Converged Infrastructure

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.

5 Reasons for Converged Infrastructure

  • You can gain essential advantages right away
  • You can start with what you have
  • Your enterprise urgently needs to free resources for innovation
  • You need to retain control of IT services
  • You have to be prepared for the unexpected

Business Drivers for Converged Infrastructure Solutions

Key business drivers include:

  • Lower Capex and Opex: Tightly integrated systems typically cost less money than custom-built solutions, and also cost less money to operate on an ongoing basis. Budget that would have been allocated to infrastructure procurement, integration, testing and deployment often can be used for other requirements. At the same time, maintenance and service contracts are usually less expensive because of the improved reliability of converged solutions. Additionally, converged solutions often take up a smaller physical footprint, saving money on data center real estate and, in many cases, power and cooling costs.
  • Faster time to value: Because converged solutions can be provisioned quicker, organizations can run their key workloads on new infrastructure and begin reaping the economic benefits faster as well. Workloads such as SAP, Oracle, virtual desktop infrastructure and business continuity are essential parts of how businesses operate. End-user demands are constantly pushing IT organizations to run those new workloads on newer and more efficient hardware. Deploying converged solutions lets those workloads take advantage of new infrastructure faster and more reliably because they have been pre-tested to ensure high performance levels and the ability to meet demanding service-level agreements (SLAs).
  • Availability and performance of important applications: One challenge with rolling out new infrastructure is ensuring that existing applications are fully compatible with the new hardware and run without performance degradation or availability problems. Pre-tested converged solutions take the guesswork out of applications compatibility and performance assurance.

Teaming with Cold Creek on Converged Infrastructure Solutions

Cold Creek’s most significant skill in delivering converged solutions is identifying the business value those systems provide. For some clients, that value may be the ability to reduce capital expenditures on IT infrastructure. For others, it may be installing higher-performance, modernized equipment that improves reliable access to applications and data. We understand how to identify each customer’s specific business need that can be met by converged infrastructure—and customize the configuration accordingly.

Cold Creek does the legwork by identifying the best solutions within each vendor’s offerings, since there are a large and growing number of options available. Although many well-known infrastructure vendors offer converged solutions, don’t rule out smaller competitors that may have unique functionality (and perhaps even better economic value) in their solutions. We pay close attention to solutions that are purpose-built for virtualized environments, since the vast majority of customers now have adopted virtualization to at least some degree. Finally, we to understand and can demonstrate tangible economic and operational benefits to the customer by adopting converged infrastructure.

Rapidly changing business priorities create challenges for CIOs. As more companies seek to deploy increasingly complex and distributed IT infrastructure that spans private, public and hybrid clouds, CIOs can benefit from a new way of deploying their IT systems. Solutions based on converged infrastructure are the next step in the evolution of the data center. Consisting of pre-validated and tested components from our strategic partners, these solutions deliver workload optimization and simplify the design, deployment, and ongoing management of business-critical systems. By evolving the data center with integrated infrastructure, enterprises can deploy and scale applications faster to drive the revenue side of the business while reducing risk and TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) at the same time.