Overhead cable trays run along the aisles between colocation cages in one of Equinix's Silicon Valley data centers (Photo: Equinix)

Overhead cable trays run along the aisles between colocation cages in one of Equinix's Silicon Valley data centers (Photo: Equinix)

Converging the Data Center Infrastructure: Why and How

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The modern infrastructure has advanced beyond the standard server. Now, with BYOD, IT consumerization, cloud computing and big data – there is a greater reliance on the data center than ever before. More organizations are looking for way to optimize their data enter environments in an effort to meet industry demands. Through advanced technologies including virtualization, and high-density computing – your company can revisit the data center infrastructure conversation.  This means planning around new platforms which are not only capable of handling current computing needs, but future growth demands as well.

According to the white paper:

IDC finds that higher utilization of IT assets and operational efficiency — which results from running more virtual machines on new-generation servers — reaches a plateau and often levels out at a certain point. This happens because the shift to virtualized servers often leads to strains in other areas of the infrastructure:

  • Virtual server sprawl increases server/storage/network stress and the accompanying administrative burdens required to deal with this stress. This makes support/maintenance more challenging and threatens application performance.
  • Handling this anticipated pressure by overloading/overprovisioning storage and data network facilities forces time-consuming, costly, and often unnecessary hardware upgrades.
  • Application performance and recovery behaviors (data recovery and cleanup) on error conditions can vary unexpectedly, stalling plans to migrate more business critical applications to virtual environments.

There is no question that the IT landscape will continue to evolve. As companies face a future in which they will need to deploy and effectively use hundreds, thousands, and even tens of thousands of server (and/or desktop) application instances in a virtual environment, they should consider deploying optimally (e.g., densest, greenest, simplest) configured converged infrastructure systems (server, storage, network) that are managed as unified IT assets.

In this white paper done by IDC and sponsored by VCE, you will learn about the interesting research done with five organizations. The research revolves around research with five companies that have implemented Vblock Infrastructure Platforms. According to the research in this white paper, VCE shows substantial business benefits associated with IT convergence and improved asset sharing.

IDC and VCE results also indicate reduced IT costs per unit of workload, faster deployment, and reduced downtime. These organizations reported reducing calendar time for deployment of new infrastructure from five weeks to one week and reducing staff time to configure/test/deploy by 75%. Download this whitepaper to learn how your environment can benefit from a new converged infrastructure. This includes learning how to utilize the reduction in infrastructure hardware costs and IT staff time to manage operations – which will not only lower the average annual datacenter cost but also help increase efficiency and scalability.

About the Author

Bill Kleyman is a veteran, enthusiastic technologist with experience in data center design, management and deployment. His architecture work includes virtualization and cloud deployments as well as business network design and implementation. Currently, Bill works as the National Director of Strategy and Innovation at MTM Technologies, a Stamford, CT based consulting firm.

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