Four Steps to Reduce IT Complexity With Converged Infrastructure

November 28, 2015

IDC research finds that 79% of IT staff time is spent performing routine tasks, with only 21% devoted to innovation and strategic projects.

Converged infrastructure can eliminate many of the headaches associated with infrastructure, such as virtual server sprawl and inefficient resource utilisation.

Yet there’s lingering complexity in your virtualised infrastructure. And you’re facing rapidly evolving business needs, always-on users, exponential data growth and fiercer competition. All of these challenges demand more responsive, agile IT.

Whether you’ve already deployed a converged system or have future deployment plans, you can maximise that investment with automation. Consider these four important steps:


1. Estimate the time and costs of IT complexity.

  • How long does it take your organisation to deploy applications? If your answer is “months” or even “weeks,” how is that lead time affecting the business?
  • How much of your IT staff time is available for new projects and strategic initiatives related to business success? If your answer is “not enough,” can you identify the pain points that consume too many resources?
  • How long and how many people does it take to complete daily tasks or processes? If the answer is akin to four days across three different teams to complete a single task, have you considered how automation can simplify your processes?

Asking these types of questions gives you the baseline necessary to measure the positive impacts of automation in application or project-specific test cases.


2. Evaluate how reduced IT complexity will help you achieve your IT vision.

Converged infrastructure with automation helps to rid your environment of unnecessary complexity. Implementing converged infrastructure helps you become a more agile, responsive IT organisation, establishing a foundation for achieving your bigger-picture priorities. These priorities could include:

  • Managing and reducing IT operating costs.
  • Building a private or hybrid cloud to enable rapid, self-service resource provisioning.
  • Moving to a software-defined data centre strategy to create a more agile infrastructure for application deployment.

Map your automation strategy to your overall short-term and long-term IT planning. Doing so will help identify your real priorities.


3. Identify a smart starting point.

Automation must start somewhere. Begin by identifying your most challenging or painful system in terms of the staff hours and budget it consumes. Consider how a converged system with powerful automation capabilities can reduce those costs and complexity.

When you implement a converged system with automation, also examine areas that are already due for an upgrade. This evaluation may help present a more straightforward case in terms of capital expenditures, return on investment and project effort.


4. Ensure your entire system is top notch.

Gaining the most value from automation within a converged infrastructure depends upon the quality of the entire system. There is no room for weak links. You must ensure the full system stack is enterprise class, including:

This is what an enterprise-class converged system like Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) gives you. And UCP includes the core, robust automation capabilities that are necessary to reduce complexity and realise the full potential of a converged infrastructure investment.

One of the biggest benefits of transforming your IT infrastructure management is how it can, in turn, transform organisations and business outcomes.

By implementing UCP automation capabilities, you reverse the IT story: Now your team can keep routine maintenance to a minimum, spending the majority of their time and resources on strategic priorities that drive business results.

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