Servers are more powerful than ever and are also under more pressure. Because they are typically used in virtualized and cloud environments, today’s servers are often used to near capacity and may be running a wide number of mission-critical applications.
For the IT organization, the more that IT staff members know about the health and status of their physical servers, the more successfully they can deliver the highest levels of availability and the most consistent levels of performance for business-critical applications in highly virtualized environments.
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Converged infrastructures give IT departments another important tool in gaining real-time insight into performance and optimization throughout the lifecycle of each server, from discovery and inventory all the way through to decommissioning.
While there have been a wide range of innovations and tools available to enhance server management, there are specific advantages to conducting server provisioning and management within a converged infrastructure platform such as Dell Active Infrastructure. Among the benefits:
Eliminate the server silo: One of the challenges with current data centers is that they have built-in inefficiencies that go back many generations. There have typically been separate teams for compute resources, storage and networks. These teams make separate purchases and have separate management platforms, and they don’t always work in concert with one another. The concept of a converged infrastructure is to combine compute, storage and network resources into a single entity or solution so they can be coordinated and managed from a centralized platform.
Manage servers in context of the entire infrastructure: The proliferation of virtualization and cloud computing is creating a fundamental shift in IT from an infrastructure-centric resource to a service-centric resource. Converged infrastructure is an enabler of this shift. By centralizing management of the entire infrastructure under one platform, IT can look at servers in the context of how successfully they are working in concert with the storage and network resources to deliver the right performance to the right workloads and applications. This more holistic view of the servers gives IT decision makers more valuable insight into where they may—or may not—need more powerful servers. Problems that may previously have been diagnosed as having to do with the servers may actually reside within the storage or network infrastructures. Better, faster and more accurate insight saves IT time and money, and helps ensure higher levels of service quality.
Servers are no longer islands of compute power serving the needs of individual groups or applications. They are part of a broader and highly virtualized infrastructure whose mission is to serve a wide range of workloads and applications. Using a converged infrastructure platform as a tool to manage servers in concert with storage and networks is a modern approach that will help any organization achieve its goals of better performance, enhanced agility and improved cost efficiencies. To learn more, visit http://www.dell.com/sharedinfrastructure.
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