation by increasing automation of application, infrastructure and facility management.

These types of architectures enable organizations to achieve these goals while getting ahead of the growth curve and the cost curve. In working with data centers today, administrators must design environments capable of high density and efficient scalability. In using converged infrastructure solutions, you unify key data center resources and effectively remove resource bottlenecks. Most of all, when you incorporate data center censors (power and cooling) into your overall management ecosystem, you can create a truly holistic, converged data center model.  

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.



About the Author(s)

Bill Kleyman

Bill Kleyman has more than 15 years of experience in enterprise technology. He also enjoys writing, blogging, and educating colleagues about tech. His published and referenced work can be found on Data Center Knowledge, AFCOM, ITPro Today, InformationWeek, NetworkComputing, TechTarget, DarkReading, Forbes, CBS Interactive, Slashdot, and more.

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