Mar 11 2013

Converged Infrastructure Helps Businesses Solve the IT Puzzle [#Infographic]

Why keep storage, networking and servers separate when your business needs them to work in harmony?

Silos in IT have become so commonplace that many IT workers have adopted their specialties as their identities. Businesses often have a “network guy,” a “storage guy” and an “email guy,” for example, and staffers may have to keep track of who does what to get their needs addressed.

But the modern enterprise needs systems and workers that function and integrate seamlessly with one another. What good is a brand-new, optimized storage solution without the equivalent network upgrades to maximize the throughput of all that data?

That’s why many companies are turning to a converged infrastructure solution.

Total Wine & More, an independent retailer of beverages and accessories, is able to do much more with less, thanks to its migration to Cisco Systems’ Unified Computing System (UCS).

“We’ve been able to pack more than 100 servers on just four Cisco UCS blades,” said Todd Slan, director of technology at Total Wine & More. “Prior to the migration, we had those servers on much more bulky, 4U rack-mount hardware that took up substantial rack real estate. The consolidation we achieved was significant.”

According to data gathered by CDW, businesses that have made the move to a converged infrastructure have seen a 50 percent reduction in power consumption and a 40 percent drop in storage costs.

Check out the full infographic from CDW below for more information.

Converged IT for business