Converged Infrastructure Automation
Today’s datacenter architectures are getting complex with a mix of data center infrastructure including servers, storage, networks and virtualization. Organizations are transforming from traditional data centers into unified data centers by consolidation and convergence of storage, computing, and network resource pools. Converged systems are the building blocks for the future enterprise datacenters as they are playing a key role in reducing IT silos and enabling unified application and service delivery. Organizations are looking for application-aligned infrastructure that can be scaled up and down dynamically. This requires infrastructure that is unified and connected – “converged infrastructure with unified automation”.
The main advantages of the converged infrastructure are “validated designs and architecture”, “shortened deployment cycles”, “scalable performance” and “operational cost savings”. But converged infrastructure without an unified automation is like procuring and connecting infrastructure components together. Converged infrastructure requires automated IT management across server, storage, network and virtualization components.
Cloupia unified automation provides cross-functional automated service provisioning across server, networking and storage components. It also provides a single interface to manage and automate discovery, provisioning, configuration and compliance. Complex application infrastructure can be deployed and ready within matter of hours with single-click converged stack provisioning. That is the true agility and operational savings one could expect with unified automation and converged infrastructure. To dynamically scale out the physical infrastructure and meet application elasticity requirements, organizations need capabilities to add new servers, provision new storage, assign new networks, reassign some resources with few clicks.
A holistic deployment of entire server, storage, network, and virtualization components of infrastructure is critical to build or manage large-scale data centers. Self-service creation of entire application environment requires automated and unified provisioning of both physical and virtual components. A seamless approach to linking and automating management processes and tasks across physical and virtual infrastructures is very much needed. An unified automation platform that can automate entire converged stack with multi-vendor components is the holy grail to build and manage future dynamic data centers.