Why Converged Infrastructure?
Behind the curtains of nearly any organization’s data center, you’re likely to see a legacy model of complexity. Many of today’s data centers are a mismatched collection of brands, topologies and platforms across both hardware and software. This has led to a drastic increase in IT complexity, creating big challenges for organizations when it comes to management, security, scalability and cost efficiency. As a result, many of those organizations have turned to companies like Cold Creek to help them come up with new infrastructure solutions for computing, storage, networking, security and other core software platforms. One increasingly popular approach to taming data centers’ runaway heterogeneity is implementing converged infrastructure solutions.
Converged solutions have the ability to bring together all fundamental hardware components in an intelligently engineered, purpose-built configuration. A key benefit of converged solutions is the fact that they are pre-configured, integrated, tested and installed as a single, cohesive unit, rather than bolted together with digital version of duct tape. As a result, organizations are able to reduce complexity, ease deployment and integration, lower expenses and improve their ability to deploy technology for truly transformative needs, rather than simply to keep systems operating.
What Types of Businesses Would Be Interested in a Converged Solution?
As it turns out, converged infrastructure solutions appeal to organizations of all sizes. Small and midsize organizations are showing considerable interest in converged solutions, as internal IT staff and resource limitations require them to find innovative ways to keep costs down and reduce complexity—while continuing to take advantage of sophisticated new infrastructure. The highly integrated nature of these solutions, and the typically lower capital expenditures required for the installation of new hardware, appeals to smaller organizations’ demand for cost efficiency and ease of deployment. Although the IT infrastructure at smaller organizations usually tends to be somewhat less complex than is the case in bigger organizations, their smaller internal IT resources make even moderately complex infrastructure challenges difficult to overcome.
By contrast, larger enterprises have bigger staffs and budgets, but also have many more demands. Their IT infrastructure is typically far more complex as a result of years—or even decades—of legacy hardware and software that may still be running essential enterprise workloads. Dealing with a maze of aging hardware and custom-designed software code is a huge problem even for large IT staffs, which makes converged infrastructure a very attractive alternative to reduce complexity.