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Top 10 Benefits of Converged Infrastructure

Convergence has long been a priority for the data center. Using virtualization technologies, server convergence has empowered data centers to serve greater user needs while still living with few and fewer available resources.

Now, it’s time for infrastructure convergence to make its way into the data center. By creating server/network/storage blocks of infrastructure, today’s data center can benefit in a number of ways, including:

1. A simpler management infrastructure. By centralizing the management of server, network and storage, there is a natural streamlining of day-to-day maintenance. This means less personnel, less training, and a knowledge base that doesn’t have to be as deep, freeing up your valuable IT resources for more important tasks.

2. A shortcut to 100 Gig. The common fabrics and protocols that are built into data center converged infrastructure make it much simpler and faster to upgrade to 100Gbs.

3. Lower costs in the data center. You’re going to need fewer single-use components and you’re going to have fewer components overall. That means fewer components to manage, fewer components to troubleshoot, and an overall reduction in the data center footprint.

4. Fewer moving parts. Having fewer components not only means you reduce data center costs, it also means there are fewer touch points. That means fewer individual vendors, and streamlined maintenance.

5. Faster provisioning. Converged infrastructure means that deploying new solutions is faster and easier than ever before. A three week provisioning time can be reduced to less than an hour.

6. Scalability and elasticity. Convergence means that the entire data center capacity can be adjusted quickly and in line with the demand coming from the user base.

7. Faster IT response. Being able to respond to changes in the marketplace or to changes in business priorities is critical, and converged infrastructure helps IT to do just that.

8. Easier path to the private cloud. Converged infrastructure makes it easier for an organization to implement private cloud solutions.

9. Less siloing of IT teams. This means the need for fewer overall IT resources, and more knowledge and cross-training across the enterprise.

10. Greater control. Perhaps the most significant benefit of converged infrastructure is the fact that control is now in one place and management for multiple functions and devices can occur simultaneously.

Converged infrastructure can benefit most organizations greatly.

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