Some manufacturers have developed converged offerings that make the deployment of server compute, networking and storage resources more streamlined by pre-integrating each component into a rack enclosure. While this reduces deployment time, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the ongoing operational management of the solution will be any easier than when each device was separately sourced and integrated by the end-user.
Click to register for the upcoming webinar “Is Convergence Right For You? 4 Questions To Ask”
The cost of management is often difficult to quantify but for small to medium sized businesses with limited IT staffs, operational simplicity is usually a critically important element for adopting a solution. Increasingly, IT administrators are being asked to develop knowledge and expertise across a broad swath of disciplines – from server virtualization and networking to storage management and data protection. In short, many organizations can’t afford to have a dedicated IT server, networking or storage admin. This means that infrastructure management simplicity is key.
But are converged solutions the answer to this management dilemma? As always, the answer is “it depends”. It depends on whether or not the manufacturer has simply thrown a bunch of previously siloed components into a box or if they have designed a solution built from the ground up to be managed as a cohesive unit. In other words, all day-to-day operational functions should be managed from a single, integrated interface. IT admins ideally should be able to deploy virtual machines with all the requisite compute, networking and storage assets with a few simple mouse clicks from that same interface. And if the solution is intuitive enough, it won’t require administrators to go offsite for a week to learn how to manage the system. Instead, they could figure it all out with light “over the shoulder” training in a matter of hours.
To learn what questions to ask about how difficult it is to manage a converged infrastructure solution, join the upcoming Storage Switzerland webinar on Tuesday, October 21st at 1pm, “Is Convergence Right For You? 4 Questions To Ask”.
By pre-registering for this webinar, we will send you an exclusive Storage Switzerland report, “Virtualization Made Simple With Hyperconverged Infrastructure” in advance of the webinar.
Why Attend StorageSwiss Webinars?
- Our webinars are high quality, informational and interactive! You won’t have slides read to you!
- We consistently get 5 star ratings
- Most webinars include an EXCLUSIVE Storage Switzerland White Paper or Report
- One registration gives you access to 80+ on-demand webinars without having to re-register