Research Report: The Virtual Public Sector

Special Report

CONVERGED SYSTEMS: GAINING STEAM

Government IT managers are beginning to see the value in converged systems for some of their workloads. They are finding that they not only save money and reduce complexity, but help IT better align with agency priorities. Converged infrastructure can increase application availability, centralize and simplify management, enable rapid provisioning of new systems and virtual machines, lower operation and maintenance costs, improve visibility and control, and reduce hardware footprint. By centralizing branch systems and data on a converged infrastructure, branch offices can more easily maintain and control their server, storage and networking infrastructure in a single appliance.

With a converged system, an IT department only has to add its own applications and a hypervisor such as VSphere to create a complete converged infrastructure. This modular, standardized infrastructure can easily be scaled up and deployed to new locations or workloads as needed. It increases automation of traditionally time-consuming tasks.
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A hyper-converged infrastructure provides compute, networking and storage from one vendor, full pre-tested and configured for the intended workload. It includes the hypervisor, and uses software to eliminate the need for external storage. Inclusion of the hypervisor is critical. It can abstract all underlying resources—a major key to efficiency.
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At its core, a converged infrastructure should simplify IT. In addition, it should include comprehensive monitoring, security administration and IT management activities. It should also include tools to analyze potential failures and performance impacts and conduct root cause analysis. Other must-haves include automated patching and updates.
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Converged infrastructure can provide more efficiency and automation in the tasks necessary to keep IT up and running. It allows a simpler, scalable, flexible, secure and modular approach to IT infrastructure. Converged infrastructure means simplified management, greater efficiency, lower cost, reduced risk and is an enabler of modernization.
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The data center of the future will be fully virtualized, automated, software-driven and cloud-focused. It will also take advantage of convergence to a great extent, with hyper-converged infrastructure becoming the norm in many cases. Many believe converged infrastructure will play a large role in the data center of the future.
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