Infrastructure convergence is the grouping of several IT components into one computer package. With several possible components (servers, networking equipment, data storage centers, and software), there are also several different types of convergence. Take a look at the three current options. With more information, you may be better able to determine which option is best for your situation.
This convergence method is based on the traditional rack-mounted server situation. However, with a move toward virtualization, the modern blade-and-chassis environment is markedly different. Users are now able to tie directly into fabric interconnects. Users can create their own hardware and service profiles. These powerful systems maintain their agility but come with a hefty price tag. A high-end architecture, although expensive, might be the best option for large service providers with many different resources and hundreds or thousands of racks.
This type of grouping is a node-based unit with both storage and computing equipment in one location, sometimes called an appliance. When consumers want to expand, they simply add another node. This offers a lot of versatility and some financial savings as big workloads can be merged into smaller infrastructure nodes. Who would benefit the most from this type of setup? Users are often mid-sized organizations looking for a way to offload VDI and move toward a price-conscious option. Of course, the converged infrastructure is easy to upgrade, so downsizing initially won’t prevent an organization from growing in the future.
While the other two groupings rely heavily on the hardware, this infrastructure converges all of the components of data processing in one single computer layer. The benefits are simplified storage, easier networking, and an abstract, software-controlled process. The hardware stack can be custom built or modified without fear of damaging the infrastructure. This could lead naturally to some important financial savings. A vital part of this hyper-converged virtual appliance is the hypervisor. The hypervisor allows control of resources, API integration, and the convergence of compute, storage, and networking all in one device. Users of this system may be those organizations that are growing rapidly with the need for quick changes, usage growth, and new additions.
Focus on an Agile Infrastructure
Is it possible that hardware stacks will go the way of the floppy disk? As this hardware becomes condensed and abstracted, it may be possible. If data, VMs, and applications are able to move quickly and easily from data centers to the cloud and among many users, the future of data centers will continue to evolve. As businesses rely more and more on data centers, the drive for change is sure to remain constant.