Converged Data Centers – A Flexible, Integrated Architecture [Cisco]

Out of many, one.

The history of enterprise computing has been marked by compromises between scale and simplicity. As systems increased in scale, they also increased in complexity, and as complexity increased, so did the expense of deployment and ongoing management.

That’s why it’s hardly surprising that today more than 70 percent of IT budgets are spent simply maintaining and managing existing infrastructures. The result: IT organizations find themselves continually increasing the resources used to maintain their complex and inflexible infrastructures instead of using those resources to effectively respond to evolving business needs.

To add insult to injury, the downturn in the economy has put pressure on all enterprises to control IT costs even while business owners squeeze IT services to, you guessed it, do more with less.

Overcoming these IT hurdles requires first addressing and overcoming three overarching data center challenges: [Read more…]