The objective of a converged infrastructure (CI) is essentially to ease and optimise the management, monitoring, automation and scalability of your IT infrastructure by grouping the components into a single manageable collection.The outcome delivers reduced management overhead, enhanced integration and an ability to employ a modular approach to scaling — adding or upgrading compatible and ‘convergeable’ components as required.
Achieving a single management interface for the entire infrastructure drives efficiencies as it is less time consuming than managing systems through multiple toolsets. This then requires less upskilling and actually enables higher levels of expertise on the chosen CI platform.
Developing a converged infrastructure for your organisation requires a clear assessment and understanding of the existing infrastructure and its components, in order to effectively align with a CI platform. Even replacing a recently procured SAN may be cost effective in the long run if a suitable alternative can ensure all of the elements within the infrastructure align with your converged platform strategy.
Typically, a CI aligns with a single vendor or at least a reduction in vendors. However, this is not always a realistic option. Tools such as Microsoft’s System Center Suite deliver end to end monitoring, deployment, back-ups, and automation etc. within a consolidated set of management and administration tools, helping to achieve an effective CI strategy.
Ultimately, a hyper-converged infrastructure delivers the highest levels of optimisation as these are purpose-built environments rather than a managed collection of converge-able components – think of a preconfigured rack containing all of the compute, networking and storage requirements that scales seamlessly by adding components or racks.
Ergo deploy Converged and Hyper-Converged infrastructure solutions tailored to meet our customer requirements, ensuring success and realising real business outcomes.
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