Although converged infrastructure has been around for a while now, it’s still viewed by the data center community as the “young upstart” intent on disrupting legacy architectural models.
So, what makes converged infrastructure so enticing? As the Senior Systems Engineer and Red River’s resident converged expert, I can help provide an answer.
Suits Many Different Use Cases
Converged architectures, which combine compute, networking, storage into a unified and pre-tested platform, serve a broad range of applications, from standard server virtualization to secure deployment from remote locations and everything in between. Converged architecture allows organizations to fill in gaps in their operations, wherever they may lie. It can cut through the complexity of procuring, deploying and managing separate components or systems. It can also quickly reduce space, power and cooling costs in the data center.
At Red River, we deploy and integrate converged infrastructure based on what the client is trying to do. We examine what our customers have and what they need, and help them add other components into their architecture, with no adverse interruptions. Working closely with the clients, we show how to scale their converged infrastructure to incorporate various platforms, databases or whatever else they may need.
Achieves Longevity through Precise Scalability
By design, converged infrastructure provides organizations with the unique opportunity to scale up operations independent of each other.
Most businesses or government agencies are not interested in acquiring specific products that only do specific things. They’re interested in deploying a platform that allows them to grow and become modular, so they can put pieces in and take pieces out, software as much as hardware, to address changing requirements.
In a converged infrastructure, building up compute, for example, won’t mean adding on unnecessary networking components to further complicate matters. For organizations concerned about space and energy demands, a more calculated approach to technology integration with converged architecture also prevents cost and consumption overages.
I’ve spoken before about the benefits of centralized support converged infrastructure provides. Although a converged architecture may be comprised of components from different original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), data center professionals stuck troubleshooting won’t have to waste time performing preliminary diagnostics to determine exactly which component is the culprit and call the respective hotline.
When it comes to tech support, many heads are better than one. With a single 800-number, you’re employing support from three disparate OEMs to minimize finger pointing and speed problem resolution.
For more information on converged infrastructure, including why working with an experienced integrator is essential to success with converged infrastructure, please read the Red River ViewPoint Converged Infrastructure: One Size Does Not Fit All, (Link to https://www.redriver.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/rrv-viewpoint-Converged-Infrastructure-FlexPod.pdf)
About the Author:
Mickey Cullop is a Sr. Systems Engineer and confirmed Data Center Evangelist for Red River, a leading technology integrator that delivers best-in-class technology solutions and services to military, intelligence and civilian agencies and the companies that serve them. Mickey is the resident expert on the various Red River hardware applications with a true passion for discussing new technology trends and advancements.