The fast track to simplicity with converged infrastructure

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You know the saying “Hindsight is 20/20”?  Throughout my 30+ year career in the storage and compute market I’ve learned that there are lots of choices–across vendors, configurations and solutions.  Sometimes companies make the right choice the very first time, but too often they spend lots of time and money only to realize that more technology needs to be purchased to transform their business vision into a reality. With all the thousands upon thousands of technology choices, wouldn’t it be amazing if your IT infrastructure foresight could be 20/20?

Converged and integrated infrastructure will help you achieve this foresight, reducing complexity, delivering agility and saving on your IT costs.

The path to 20/20 IT foresight

Companies that have deployed converged and integrated infrastructure realize a multitude of critical benefits almost immediately upon deployment:

  • Designed for simplicity, converged and integrated solutions will be up and running much faster and more easily than conventional systems. Rigid or one-size-fits-all infrastructure was never the right approach to IT. Your company has unique needs–for growth, scale and flexibility. Converged and integrated infrastructure scales up in capacity, connectivity and speed while easily scaling out to support a growing multitude of workloads. Without this flexibility and versatility, infrastructures are doomed to be in silos and can prevent your organization from efficiently allocating resources and scaling workloads to meet your ever-increasing needs. Converged infrastructure provides faster application deployment and substantial savings in operating expenditure (OPEX) and capital expenditure (CAPEX) while delivering unparalleled reliability, availability and serviceability.
  • Simplicity leads to agility in operations and management. Simplicity should start from the moment of deployment, continue throughout the data migration process to the new system and enable your company to take advantage of easy-to-use technology. Integrated and intuitive management along with simpler support and maintenance enables agility, and it can truly shorten the time to move your business transformation forward. By removing IT infrastructure silos, you will increase productivity and business value.
  • Upfront investments should be recouped in a few months. Because you are looking to change the economics of your data center, the benefits realized from a converged and integrated infrastructure should far outstrip the associated costs of that system. These systems will provide your organization with the best price and performance, lowering your OPEX and CAPEX and reducing provisioning times. Rich capabilities such as scaling without limits and the ability to easily pool and access existing storage while assessing data compression will help you drive efficiency, support future growth and achieve significant economic benefits. Your return on investment will be measured in a matter of months, NOT years.

A game changer

The VersaStack solution–jointly developed by IBM and Cisco–provides converged and integrated infrastructure that delivers simplicity, agility and lowers costs in a typical use case. VersaStack supports business innovation that matters without breaking the bank. What may be surprising, however, is how fast your company will achieve a swift return on investment too. In that vein, a recent study by leading IT analyst firm ESG[ref]From the Economic Value Validation: Quantifying the Value of VersaStack, a Converged Infrastructure Solution by IBM and Cisco (April 2016)
• VersaStack scenario: In this scenario, the customer is using VersaStack—specifically a build with IBM Storwize V7000 and UCS standard—a reference architecture that combines Cisco UCS servers, networking, and systems-management capabilities (delivered by UCS Director) with IBM storage systems and that is delivered in a single chassis. ESG’s model takes into account the purchase price of the system components, maintenance costs, and related IT labor costs for planning, ordering, implementing, administering the system, and training.
• PMO scenario: In this scenario, the customer is using a comparable set of hardware and software components that are selected, installed, and configured manually by a systems integrator on the customer’s premises. ESG’s analysis assumes that the customer is using blade servers and SAN storage, and that the configuration will be clustered using 10 GB Ethernet switches and networking interfaces for server interconnects within the cluster, for SAN storage, and for external access to the servers.
[/ref] found that in typical deployments VersaStack:

  • Demonstrated a 293 percent return on investment with an incredible four-month payback period.
  • Resulted in an average of $2.4 million dollars in incremental business benefits over three years.
  • Reduced IT costs by 33 percent.

Read the full ESG report and learn how to change your data center from a cost center to a value driver providing you with 20/20 IT vision with the Economic Value Calculator.

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