Why You Should Consider a Converged Infrastructure
I have been a car guy all my life, responsible for not only one, but two full frame restorations of classic 1960s Pony cars. During the builds, I took an enormous amount of time and energy researching the various parts and components that I wanted for my tricked-out ride. Because of the infinite combinations available, I could transform my custom car into a number of specialty automobiles that performed particularly well in one aspect, but at the expense of another.
Being young at the time, I didn’t concern myself with what I was committing myself to and gladly endured both the financial and time burden that my automotive choice placed on my life. Truth be told, I never really could get the carburetor working correctly with my intake manifold. Both of my custom creations ran poorly during the winter months.
Now that I am older and wiser, I understand that the “custom” car will always have a place in my life, but not that of my daily car. For this, I need something entirely different. I need something that uniformly fulfills the most number of frequently needed functions equally well. I need something that is reliable and has the lowest cost of operation. I need something that doesn’t consume my weekends troubleshooting things like fuel and ignition troubles. I need something that has a full network of certified engineers and mechanics that can help me keep my car in top running shape.
There are similar needs and requirements in the IT infrastructure world, where specialty workloads will continue to require custom platform solutions, while our everyday generic computing workloads will happily reside on driver converged infrastructures.
A converged infrastructure:
- Simplifies your data center and data center management strategy
- Consolidates leading platform, storage, networking and virtualization technologies into a single unified system
- Leverages deep technical knowledge pools to acquire best of breed, pre-engineered and validated solutions quickly and efficiently
- Organically grows and scales with your business
- Accelerates your IT infrastructure to better service the business and its requirements
- Leverages automation and orchestration tools to “Cloud Enable” your business
- Allows you to shift your IT organization from low-value operations to high-value innovation
There are also down-sides to a converged infrastructure solution which include:
- Limited infrastructure choices to tested configurations
- The inability to factor in unique applications
- Inflexibility for very small compute environments
The decision to leverage converged infrastructure for your business really comes down to identifying your business requirements and leveraging the best: either converged, custom or both for your infrastructure needs and requirements. The ideal scenario exploits the benefits of both approaches, while minimizing the impact by reducing or expanding each platform choice as required. What needs and requirements does your company have? Please take a moment to fill out our contact form and a member of our team will respond to you shortly.
In the meantime, does anyone have experience tuning a four-barrel carburetor/high rise intake manifold setup for a 351 Windsor engine? I still can’t seem to get it running right.