We all know that data makes the world go round, and the amount of data only gets bigger. Everywhere we turn, data is collected, whether it’s a credit card company, your favorite online gadget store, your doctor’s office or your personal lawyer’s office—not to mention data within your own company.
If you work at a small or growing business, you know that as you see more success, your data grows, as do your technology needs. Most likely you need more storage capacity, better analytics, better quality and more advanced apps. The more data, the more complexity. The more complexity, the harder it is to manage, scale and serve your customers while keeping costs low.
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A converged infrastructure can consolidate various IT components without the need to buy new systems. Existing systems can stay, and your data quality can improve. But who will do this? Do you have the staff? The time?
New technology keeps coming, and for good reason. A converged infrastructure can help you stay on top of data, keeping your systems running at all times. It allows you to manage your IT department and other important issues by simplifying IT and allowing for easier management and scalability. There’s no need to allocate specific staff members to managing disparate systems, which inevitably requires more time (and people) to upgrade and configure systems.
For example, managing tasks such as deploying software applications or installing new servers and disk storage systems can take significantly less time with a converged infrastructure. Increased workloads require more storage and demands on the network. A solid, pre-integrated converged solution allows IT to run powerful workloads while consolidating servers, storage hardware, networking and software apps into a private cloud, freeing up staff time that would normally be spent on configuration and deployment. IT staff can work on what’s truly necessary by simplifying the basic tasks that take up valuable time.
One of those necessary tasks that IT needs to worry about is scalability. Data is coming and going at lightning-fast speeds. Depending on your business, network bandwidth and data storage can suddenly spike, and downtime is not an option. Is your architecture flexible enough to allow for additional servers at a moment’s notice? Can you add storage capacity easily? You certainly don’t want to find out your existing infrastructure can’t support increased workloads just when you need the added support.
And if that’s not enough to think about, don’t forget about the energy concerns that come with disparate systems. Networking, disk storage systems and servers use a significant amount of power. Consolidating them in a converged infrastructure uses less power, thus contributing to the overall cost of ownership.
The bottom line: Take control of your workloads before they take control of you.