”In Pakistan many talented young individuals are already working on the development and roll out of converged infrastructure, formulating innovative solutions that raise business excellence and client satisfaction. “
The use of Information Technology (IT) and Business computing is rapidly growing all over the globe, data centers are touching their limits in power, cooling, and space. Business demands are relentlessly changing; today IT faces more challenges than ever. The vast volume of data that IT systems are asked to store, manage, secure and analyze is growing exponentially. Customer-facing IT services drive wildly fluctuating capacity requirements. At the same time, capital constraints are requiring organizations to rethink data center strategy. Among other, converged infrastructure is one such option that offers a solution to these challenges. Converged infrastructure is the integration of compute, storage, networking and infrastructure management into an integrated system. Such a strategy can be used by IT organizations to centralize the management of IT resources, consolidate systems, increase resource utilization rates, and lower costs.
These objectives are enabled by the creation of pools of computers, storage and networking resources that can be shared by multiple applications and managed in a collective manner using policy driven processes.
Therefore to keep up with the fast pace of business in today’s world, data centers also need to be transformed. Companies from large multi-national enterprises to small office environments, are increasingly challenged with the prospect of delivering applications and IT services on demand to a flexible and evolving workforce. Because of this issue, Chief Information Officers of today are looking at converged infrastructure solutions as the key to rapidly deliver IT services, maximizing Data-Center efficiency, and strengthening overall service quality. In
What really makes converged infrastructure stand apart however is the ability to achieve quick time to value by rapidly configuring infrastructure to deliver desired workloads. This means that in addition to controlling server, storage and networking resources, the application which sits on top of that infrastructure should also be managed. With this approach, a vast amount of complexity is removed and businesses benefit from the ability to automate operations and service business requirements at the point of need by deploying reliable resources quickly.
Capabilities that result from automation reduce the costs, delays and potential errors associated with current manual processes. Automation makes it much easier to quickly bring together the compute, storage, and network resources necessary to provision a new application or service. It also allows the IT environment to respond automatically when an uptick in workload demand starts to create a performance bottleneck whether that bottleneck is in CPU cycles, server memory, storage I/O or network throughput. Just as important, automation allows resources to be released when they are no longer needed”minimizing the all-too-common phenomenon of wasted infrastructure capacity.
With this kind of convergence in play, the link between automation and efficiency is clear, and this new way of orchestrating workloads and addressing business challenges is increasingly sought after by large and small-to-medium businesses alike. That said, businesses require flexibility to effectively integrate converged infrastructure into existing IT environments and ensure that they are suited to individual business needs and workloads. As with any IT model, one-size-fits-all approaches can be limiting and so an analysis of each individualcircumstance should be completed before procurement processes begin.
Furthermore choosing the correct converged infrastructure platform is very important as it should be pre-optimized for a broad range of workloads, including analytical, unified communications, desktop virtualization and private cloud. This not only gives IT more agility to get systems up and running, but also lifts financial burdens with better total cost of ownership and lower operating expenses. In fact, when choosing any platform, IT managers should ensure the solution is backed with an open, standards-based approach. Without this, flexibility and interoperability cannot be achieved.
To sum it up we can say that converged infrastructure solutions may not necessarily be the answer for every organization but companies that have deployed converged infrastructure are already reaping the benefits of convergence and choosing platforms that are optimised for their most important workloads and applications. Top solution providers and organizations can look forward to providing solutions to help business achieve the benefits of converged infrastructure.
With this kind of convergence in play, the link between automation and efficiency is clear, and this new way of orchestrating workloads and addressing business challenges is increasingly sought after by large and small-to-medium businesses alike
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