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June 2013 Vol. 12 No. 4

Converged systems offer turnkey storage and server bundles

Storage vendors are packaging their products with servers and networking gear to create ready-to-run converged systems. Could this be the end of best-of-breed deployments? Traditionally, to maximize performance and ensure enterprise-class capabilities, IT organizations have adopted a best-of-breed approach to selecting servers, storage, networking and other infrastructure components. But requirements to lower costs and gain greater efficiencies have resulted in consolidation of infrastructure to reduce physical hardware using techniques such as server virtualization, which enables better resource utilization and administrative benefits. While virtualization makes it easier to roll out new servers and applications, it has led to server sprawl that's not only burdening physical resources but taxing IT with additional maintenance and support chores. Statistics from an IDC report, Converging the Datacenter Infrastructure: Why, How, So What? (May 2012), show that while server spending has stayed about the same in the past 10 years, ...

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