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Converged infrastructure is indeed a game-changer, and succeeds in achieving high levels of energy efficiency, superior manageability, and lower cap-ex as a result of increased density and a smaller footprint requirement

Nitin Phadnis, national manager, Server marketing, Dell india

Converged Infrastructure is a data centre design that combined with intelligent infrastructure management optimizes a company's data centre for better performance. Converged Infrastructure (CI) has met resistance early on due to a mistaken perception of risk and expenditure of adopting a technology that was new.

The delta that exists between the perceived risk and the reality of CI implementation and robustness prevented some organizations from moving to CI. With the economic downturn, and resulting shrinkage of IT budgets most companies had been shy of making any further investments in their IT systems.

However, the reality remains that converged infrastructure is indeed a game-changer, and succeeds in achieving high levels of energy efficiency, superior manageability, and lower cap-ex as a result of increased density and a smaller footprint requirement.

Any enterprise planning a major infrastructure deployment would do well to consider a CI environment. Organizations realize now that they are able to leverage a converged infrastructure and service automation to decrease the testing window, accelerate system refreshes and enable the rapid deployment of new environments.

Organizations have also realized additional cost savings and efficiencies by using a single scalable infrastructure platform to support both development and production requirements for a wide range of applications, including private clouds, virtual desktops, Microsoft applications and SAP environments.

Converged infrastructure is gaining importance now for the simple reason that it has the ability to improve agility, efficiency and IT service quality while not hampering the organization's IT budget by much. Convergence is an effective approach for companies that face problems like managing trade-offs and insufficient budgets to deliver critical business initiatives to name a few.

In the instance of Texmo industries, a market leader in the electric motor and agricultural pump industry, system performance and user efficiency was of the essence. They managed to achieve this with a centralized storage solution and intelligent data management. With the assistance of converged infrastructure in their IT structure Texmo was able to improve both partner and customer satisfaction through providing fast, reliable billing processes and a high performing company web portal that could meet the demands of heavy users.

Further, converged infrastructure solutions provides benefits like reduced cost of running applications, faster infrastructure deployments, simplicity and speed of management and improved time-to-value for application and cloud deployments. Companies often face various trade-offs when new applications are deployed or when the companies support new IT initiatives.

The obstacles that might be encountered are closed architectures, vendor-lock-in, custom integration from multiple vendors or steep learning curves among others. While most solutions on the market focus on the infrastructure alone convergence is much more - it is a strategic approach that touches every part of IT: infrastructure, operations, applications and service.
With an ideal convergence solution, companies can respond more rapidly to business needs, maximize efficiency in the data center and IT teams, and strengthen IT service quality. Thus, converged infrastructure is the next thing to efficiently addressing current and future IT requirements.

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