The evolution of IT architecture
We’ve created architectural designs and deployments for leading business across Europe for 40 years, investing heavily in our UK Data Centres.
We enable common architecture across the private and Public Sectors, building flexible infrastructures able to accommodate the needs of any organisation. The latest evolution of IT architecture, Converged Infrastructure, integrates server, storage and networking components into one standardised modular platform.
As business demand for IT services has evolved, it has become important to create an architecture that considers the full service need, rather than individual technologies. This approach is essential in developing the right capabilities within a platform, and to have that platform conform to a more strictly defined set of standards based on Enterprise Architectural design principles. Converged Infrastructure requires consideration of all the necessary elements required to create a seamless experience for users.
We are already familiar with dependent technologies, enabling these to become part of the ‘IT factory’ and freeing up the IT department to be the conduit between business requirements and technology deployment. Focusing on the the business needs of our customers rather than the restrictions of previous technology towers enables us to transform how IT is delivered.
We are helping many organisations create standardised infrastructures that will underpin their future development and growth. This is the key component of a modern infrastructure convergence strategy. The need to create a standardised approach to platform design is critical to reduce time and complexity in delivering the infrastructure, as well as give the ability to make standard service catalogue offerings that will lend themselves to new business demands.
Organisations are also exploring the potential to create a platform based on a highly virtualised component stack. Adding the concept of the pre-integration of these takes us from the Enterprise Architecture concept to a more Converged Infrastructure ideal, and the inclusion of Converged Infrastructure is now part of the thinking that defines modern infrastructure design. The integration and virtualisation of several components presents a simplified architecture.
At its simplest, Converged Infrastructure looks to break down the siloes of a traditional IT deployment and reduce the cost and complexity of deploying infrastructure components individually. It allows for the integration of components from any source, so long as they have been designed with modern, industry standard components.
Converged Infrastructure provides both technical and business efficiencies by pre-integrating the technology components necessary to deliver a common technology footprint. It makes it possible to pool IT resources and simplify the automation of processes including the virtualisation, automation and management of the platform.
Converged Infrastructure can also serve as an enabling platform for private and public Cloud services, which may include Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings.
- Asset utilisation
- Integration of servers, storage, and network assets (virtualisation)
- Administrative cost-reduction
- Increased agility and IT responsiveness
- Faster, automated provisioning
- Reliable recovery of data and applications
- Improved DR
- Modernisation of network infrastructure