Customers are the cornerstone of Dell EMC’s Converged Platforms and Solutions Division’s success. By focusing on our customers’ needs, we have not only created a new IT infrastructure segment, but are also its undisputed leader as the number one vendor in Integrated Systems in 1Q16, according to IDC.

 

Part of delivering the best possible CPSD customer experience is helping customers recognize the value gained from their CPSD investment. Keeping that in mind, we have pulled together a set of assets that will help our customers assess business value from their CI investment and get them started on a journey that will help them fully optimize the benefits of having an agile, flexible and modern data center. 

 

Beginning with the Case for CI: A recent study from Forrester Consulting found that IT organizations that have adopted converged infrastructure developed by the Converged Platforms and Solutions Division achieved a 20 percent reduction in actual hardware costs alongside a 30 percent increase in IT operational efficiency. Just as critically important, the report finds that business productivity increased 5 percent to 10 percent over a three-year period. 

 

This study provides a practical way to evaluate and assess if the converged infrastructure model is right for you and find out if there are other options available.

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Adapting to a Converged Environment

Helping you through the transition to the new CI environment, Pat Grazioli’s blog ‘10 Tips & Tricks to Maximize the Value from Your VCE Blocks and Racks’ will help.  Drawing upon first-hand experience with hundreds of leading companies of all sizes in dozens of industry segments, this concise list of best practices will ensure you get the most value out of your VCE Vblock, VxBlock, and VxRack Systems deployments.

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But what about DevOps? Putting the spotlight on the importance of DevOps in the era of hyper-convergence, I explore why it is critical for IT operations to respond to application development requirements quickly and the need for transformation not just in IT infrastructure but also in IT culture.

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Building a CI Team

IT organizations are now starting to understand the value of having a converged infrastructure team. As many customers use converged and hyper-converged platforms and solutions from the CPSD to scale and grow their data center, having a collaborative converged infrastructure team that understands the whole stack, not just the siloes of compute, network and storage, provides an organization with the toolsets to successfully support the business. You can find out how to break down the siloed IT culture in this blog: Enabling Collaborative IT with Converged Infrastructure.

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Shelia Hartness, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, describes how her organization aligned its IT team to get the best out of its converged infrastructure in this article from the Data Center Journal, Becoming a Converged Engineer. Shelia describes how their team now focuses on higher value activities that support the business. 

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You can also watch this fantastic video of Shelia and Stu Miniman from Wikibon discussing the team’s transformation.  

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Join the Discussion – Enabling a Collaborative CI Team (October 3 – 17)

Don’t miss the expanded discussion on Dell EMC’s Community Network in our Ask the Experts conversation centered around how IT teams are now building their converged infrastructure teams and reaping the benefits of a more cohesive, responsive and streamlined operation that is an enabler for the business.

 

The event will kick-off with a video chat between Stu Miniman from theCUBE and Shelia Hartness of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center on how Wake Forest deployed converged infrastructure and adopted an IT culture that optimizes the benefits of CI.

 

Our team of experts includes:

  • Shelia Hartness, Lead Software Systems Engineer, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
  • Todd Pavone, COO, Converged Platforms and Solutions Division, Dell EMC
  • Nigel Moulton, CTO EMEA, Converged Platforms and Solutions Division, Dell EMC 
  • Pat Grazioli, Senior Director, Professional Services, Converged Platforms and Solutions Division, Dell EMC 
  • Brett Foy, General Manager, Data Center & Mobility Solutions, Ahead

Click here to register for the event

 

And coming soon, Anshul Pande, CTO ProMedica Health System, shares how his IT team has scaled to meet the needs of a growing business using the converged model.

 

Look out for more customer stories and other great assets that accelerate your journey to getting best out of your converged and hyper-converged solutions and platforms.