Businesses today are at various stages of digital transformation. For some, the current COVID-19 pandemic has meant transformation plans have had to be accelerated to cope with changing demands. The journey is becoming increasingly complex with new technologies mushrooming at a healthy pace.
A critical aspect in digital transformation is the IT infrastructure that is currently in place and your vision of what it would look like in the medium term, say 18 to 24 months.
What is converged infrastructure?
To put things in perspective, today’s IT infrastructures are a combination of traditional architectures – server storage and network, software-defined infrastructure or SDx, and cloud infrastructure.
Converged Infrastructure (CI) with its “white box” approach, integrates network, storage and compute into a single centrally managed system, complete with orchestration and life cycle management software. In converged infrastructure, the hardware components are separate devices, giving you the power to scale up as well as scale out based your business’ need.
Fujitsu Integrated System PRIMEFLEX for VMware vSphere is an example of a converged infrastructure, and is used by hundreds of our customers to a) host new services and b) to consolidate and modernize existing VMware hosted applications.
It is fast and easy to implement, with a single point of contact for purchase, warranty and maintenance. The solution can scale-up, as well as scale-out, as growth rates can vary dramatically. You can Learn more about PRIMEFLEX for VMware vSphere on our website.
Transforming converged infrastructure solutions with Hybrid IT
It’s taken some of the public cloud providers a few years to acknowledge it, but not everything will or should move to cloud, whether public or private. In other words, traditional IT – a term that now also embraces VMware vSphere and other key virtualization platforms – is not going away any time soon.
On the other hand, it should collaborate with and adapt to current trends in the IT landscape. Today, Hybrid IT is becoming ubiquitous. With the plethora of benefits it offers, it is no wonder that many organization are keen to take the next step. However getting started with a hybrid IT initiative is a huge challenge. More importantly, so is getting all cloud and non-cloud resources to operate together efficiently.
Moving workloads from on-premise infrastructure to the cloud and vice versa, ensuring the efficient utilization of resources, is at the core of a successful business today.
PRIMEFLEX for VMware vSphere integrates closely with Fujitsu’s Enterprise Service Catalog Manager (ESCM) that serves as a conduit to the cloud. The ESCM is a self-service portal to centrally manage service delivery, life-cycle operations and user access for all your IT services in a hybrid IT environment.
With this, IT organizations can introduce new services quickly, keep control of service usage, and report and charge service consumption. Users have access through an intuitive self-service portal on which they can easily find and consume services that are managed on or off-premise.
That's why I like to say that it provides that missing link between traditional and Hybrid IT.