Even with the latest infrastructure technology, IT departments must continue to support applications running in both bare-metal and virtualized environments. This causes a few problems for IT managers including:
- Staggering growth means complex infrastructures need to become more efficient to adapt dynamically to workload demands and use servers, storage, networking and power optimally.
- Manual assembly requires time consuming, error-prone support for every step from server refresh to cloud computing for siloed, hierarchical, point-to-point infrastructures.
- Multiple switching layers and fragmented management tools make it difficult to observe, manage, debug network traffic and support the latest applications that can leverage on-premise, private cloud and off-premise resources.
- Administrator productivity suffers when rushed to configure new servers to keep up with scale. Also, operations often take up more time than is spent on strategic planning.
Before you rip-and-replace, have you considered a converged infrastructure?