If you want the data center of tomorrow, you have to start somewhere today.
While a converged infrastructure allows CIOs to lower IT management costs and speed implementation and deployment of new services, those benefits may be too nebulous to support a funding request for a complete infrastructure overhaul all at once. A better strategy is to look for building blocks, and introduce them one at a time. Savvy CIOs looking for a solid starting point are taking an application-centric view of their data centers, choosing a specific, mission-critical application and introducing a pre-integrated converged architecture for that workload into their data centers as a foundation to a more expansive IT transformation journey.
Looking at the data center from an application-centric viewpoint gives CIOs an opening for change. Instead of looking at your entire data center and wondering how you’ll ever get it all standardized, select a specific workload in need of change and use that as the premise to bring in a modern integrated architecture. IT pros who have legacy Windows 2003 servers humming away in racks, for example, are probably starting to sweat the platform’s coming end-of-life knowing they’ll have to answer to a Board of Directors about operating on an unsupported architecture. This is a perfect opportunity to perform an application rationalization exercise to determine your upgrade and migration strategy and to bring up the new environment in parallel on a converged infrastructure for a risk-minimized cutover. Whether it’s Windows 2003, Microsoft SharePoint, a Big Data analytics initiative, or SAP modernization, an application-centric approach gives you the starting point you’re looking for.
An application-centric approach also allows you to take advantage of the significant investment manufacturers have made on your behalf. A perfect example is the co-investment HP has made with key application developers such as Microsoft and SAP to design balanced ConvergedSystem solutions. CS solutions offer preconfigured, pre-tested and ISV-certified systems with balanced architectures. HP has specifically optimized its ConvergedSystem portfolio for virtualization, collaboration, cloud, VDI and Big Data workloads, and HP’s new infrastructure management tool, HP OneView, has been released with these ConvergedSystem solutions to offer IT pros the full end-to-end solution management that you’d expect from that kind of partnership.