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Converged Infrastructure

What Is Convergence?
Why your organization should consider it.

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What Is Converged Infrastructure?

Converged Infrastructure combines several traditionally siloed IT components into a single optimized solution. By converging servers, data storage, networking equipment and software, Converged Infrastructure solutions provide a scalable and more cost efficient way to quickly deploy a more simplified IT infrastructure.

Characteristics of a Converged Infrastructure include:

  • End-to-End Virtualization—Compute, storage, network and I/O
  • Resilient—Improved availability using less infrastructure
  • Open—Choice, flexibility, and interoperable
  • Orchestrated—Automated arrangement, coordination, and management of complex computer systems, middleware, and services
  • Modular—Replace or add any one component (module) without affecting the rest of the compute solution

How Will Converged Infrastructure Solutions Benefit My Organization?

Converged Infrastructure platforms deliver quantifiable benefits to an organization, including:

  • Faster delivery of IT services to end-users
  • Increased agility and scalability
  • Flexible consumption models
  • Less fragmented resources
  • Improved security and control

How Can I Help My Organization Embrace Converged Infrastructure Solutions?

Convergence is a cultural change, not just a technical one. A few key guidelines will help you smooth the way:

  • Culturally enable transformation
    • Prioritize objectives
    • Empower architectural leadership to influence tactical activities
    • Create transparency into diverse aspects of existing infrastructure
    • Communicate lifecycle purchasing and convergence alignment
  • Transform Planning
    • Link capacity to demand instead of component-based estimations
    • Transition from task-by-task to assembly line automation

When moving toward a Converged Infrastructure solution, here are some important considerations:

  • Understand what is possible:
    • Technical
    • Cultural
    • Operational
  • Identify the demands for infrastructure in upcoming projects
  • Develop architectural roadmap that matches convergence plan

What Comprises A Converged Infrastructure Solution?

These solutions are completely integrated and sold as a completely integrated IT offering, but they are comprised of the following technologies:


Typically large modular core switches


Blade servers

Virtualization Software

Hypervisor and management software

Data Storage

Network attached storage


This unified approach to IT infrastructure heralds the convergence of network and compute layers, which simplifies data center manageability and improves flexibility and utilization. It also allows IT to focus more on delivering services to end users, and less on how to piece together disparate IT components and make them work together.

Getting Started With Converged Infrastructure

Your CDW Account Manager and certified Data Center Architects are ready to assist you with every phase of choosing and leveraging the right solution for your IT environment. Our approach includes:

Data Center Workshop—The cornerstone of the Private Cloud Accelerator engagement, this half-day session with a Data Center Architect provides for:

  • Technical discussion of today’s data center optimization technologies and best practices
  • An overview of your current data center, including:
    • Application delivery methods and requirements
    • Disaster recovery and continuity requirements
    • Standards compliance
    • IT Governance
  • Identification of current challenges in your ability to provide quality IT services
  • Translation of your organization’s IT goals into a data center strategy

Discovery Workshops—Based on information gathered in the Data Center Workshop, CDW will recommend a series of Discovery Workshops to capture a complete and accurate picture of your current data center environment. Topic areas may include: Network, Server, Storage and/or Physical Environment. Discovery Workshops are led by Solution Architects highly specialized in the topic areas. The Solution Architects will document and address:

  • Your current infrastructure
  • Known challenges, such as performance issues or inefficiencies
  • Process and procedures for adds, moves and changes
  • Technical knowledge gaps
  • Best practices

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