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Delivering on Converged Infrastructure Promises

James Gargan
SVP, Marketing - Converged Infrastructure Systems

Having trouble sleeping lately? With relentless pressure on you to do more with less, manage an increasingly complex IT environment, and incorporate cloud into your infrastructure, it's hardly surprising if you are.

You’ve standardized across your infrastructure at each layer of the technology stack: operations, security, applications, database, network, server/hypervisor, storage and data protection. But each layer still has its own preferred vendor, patches and so on — and there is still little integration between layers of the stack. Add to that, the push from the C-suite to move to cloud. Now you’re adding another layer of complexity to integrate your on-premise and cloud technology.
Converged or hyper-converged architecture has been hailed as the answer to all your IT nightmares — packaged compute, storage, network and virtual machine in a single system to minimize the effort needed for design, implementation and ongoing IT operations.
Now life will be easy, you’re told. Don’t worry, be happy.
But it’s a whole lot messier from where you’re sitting. Vendors have failed to deliver on these promises of IT Utopia. So is it really possible to integrate everything and simplify your life? Can you really stop worrying so much?
The answer is yes — at least to a point. Converged infrastructure is faster, better, cheaper. The only problem? They're designed for generic workloads.

Converged Architecture Doesn’t Go Far Enough
What about your core applications? Oracle engineered systems go beyond generic infrastructure to give you an all-in-one, out-of-the-box, purpose-built solution designed for mission-critical core workloads.
Of course, it’s never really that simple. If you truly integrate, it’s not just about hardware and applications--it’s about people and processes, too. Your organization isn’t structured for integration; it’s structured for silos of responsibility for each layer of the stack, creating a division of skills and information. 

One way is to think total integration. Oracle engineered systems is the only purpose-built converged infrastructure solution, built secure from chip to the cloud, designed to maximize your Oracle Database experience. Sure, you’re right to be skeptical with all the empty promises that have been made in the last decade. But here’s how Oracle engineered systems is different:

  1. Oracle owns the entire stack.
  2. You have a single management model.
  3. You have a single support model.
  4. It’s cloud-ready. 

For example, the Oracle Database Cloud Exadata Service is built on the same fully integrated structure as the on-premise version of Oracle Exadata. This is where it gets positively magical. Because the infrastructure is the same on both sides, your IT infrastructure is 100% cloud-ready from the get-go. When the time is right, you can move to the cloud without changing a single thing about your operations or your technology stack.

It's important to be honest with yourself: You’re not going to be able to push core applications away from the cloud forever. But despite the organizational shifts and process changes total integration might require, the cloud provides the agility that you have to have in today’s business environment.

oracle converged infrastructure vs others

It can be hard to believe all the promises about how simplifying IT infrastructure can increase business agility and flexibility. But take a look at how Xait, a software development company, used the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance to deliver their collaborative writing software product as both a cloud service and an on-premise solution--increasing their market share to customers who required one, the other, or both. The Oracle Private Cloud Appliance is designed for quick cloud deployments. It allows you to quickly build and manage a private or hybrid cloud within your data center and offer services like Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Database as a Service (DBaaS) giving you a clear path to move from on-premise to the Oracle Cloud whenever you’re ready. What does that translate to? You can roll out new business services in hours, not weeks. In the end, Xait dramatically increased sales and profitability. Who can say no to that?

Converged Infrastructure Solutions: An Investment Into the Future
Let’s run down the advantages you would have with Oracle engineered systems:

  • Integrated systems co-engineered with Oracle Database and applications for a purpose-built IT architecture.
  • Better performance while using fewer resources with improved data protection and security.
  • Elimination of multiple vendors. Instead, you have a single vendor for infrastructure, data protection, database, applications, cloud, and support.
  • Cloud-readiness to help your IT team prepare for the next generation of IT architectures, operational models, and consumption options. 

why choose oracle engineered systems

No one can guarantee that every day at work is going to be carefree from now on. But if you truly get a cloud-ready, totally integrated, engineered system, you’ll have a whole lot less to worry about. So be happy.

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