Thinking of converting to a converged infrastructure and what that entails ? The following blog provides an introduction and a short checklist as to where to start in beginning your organization’s digital transformation.
The first place to start to transform to a digital first strategy entails a conversion of an existing dated infrastructure into a dynamic converged infrastructure. The process of taking your “As Is” of dated hardware, disparate systems, siloed clouds, multiple versions of software and databases and transform it to a new agile, business-ready infrastructure of the future of what you would like IT, support, systems, hardware, BPO and software to become.
The diagram below explains an overview of what a converged infrastructure consists of. The areas of storage, Cloud, BigData, Data Protection, Security, Content Management Professional Services and Advisory, Managed Services and Se-service tools create the framework for creating an infrastructure using a platform approach.
Some benefits of a Converged Infrastructure are:
- Manage Risk
- Reduce IT costs
- Allow for Business agility and facilitate org growth
- Streamline & Harmonize Business Processes & Admin
- Manage organizational content
- Provide Real-time data availability
- Improved QoS internal/external
- Single pane of glass management
- Reduce capital expenditure
- Increase efficiencies
Your organization must consider what objectives are to be achieved, what is the scope of the digital transformation makeover, what to include and not include. As can be seen here these are many of the major components to consider for a digital transformation software driven Data Center. These elements all have their own structure and substructure to consider as to what comprises each part of the puzzle. Vendors provide the breadth of portfolio, software, hardware and professional services to deliver the correct infrastructure for your organization.
Common Converged Infrastructure Components
As can be seen from the graphic above there are many components to consider when going through a digital transformation. Each area must be addressed and all the necessary components to achieve each piece of the puzzle. By assembling the multiple components a solid converged infrastructure can be created.
Below is a checklist of the major components and how they can be handled. Each line item represents the area to addressed, Place a checkmark in each box as to how that single component will be executed whether it is to Consolidate an area, system or process, whether it will be completed using Virtualization, will the process be automated or should it be used in Automation orchestration or whether the service will be on a Pay-Per-Use system. By completing this checklist, you will have a starting point on where to begin and what is involved in creating a digital transformation strategy to create a converged infrastructure.
Converged Infrastructure Checklist
|Converged Infrastructure Components||Consolidate||Virtualize||Automate||Pay-Per-Use|
|Professional & Advisory Services|
|Architecture – Hardware dependencies/Multi-modal/database/BPO|
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