How to Leverage Converged Infrastructure
I was recently asked a great question by one of my customers they wanted to know "How best can organisations leverage converged infrastructure to reduce complexity and retain manageability in their IT environments?"
These days, everything in IT seems to be mobile, connected, interactive, seamless and with a ‘right-now’ requirement to be up and running. To keep up with these demands, organisations need to implement cost-effective infrastructures that give them the flexibility to scale up or down at a moment’s notice – all the while, keeping costs at a minimum.
By converging their IT infrastructures, organisations can deliver greater speed and agility to their end-users as they move away from the old ‘technology silo’ mentality of assigning physical pieces of hardware to individual applications and IT services.
As an example of how converged infrastructure solutions are already changing how we manage our IT, remember back to only a few years ago when organisations would purchase a specific physical server to take the role of hosting a line-of-business application. If the business had a large number of applications that IT needed to manage, chances were that each application had their own physical server assigned – which was then racked into cabinets inside the datacentre. If redundancy for network connectivity was needed, then multiple physical network connections and messy cables also required consideration.
It’s easy to see why back then, that datacentres for even medium-sized organisations became complex and costly to manage due to the large number of physical hardware that had to be maintained.
Step forward to today and those same organisations would instead probably only need to purchase a very small number of physical servers, assign those servers as clustered virtualisation hosts, then design a converged infrastructure implementation around them. This new design would host multiple virtual server instances with each one running their own line-of-business application at a fraction of the cost and with a better performance and high-availability story too.