Converged technology aims to take advantage of automated processes in the data center.
Every organization wants to cut costs and boost productivity; this is exactly what IT convergence aims to do. Automated storage systems can help the movement.
There’s a conflict of interest going on in the world of data storage. IT departments are on a tight budget but are hoping to do more with less. That is, they want to store more data without investing in expensive storage technologies. There’s just no way around the issue; the only way to deal with the exponential growth of data is by investing in automated storage systems.
In fact, a survey conducted by Forrester Consulting group found that 75% of IT managers felt data storage was becoming too much of a burden. A similar demographic was also surveyed by Gartner; nearly 45% of IT managers plan to invest in some sort of storage solution. So it’s pretty safe to say that not even the experts know what to do with all that data. The word has gotten out to storage vendors who are focused on bringing more automated storage systems to market.
Automated storage systems are but one component to IT convergence. The challenges lie within the organizations that wish to deploy automated storage systems within the data center. Speed of deployment and simplicity will eventually improve but even still, IT managers must come up with a strategy which makes it easier to monitor the automation process. In order for IT staff to leverage these converged technologies, an emphasis must be placed on consistency and performance. Otherwise, converged technologists might not witness the desired impact they expect to have on overburdened IT departments.