Guest Column | July 3, 2013

Look Before You Leap: Understanding Converged Infrastructure Approaches, Models & Challenges

By Andy Rhodes, Executive Director, Converged Infrastructure Solutions, Dell

The speed of business today is giving rise to a transformation of the data center. Traditional IT infrastructure silos create bottlenecks that cripple quality of service and increase operational costs due to slower workload deployment and more room for error. Simply put, it can take too long to design, procure, deploy and integrate new IT infrastructure, and there are too many tools needed to manage it.

The pressure for change has never been greater. Increasingly, CIOs are looking to converged infrastructure solutions as a key to rapidly deliver IT services, maximize data center efficiency and strengthen IT service quality. In fact, Gartner estimates, “By 2015, one-third of all servers will ship as managed resources integrated in a converged infrastructure.”1

Convergence, which combines compute, storage, networking and infrastructure management into an integrated system, is a strategy used by organizations to accelerate IT service deployment, increase efficiency and strengthen IT service quality  by making the data center simpler, more flexible and more cost-effective.  These objectives are enabled by breaking down rigid, complex IT silos within the data center and transforming infrastructure into dynamic pools of server, storage and networking resources that can be shared by multiple applications and managed collectively using automated, policy-driven processes.

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