Converged systems are powerful platforms that have taken the industry by storm. With built-in automation and high-density architecture, converged systems help architect a very robust cloud and storage environment.

The idea is to create unparalleled density and allow for resources to be delivered as effectively as possible. Industry trends show that the pace of converged systems adoption will only continue to grow, but what’s next? How will the industry respond? Already we are seeing a number of new devices and applications demanding resources from a modern data center. All of this means greater density, more users and many more Internet of Things (IoT) scenarios. Organizations will gain greater control over resources utilization while still optimizing end user experiences.

Here are three reasons to reshape your data center with converged architecture:

1. New levels of resource controls

There’s been a major resurgence behind a number of virtualization technologies, including VDI, application delivery and user management. Because of this, resource management has been a critical initiative for a number of organizations. The challenge revolves around isolated and under-used resources. This is where converged infrastructure comes in. Remember, this spans logical and physical deployments of convergence. Converged infrastructure solutions act as central points for resource control. Data center and cloud administrators have fewer management points and greater levels of control over their critical (and expensive) resources. Moving forward, there will be more virtual technologies and even more integration with cloud.

Organizations challenged with growth and resource management should look at converged architecture solutions to simplify management.

2. Easier management and a smaller data center footprint

Convergence changes the way organizations deploy and utilize data center resources, allowing them to design an infrastructure capable of growth while still controlling the amount of hardware being deployed. Network, storage and compute resources are aligned and utilized very efficiently with the help of powerful, easy-to-use infrastructure management capabilities.

Architecture designs allow administrators to centralize the control plane, simplify the management of all workloads and align the business model with the capabilities of the data center.

3. New levels of operational efficiency

While convergence impacts the data center footprint, how users connect and where resources are deployed, it also has a significant impact on the customer’s business and operational efficiency.

With converged infrastructure, organizations can deploy new applications and services faster, allow users to access resources more quickly and create more efficient business workflow processes. This means that CI can help businesses stay proactive in today’s ever-evolving market. By combining a converged infrastructure data center and the modern business, strategic partners help create real-world operational efficiencies. Next-generation converged infrastructure technologies are built to integrate into an intelligent backplane capable of dynamic content and resource controls. With converged architecture, the business units can request specific resources and support new initiatives more quickly.

It’s important to note that the future of the data center revolves around supporting an ever-evolving business, customer and IT environment. Converged infrastructure allows for heterogeneous hardware systems--coupled with different hypervisors--all delivering dynamic resources to a variety of points.

Customers will continue to depend more and more on the underlying data center. And those same customers will depend on these critical technologies to help deploy powerful convergence models. Keeping infrastructure agile and creating convergence partnerships will help you organizations retain competitive edge.

Underwritten by HPE

Part of HPE’s Power of One strategy, HPE Converged Architecture 700 delivers infrastructure as one integrated stack. HPE Converged Architecture 700 delivers proven, repeatable building blocks of infrastructure maintained by one management platform (HPE OneView), built and delivered exclusively by qualified HPE Channel Partners. This methodology saves considerable time and resources, compared to the do-it-yourself (DIY) approach.

Based on a complete HPE stack consisting of HPE BladeSystem with Intel® Xeon® E5 v3-based HPE ProLiant BL460c Gen9 blades, HPE 3PAR StoreServ all-flash storage, HPE Networking, and HPE OneView infrastructure management software, the HPE Converged Architecture 700 can be easily modified to fit within your existing IT environment.