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Converged Infrastructure: The Agile Data Center and the Cloud

IDC Executive Brief

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An IDC Executive Brief exploring changes affecting data centers and discussing how the move to converged infrastructure is critical for development and adoption of private clouds to realize the full benefits of virtualization and cloud computing. Faced with a future in which organizations need to deploy and effectively use hundreds, thousands, and even tens of thousands of server and desktop application instances in a virtual environment, organizations should consider deploying optimally configured converged systems that integrate server, storage, and network elements. The assets would be managed as unified IT assets with benefits that include scalability, improved responsiveness to business needs, better utilization of IT assets, faster and automated provisioning of IT assets, greater operational efficiency, reduced maintenance costs, and lower corporate risk from data loss or misuse.