One of the expensive challenges of hosting any workload at significant scale is server sprawl. For example, many organizations start off with one Exchange Server. This server eventually reaches capacity, so they add another. Then perhaps another, and then an extra because they want to ensure that they have enough capacity in the event that one of the existing servers fails.
You don’t have to look far to find signs that forward-thinking IT leaders are seeking ways to make infrastructure more adaptable, less rigid, less constrained by physical factors–in short, more like software. You see it in the rise of DevOps and the search for ways to automate application deployment and updates, as well as ways to accelerate development of the new breed of applications and services. You see it in the growing interest in disaggregation–the decoupling of the key components of compute into fluid pools of resources.
In a perfect world, IT pros correctly estimate the workload of a particular server over the course of its projected lifetime. When they purchase the hardware for that workload, the workload grows into the hardware until it fits like a glove. Unfortunately, when most workload estimates bump up against reality, they are found wanting.
Is your enterprise poised to compete in an era of agile IT?
Better workload efficiency is one of the reasons converged architecture might be right for you.