As business processes become increasingly automated and software takes over previously manual operations, the role of applications and software in business becomes more widespread and far-reaching. As application ecosystems increase in complexity and become more intertwined with business operations, IT’s relevance to the business increases as well. This represents a huge shift for many IT organizations, particularly for those that are accustomed to a back-office support function.
IT organizations must re-examine every facet of what they do, how they do it, and how they prioritize their business objectives. In particular, IT organizations must transform to deliver greater efficiency, predictability, and business agility.
A reference system from the Dell EMC Ready Stack portfolio that is based on converged infrastructure (CI) methodologies brings together the disparate infrastructure elements that power IT: servers, data storage devices, networking functions, virtualization, and management software. CI provides the following benefits:
Whether you are virtualizing workloads for private, public, or hybrid cloud deployments, CI systems expedite your journey to the cloud.
Underpinning the modern data center are multiple technology pillars—flash, scale-out architectures, and cloud-enabled systems. CI helps make the adoption of these new technologies faster, simpler, more agile, more efficient, less risky, and less costly, which speeds overall IT transformation efforts.
Note: Industry-analyst firm IDC defines a certified reference system as a pre-integrated, vendor-certified system containing server, storage, networking, and basic component management software. Dell EMC Ready Stack combines all these elements plus validation by Dell EMC Engineering.
Ready Stack incorporates the core tenets of a CI system to help organizations modernize faster, with less risk and less effort than through alternative solutions—whether the environment already includes Dell EMC technologies or uses reference architectures from other vendors.
Not all customer objectives are the same, so Dell EMC offers a continuum of CI options. Customer preferences range from do-it-yourself (DIY) approaches to fully engineered, factory-built, enterprise-class architectures for organizations with global data centers.