Written by Darren Livingston
We live, work and compute in an era of constant change. So for information technology (IT) teams, the importance of adaptive infrastructure is undeniable.
Adaptive infrastructure enables organizations and their IT teams to be more agile in responding to new challenges and more productive overall. It removes the burden of managing IT infrastructure so that team members can focus on higher-value projects within their organization.
The advantages of adaptive infrastructure
Traditional infrastructure is siloed and clunky. Upgrading and troubleshooting require significant intervention. Although devices and IT staff may perform well individually, they don’t work together as smoothly as they could. This slows the IT team’s response to company needs and technological advancements.
By contrast, adaptive infrastructure makes full use of application programming interfaces (APIs) to work together efficiently and automatically. This boosts productivity by minimizing manual management and speeding up maintenance. For example, with Dell solutions like PowerEdge servers and Dell EMC OpenManage Enterprise, initial server deployment takes 88% less time, and repurposing them takes up to 99.7% less time.
The anatomy of adaptive infrastructure
What makes adaptive infrastructure so effective? Automation, standardization and people.
Automation is central to adaptive infrastructure. It simplifies deployment, repurposing and troubleshooting.
In an adaptive infrastructure, hardware components have RESTful API support. Software like the OpenManage systems management portfolio and Dell EMC CloudIQ then can orchestrate policy-based maintenance.
With a truly adaptive, open based technology, IT staff can incorporate new components without overhauling other components and processes.
For example, if you’re using rackmount Dell servers, and your application requires modular Dell servers, our standardized approach to managing the deployed servers is seamless when using Dell’s systems management portfolio, Dell EMC OpenManage Enterprise, through a single interface.
While automation and standardization open exciting possibilities, people remain the core of any organization’s IT operations.
In many ways, the human components mirror the devices: they work as a cohesive team, use automation and adapt to new challenges. This team, empowered by adaptive infrastructure, is innovative and prepared for the future in an era of ongoing digital transformation.
The transition to a more adaptive infrastructure
The journey to an adaptive infrastructure takes a series of small steps, both operational and technological. For many IT teams, it starts with choosing a secure server model that allows them to take full advantage of its power and RESTful API support.
Once you have your server, you can leverage management tools to integrate with RESTful APIs to continue to build your adaptive infrastructure. Here are some management tools you may find useful:
- Modular chassis: A chassis such as Dell’s PowerEdge MX7000 Modular Chassis has responsive architecture, elastic compute storage and high-speed networking to serve your organization through expansions and transitions.
- Systems management console: A console like Dell EMC OpenManage Enterprise simplifies server management, freeing your team to focus on higher-value tasks.
Start your infrastructure transformation today
Dell Technologies recognizes the importance of adaptive infrastructure for your organization. You need the agility and freedom to tackle whatever challenges come next. Dell Technologies and Converge Technology Solutions are here to support your team as you transition to an adaptive infrastructure, one step at a time.
Contact a Converge Technology Solutions expert and begin and begin your team’s transition to an adaptive infrastructure.