As the world’s reliance on technology increases so-to does the demand for people and processes to maintain the systems responsible for operating our businesses. In the past, companies relied on a swath of vendors to provide differing software and hardware solutions for various segments of their businesses. Your company’s server, switching and telephony solutions are likely provided by multiple vendors, each of which have their own upkeep and operating requirements; creating a need for employees trained to service these systems. Companies like Microsoft and Google have taken big steps in recent years to minimize the expertise required to maintain communication and business application technologies by packaging multiple services under one banner, all of which can be administered via a central management portal. This trend has now expanded into the hardware realm, wherein server, storage and switching solutions can now be bundled to function in a more harmonious fashion.
Convergent Technologies, simply put, is the combination of two or more different technologies in a single solution. By converging the backend management of the servers hosting your business’ applications, the storage of your data and routing protocols used to segment and control access in our networks, system administrators are now able to manage these different areas from a single pane of glass. This centralized management is typically achieved by combining all of the administrative settings different systems require in the same place, such as a web portal or internally hosted graphic user interface (GUI). Changes can be made to any one system, effecting another, in real-time. Unifying the management consoles of tightly integrated technologies, such as storage, networking and virtualization enable administrators to see a company’s entire technology footprint in one central place. The ability to modify and monitor all of your systems under one console makes it easier to properly scale and upgrade your environment. Many of us have submitted an issue to our IT people only to be told that the issue we’re having requires assistance from the one IT employee who isn’t available that day because nobody else is trained or has access to the specific system that can provide a resolution. By converging or bundling your systems it is possible to also limit the resources, both in human and compute resources, to maintain and more easily rectify potential problems.
As businesses grow, their technological footprint must also expand. To more easily scope and manage a growing, sprawling network an administrator must be able to account for all areas of the environment and disseminate that information to management. Converging your systems can greatly ease those responsibilities and processes. In the event you are interested in exploring the ability to bundle your business systems consult your trusted IT partner.