Strategy Guide To Converged Infrastructure In The Branch Office

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Executive Summary

Most branches are added in a less-than-organized fashion. Each branch may have different brands and models of hardware of varying age, a variety of nonstandard applications and a networking infrastructure that is slow, inflexible and quite likely capacity constrained. The branch may have been built in isolation and lack the interoperability needed to connect reliably to the broader network. This chaotic situation is not only time-consuming and expensive to maintain, but it puts the organization at risk. And at a time when the ability to implement new services like mobility and unified communications is a key competitive requirement, the situation may be a significant disadvantage to an organization. What's more, the lack of cohesive and capable infrastructure could prevent branches from taking advantage of some of the biggest costsaving trends of the decade: virtualization and cloud computing. Clearly, organizations need to rethink their strategic approach to the branch technology.

HP's Converged Infrastructure is a a pre-configured and pre-tested solution that helps address these issues. It simplifies, integrates and automates storage, networking, servers, management software ? even power and cooling. In particular, the HP branch office networking solution converges infrastructure and network applications to dramatically improve performance, simplify deployments, centralize management and reduce IT costs.

This whitepaper is a rich media document, and includes industry analyst research, multimedia content, risk assessment tool, solutions brief, valuable reference articles and several detailed customer case studies, all embedded within the single dossier.

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