Some IT experts believe that the best way to survive any business crisis is to avoid it altogether. For them, the right data center technology will help companies transform their IT infrastructure into an on-demand environment. As a result of this huge transformation, companies can maximize their resources and increase revenues.
Enter Converged infrastructure or CI, is an approach to data center management that features pre-integrated, vendor-certified systems. Converged Infrastructure may include system servers, data storage, networking equipment, and system management software.
Today’s companies, ranging from small businesses to large corporations, use converged infrastructure to centralize and automate the management of IT resources, consolidate IT resources (hardware, software, and networking equipment), increase resource-utilization rates, and reduce operational and maintenance costs.
Converged Infrastructure addresses IT silos by pooling and sharing IT resources closely to ensure optimal resource use for predefined applications. It reduced the burden of setting up and managing networks, servers, storage, and software applications for data-driven businesses. It provides both technical and business efficiencies and further contributes to efficient data centers by enhancing the ability of IT systems to handle massive data growth, using only a single integrated management system.
Benefits of Converged Infrastructure
Converged Infrastructure is now making its way into the data center space, by creating the server, network, and storage blocks of infrastructure, today’s data centers can benefit in a number of ways including:
1. Simplified data center management
2. Lower operational and maintenance costs
3. Less moving parts or fewer touch points to manage and troubleshoot.
4. Faster provisioning and quick deployment.
5. Faster IT response
6. Easier scaling and greater elasticity
7. Greater resource utilization
8. Single support point
9. A shorter and easier path to on-demand services or private cloud solutions
10. Faster path to 100Gbs.
11. Great control and flexibility
12. Seamless delivery of IT services
14. Extract more value from information
15. Reduced business exposure and risk
16. Cost efficiency and more predictable operational costs.
Of course, Converged Infrastructure also comes with drawbacks. Here are the following disadvantages:
1. Increased complexity
2. Vendor reliance or lock-in
Converged Infrastructure has become an increasingly popular data center solution, with major IT companies throwing tons of money into Converged Infrastructure solutions. There is no doubt that its future looks bright.
According to Market Data Forecast, the global Converged Infrastructure (CI) market reached $4.24 billion in 2020 and is projected to hit $51.36 billion by 2026. This represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 31.5 percent from 2021 to 2026. The major forces driving the global Converged Infrastructure market are the escalating call to improvise IT operational efficiency, reduce the cost of IT deployment, improve data protection, and the increasing demand for cloud-based Converged Infrastructure solutions.
Finally, Converged Infrastructure promises to do for infrastructure management what software did for applications development—business agility, lower total cost, achieve complete automation, and increased infrastructure efficiency and performance.
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