One of the defining conversations for public sector IT workers this year has been how to manage and update legacy IT systems without breaking the bank.  However, one of the great ironies of incrementally upgrading and constantly adding to an existing infrastructure is that it can actually drive up costs for administration, maintenance, and operations, rather than help contain them.

Since a wholesale rip, replace, and upgrade is out of the question for nearly all organizations – whether in the private sector or public – IT team leaders need to get creative when it comes to addressing the question of how to upgrade their systems to drive mission success.

Some of the public sector’s most innovative IT leaders are looking to a converged infrastructure solution.  A converged infrastructure solution allows network administrators to have more flexibility in how their system is maintained and enables administrators to be more proactive in solving day-to-day issues.  In reducing the amount of time, effort, and funding that is needed to support daily operations, a converged infrastructure allows time for long-term tasks and projects to become reality, rather than part of a wish list.

But what exactly is a converged infrastructure?  In short a converged infrastructure takes numerous IT components and streamlines them into an optimized, pre-validated solution.  In following this model infrastructure can grow organically, capacity can be estimated more accurately and there’s a noticeable reduction in unused or underused capacity.

While many complex organizations have a converged infrastructure in place, a secondary battle is to manage it effectively.  Without the right management tools, the benefits of a converged infrastructure are effectively nullified.  But how do they differ from traditional network management tools and what additional insight and efficiencies do they provide?

Want to find out the answer to this question?  You can find the answers in this comprehensive guide to converge infrastructure created by GovLoop in conjunction with NetApp.  Your copy is waiting for you here.