New types of applications, workloads, and user demands require greater levels of optimization. This means ensuring resources are available when both the users and the business require them. As a solution provider, it’s important to ensure that your customers have the best possible compute experiences. This is where the value of convergence can have a direct impact.
The Basic Value Proposition
Convergence changes the way data center resources are deployed and utilized, allowing solution providers to design infrastructures capable of growth while controlling the amount of hardware being deployed. Network, storage, and compute resources are all aligned and utilized very efficiently with the help of powerful, easy-to-use infrastructure management capabilities. Architecture designs allow you to centralize the control plane and simplify the management of all your customers’ workloads. Here are the benefits to your customers in time savings, and lowering CAPEX and OPEX. With converged systems, you can:
- Shorten the time to acquire new systems as configurations are pre-defined, pre-engineered, and factory integrated.
- Speed the time to value: pre-integrated system take hours or days to install rather than weeks or months.
- Lower the cost of ongoing operations with increased efficiency via a centralized system management and reporting software.
- Increase the up-time. Since the factory-integrated systems have less chance of human error when deployed, they have higher up-time. And if a problem occurs, they are easier to troubleshoot and resolve since converged systems are known configurations right down to the firmware version.
The Value of Convergence to Specific Workloads
With new workload-specific converged systems, you can extend the value to align your customers’ business models to the capabilities of their data center. Converged infrastructure integrates critical resources that can be optimized for a specific type of workload (e.g. cloud, business intelligence, big data, desktop virtualization, graphics, and more). With direct hypervisor and data center integration, you can enable an integrated environment with direct visibility into the resource and application layer. Convergence allows you to optimize customer resources while still distributing workloads to the cloud and beyond.
Cloud and Web-Scale Economics
As a solution provider, being able to adapt quickly to changing business requirements is critical for success in the modern IT market. The only way to ensure this is by creating a data center that can allow web-scale capabilities (i.e. a way to architect IT systems for enterprise that incorporates the best elements of public cloud). Modern converged systems allow solution providers to help their customers quickly onboard new users, deploy new applications, and scale directly into a hybrid cloud. Not only does this accelerate go-to-market strategies for new services, it also shifts the economics – enabling cloud scalability at lower costs.
Big Data Analytics
Customers need to create real insights from their data warehouses in conjunction with data sourced from outside the organization. When conducting the actual analytics, converged systems can be optimized to crunch the data fast and efficiently to provide fast responses to queries. For example, Hewlett Packard Enterprise makes ConvergedSystem solutions for SAP HANA, which are loaded with extensive amount of memory because HANA conducts the number crunching “in-memory”. These have up to 24 terabytes of memory in a single rack and scales out to multiple enclosures totaling 96 TB of RAM! This could allow a company to say to their customers’ things like, “What time today would you like your genome map?” Or, “Yes, we can find that needle in a haystack in your hi-res satellite photo of Tajikistan.”
The future of the data center is closely tied to greater operational efficiency and more responsive service delivery. That’s why the architecture for a next-generation data center revolves so heavily around convergence. Those solution providers who can deliver converged infrastructure solutions will be well positioned to support new cloud and data center approaches and provide the best resource delivery model to help their customers support their diverse user base and rapidly changing workload needs. And workload-specific converged systems provide you with use cases to make convergence more tangible to the stakeholders at your customers.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise is a leading provider of converged infrastructure solutions. HPE ConvergedSystems combine server, storage, networking and services in one simple package to help partners and their customers address the growing complexity and high cost of operating and maintaining enterprise data centers. For more information, visit www.AvnetFlexibleFusion.com.