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FCW : November and December 2014
36 Growing numbers of savvy IT organizations are turning outdated IT silos into efficient converged infrastructures. CONVERGENCE COMES OF AGE balance the need for new services with maximum efficiency, IT managers are turning to converged infrastructures in increasing numbers to further modernize their data centers. “ CIOs have already seen cost containment benefits through virtualization and reducing space requirements in data centers,” says Mark Bowker, a senior analyst with the Enterprise Strategy Group. “ Now they’re seeing integrated computing platforms as the next level of efficiency to layer on top of those earlier initiatives.” Bowker adds that in a recent survey by his company, 33 percent of IT professionals said their organizations were currently using a converged infrastructure solution. This quest for greater efficiency and the evolution of converged technologies ata center architectures have been undergoing a fundamental transformation in recent years. Server virtualization, hardware consolidation and cloud computing have combined to reduce the amount of hardware and real estate that organizations need to keep IT services running effectively. Spurred by increasing demands to D COVER STORY 36-39 GSO145298.indd 1 9/23/14 11:29 AM