4 Pasos para reducir la complejidad IT con infraestructuras convergentes

Four Steps to Reduce IT Complexity With Converged Infrastructure

Converged infrastructure with robust automation capabilities can simplify operations – and free up IT to focus on strategic initiatives.

Converged infrastructure provides many benefits, delivering world-class networking, server and storage components as a turnkey, optimized, integrated system. As a result, you can eliminate many of the headaches associated with infrastructure, such as virtual server sprawl and inefficient resource utilization. Yet there’s lingering complexity in your virtualized 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. This scenario highlights a critical question for your converged infrastructure: How can you ensure it will reduce complexity and free your team to focus on the innovative projects that really drive your business? The question raises justifiable concerns. Routine maintenance work bogs down too many IT teams, leaving less time and fewer resources for strategic technology projects. IDC research finds that 79% of IT staff time is spent on routine tasks, with only 21% devoted to innovation and strategic projects. Automation, a business-critical element of converged infrastructure, can help. When your converged system includes robust automation and management capabilities, native to your virtualized VMware or Microsoft® environment, you can reduce complexity and streamline infrastructure and operations. In turn, your team gains the freedom to innovate and produce bottom-line results. Whether you’ve already deployed a converged system or have future deployment plans, you can maximize that investment with automation. Consider the four important steps on the following pages.

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

  • Estimate the time and costs of IT complexity

What is the impact of IT complexity on your business? It’s important to quantify the operating costs of business as usual. Once you’ve determined the pain points and implemented a solution, you may find that a task that once took days might be condensed to minutes. The answers to the questions below will vary in different parts of your organization, but they provide a strong basis for fundamental analysis: n How long does it take your organization to deploy applications? If your answer is “months” or even “weeks,” how is that lead time affecting the business? n 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? n 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 projectspecific test cases.

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

How is IT complexity limiting your ability to achieve your IT vision and meet business objectives? In today’s always-on, constantly changing business environment, complexity is a competitive disadvantage. Converged infrastructure with automation helps to rid your environment of unnecessary complexity. Implementing converged infrastructure helps you become a more agile, responsive IT organization, establishing a foundation for achieving your bigger-picture priorities. These priorities could include: n Managing and reducing IT operating costs. n Building a private or hybrid cloud to enable rapid, self-service resource provisioning. n Moving to a software-defined data center 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. Alignment with overall IT strategy is critical at this point, and clear priorities make this step more straightforward. Maybe you need to reduce painful headaches caused by hundreds or thousands of virtual machines spread across different functional groups. Your scenario will depend on your organization.

  • 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.

  • 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:

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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 realize 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 organizations 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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