Converged Infrastructure Platforms Overview
What is Converged Infrastructure?
Converged infrastructure breaks down traditional IT infrastructure silos by providing pre-configured bundles of hardware and software in a single chassis. Converged infrastructure packages compute, networking, and storage together and links them using software. Other names for this approach to infrastructure are “unified computing” or “datacenter in a box”.
Converged infrastructure helps businesses to minimize compatibility issues, simplify vendor management, and lower costs. Converged infrastructure eliminates the difficulty of provisioning servers, storage, and applications, which requires teams of people and a lot of time.
When compute, storage, and networking are combined into a pool of shared, pre-configured resources, they can be up and running in a data center in a matter of hours.
Beyond Converged InfrastructureAfter infrastructure convergence, the next step is “hyper-converged Infrastructure” where instead of being separate components engineered to work well together, hyper-converged systems are modular appliances sold by a single vendor – usually commodity hardware boxes - containing both computing, virtualization, and storage resources which can be added together for simple scaling.
Features & Capabilities
All in one Infrastructure Package
Reduced Storage Expenses
Reduced Operating Expenses
Single Console Management
Converged Infrastructure Comparison
When comparing different Converged Infrastructure offerings, consider the following.
Services included: Some converged infrastructures include the basics for making IT infrastructures “cloud-ready” including storage and networking, while others provide additional features. If your business is looking for more than the essentials, make sure you check what each offering includes.
Security Features: Converged infrastructure solutions include storage and networking features that facilitate the transfer of data. If your business makes use of sensitive data it is important to think about security features offered by converged infrastructure solutions you are considering.
Compatibility: Converged Infrastructures include packages of products that are built to work well together. If your business has other systems that exist outside this infrastructure, however, it is important to consider how they can be integrated with the converged infrastructure solutions you are considering.