With a converged infrastructure, any voice, data, or video is able to be sent through the same IP network. With this type of infrastructure, computer networking becomes much easier and efficient. In comparison with infrastructure sprawl, converged infrastructure allows for endless possibilities. Infrastructure sprawl prevents a business from being able to further innovate.
With all of the technological changes taking place today, it is important to look at how everything was setup in the past. A few decades ago, everything was setup in a singular fashion, but this then turned into different networking and storage systems. Management systems were then developed to properly control everything that was coming into use. In order to break down these systems, converged infrastructure was developed. This basically covers everything that several components used to need to cover in the past.
Overall, converged infrastructure is the mapping blueprint for the data centers that can replace outdated IT systems. This system consists of a converging server, and storage and networks managed through a common source. All of these systems being intact allows for maximized simplicity that allows for continued success of the business.
The system supports core virtualization across most layers in a stack – ranging from the network, storage, or server. It is up to the consumer to decide if they wish to have this core virtualization, for running infrastructure in a no virtualized environment is perfectly fine as well.
These infrastructure systems are determined to be strong applications that can offer a single machine-high availability or a global mission to critical availability. Someone can literally be running their data across different continents that are replicated in orders to offer unquestionably fast power. Modern IT users benefit by having their changing business model needs fulfilled and by positively affecting savings.
Consumers will be able to purchase as little or as much infrastructure as they wish to. There really will not be a lot of proprietary lock-ins for the consumers. This also means that the converged infrastructure will be left as open as possible. There is the freedom for consumers to replace the infrastructure. There will be no errors in the system, for the infrastructure doesn’t work manually like other systems. Since the converged infrastructure is modular, a user can grow their business based on previous smaller pieces.
This kind of infrastructure was really a huge research investment, and it is now paying off. Since it was developed for more than ten years, it will surely be a smart investment. Different models will be coming out as the system improves over the years, but this does not affect the effectiveness of the previous models.
The redesigns and final designs for these systems were based upon several important industry standards. This then required even more research and labor. The end product is something that is very new, yet vital in the technical industry. In all, the result is a very simple solution – converged infrastructure with very open standards.