Making the case for converged and hyper-converged infrastructure

Why data center convergence may be a hard sell

After careful consideration, it's time to make the case for data center convergence in your organization. As an IT administrator, it's your job to convince management that it's time to implement this much talked about platform. Should be easy, right? You can hardly go anywhere without seeing the many benefits of convergence and hyper-convergence laid out in front of you: streamlined infrastructure, cost savings and simplified management. So what's the hold up?

For many organizations, it all boils down to preparation. Getting your existing infrastructure ready for converged or hyper-converged implementation is just one big first step. You must not only get management on board for buying all the necessary components for data center convergence, but also ensure that the staff is equipped with the skills required to get -- and keep -- the infrastructure up and running smoothly. Between physical preparations in the data center and shifting operational responsibilities, simply preparing an environment for a converged or hyper-converged deployment is no easy task.

But don't be disheartened, IT admins. Although it falls on you to make what may seem like a tough sell, it can be done. When making your pitch, emphasize the advantages of switching to data center convergence or hyper-convergence, such as increased agility and reduced costs. When it comes to staff and responsibilities, many of the processes involved in these platforms will seem familiar to those who have worked in virtualized environments. Every infrastructure has different requirements, so understand what your existing infrastructure will need and draw up a plan for a smooth transition. There are a lot of vendors out there, but look at each product closely and choose a platform that works for not only what you need, but what you have available.