Converged InfrastructureBy Kyle Christopher

We’ve seen a lot of benefits to our customers who use converged infrastructures. Converged infrastructures (a.k.a. converged stacks, integrated storage stacks) are preconfigured, bundled storage products that consist of servers, storage, and networking components and server virtualization software. Converged solutions make life easy because they’re offered by one storage vendor. This makes them easy to manage and install while offering a single point of contact if you need help or if something goes wrong.

One of our customers forwarded us some good articles from SearchStorage.com that we thought would be helpful to boil down for you. Here are a few of the benefits we’ve found from offering converged solutions to our customers.

1. Faster Development

Lead time required for new IT projects can take forever, especially when multiple developers need access to the same production environment to do testing. Storage requirements usually grow exponentially due to numerous copies of the same data. Meanwhile, test engineers who work within limited storage resources have to watch cat videos on YouTube for months while they wait for access. And you’re paying them to do it. A better idea might be to invest that money in additional storage resources that are easy and inexpensive to get in place. Just a thought.

2. Rapid Rollout

Beyond testing, you might actually get new applications into production. Crazy talk, I know, but maybe not. If you can get the same architecture in place for both test/dev environments as well as production environments, your lead times will exponentially decrease. A converged infrastructure can be key to supporting mission-critical needs such as high performance and continuous availability.

3. Big Virtualization

Nowadays, virtualization is functioning well into tier 1 applications at a lot of companies. There’s a lot of risk involved when production applications are involved. Better to give them a larger infrastructure to get it done right. Converged infrastructures offer this benefit without the extra engineering needed to get more storage in place.

4. Less Expertise Required

You nor your value-added reseller (VAR) are interested in complex integration projects. If you’ve got the talent required to get a larger infrastructure in place, you’re probably going to use them on other, more valuable projects that generate revenue.

5. Accelerated Learning Curve

There are companies with loads of VMs in place with more being added all the time. Converged stacks can reduce the amount of time it takes to dial in new virtualization hosts.

6. Instant Gratification

Return on investment (ROI) expectations have been significantly reduced from what they were in the past. Expensive projects are now expected to hit the ground running. Converged infrastructures are great if you’re trying to show ROI of a particular storage solution to your CFO or CEO.

7. It Works

Stack configurations are pretested prior to arriving at your doorstep. This basically allows to put something in place confidently, knowing that you’ve found a solution that will work right away. 

8. Single Point Of Contact

With a converged infrastructure, you only have one point of contact to deal with if something goes wrong instead of calling 10 different vendors for 10 different pieces of gear. 

If you need a storage solution that works and is easy to get in place while providing ease of support, a converged infrastructure may be the right fit. Fortunately, there are a lot of options out there for IT departments interested in converged infrastructures. You might also like to check out these resources on SearchStorage.

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