"Non-converged IT systems stand in the way of progress by reinforcing the siloed structure typical of many IT departments. Silos are the enemy of productivity; they impede velocity and organisational dexterity," says Oostveen. "Converged infrastructure effectively strikes at the heart of the biggest data centre challenges by accelerating time to value, reducing management complexity and simplifying ongoing operations."
The evidence that digital transformation is accelerated by converged infrastructure is building. A recent Forrester report evaluating the value of VCE converged platforms from EMC for data centre modernisation found that moving to a VCE Vblock solution led to reduced IT costs, plus greater flexibility and efficiency in infrastructure and operations across the board. Meanwhile, application developers and business users also became more productive as a flow-on effect. A great example of this is EMC VCE customer Brownes Dairy who since deploying a Vblock in 2012 - over four years ago - have only required an IT team of four to support a staff of 400.
"With converged infrastructure, systems can be managed and supported as a single entity and not as a multitude of fabrics or silos," says Oostveen. "They inject a completely different environment - a far more agile one that will support the digitisation of business, enable faster innovation to deliver continued growth into the future."
While technology will underpin and enable the fourth industrial revolution, we must not lose sight of the fact there are more important factors that will shape the future; our people and the values they possess. We must put our people before technology so we may unleash our full potential, while casting aside the vestiges that slow our progress. When combined with the technological accelerator of the fourth industrial revolution, the boundless creativity of humans and our ability for moral consciousness, we can collectively usher in a new era for the betterment of all.
EMC Corporation is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way. Fundamental to this transformation is cloud computing. Additional information about EMC can be found at www.EMC.com
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