Limitations of Silo Architecture
Data center applications have dramatically advanced in the last 10-15 years, but in many ways, the technology has essentially remained the same.
In the silo architecture, if data center requirements increased, the silo would be scaled. This requires data center design, development of an integration plan, procurement, solution implementation, and long-term management of the expanded silo.
However, as more and more applications place higher demands on data center resources (such as virtualized environments for cloud applications), the silo model is revealing its limitations.
Many IT directors who face this problem wonder, isn’t there a better way? Wouldn’t it be better if one could simply spin up a virtualized environment to meet data center needs?
Fortunately, customers are no longer forced to implement costly, rigid silo architectures for their IT needs. Data center convergence offers an alternative solution to expensive and time-consuming silos – a solution prepared to elegantly handle modern data center demands.
Increasing Interest in Converged Infrastructure
The increased interest in converged infrastructures is no secret in the IT industry. Research firm IDC has projected spending on converged infrastructure will reach $17.8 billion in 2016, representing a significant increase of its number of $4.6 billion in 2012.
Why are organizations moving towards an integrated solution?
Simple: converged infrastructures offer greater flexibility, scalability, and ease-of-deployment at a lower long-term cost than silo architectures.
Modern Solution for Data Center Needs
In the traditional silo data center implementation, the different parts that make up the data center (servers, data-storage devices, networking equipment, software, and other components) are all installed into a stack separately.
This requires weeks and months of configuration for something as simple as application virtualization. Because the components are carefully selected by the IT department for a specific deployment purpose, they are nearly impossible to optimize or reconfigure for different uses.
However, with converged infrastructure, the hardware in a data center silo are all part of a single physical unit. This makes expanding the data center capacities as fast and simple as adding a single piece of hardware to a stack and setting up the appropriate software.
This gives converged infrastructures two major advantages over traditional server solutions:
- The storage, server, networking, and other converged infrastructure resources are all managed through a single console. This means fewer IT staff members are needed to modify and maintain the data center.
- Organizations deploying converged infrastructure solutions have a single point-of-contact – the solution provider – even if the solution combines software and hardware from multiple vendors. This makes converged infrastructures a remarkably customer-friendly solution for data center needs.
The Benefits of Converged Infrastructure
Deploy Faster, Saving Time & Resources
Choosing converged infrastructures over traditional architectures benefits organizations in many ways:
- Decreased cost: Initial deployment is faster and much less expensive than traditional architectures. While the cost of shifting from a silo solution to converged infrastructures may be initially higher than simply expanding an existing silo, the long-term operating cost of converged infrastructures is far lower.
- Decreased maintenance: Because there aren’t as many pieces of hardware, maintenance demands are significantly decreased from traditional architectures. Data center automation tools work especially well in converged environments. By centralizing server and network management, day-to-day maintenance will take significantly less time.
- Decreased IT staff: Converged infrastructures administration requires a much smaller staff than traditional architectures. This allows an organization to reallocate its IT staff resources and expand its ability to serve its customers in different ways.
In addition to being easier to deploy and maintain, converged infrastructures scale much more easily than silo architectures.
Data center convergence essentially creates a pool of resources (virtualized server, storage, and network capacity) that may be shared by multiple applications or users. This is ideal for modern application needs (such as cloud applications) many data centers face.
Implementing Converged Infrastructures
This post has only scraped the surface of the benefits of converged infrastructures. Data center convergence can help an organization like yours better manage its data center demands.
As the need for cloud solutions grows (and as the space needed for virtualization continues to increase exponentially), the silo data center model simply won’t be able to keep up with your organization’s needs.
Making an investment into converged architectures doesn’t require an expensive, sudden switch. Contact Patriot Tech today to learn about customer data center solutions that fit your organization’s (and your customers’) unique requirements and begin developing data center migration strategies to gain converged infrastructure advantages.