Buying IT infrastructure isn’t like it used to be.

 

Before you can even think about vendors and products, you have to decide how you want to consume infrastructure and plan for growth. In addition to the traditional method of buying a “best of breed” set of storage, networking, and compute hardware independently, now you can choose from an array of new infrastructure consumption models that have emerged over the past 10 years: Infrastructure as a Service, converged infrastructure, hyperconverged, and even software-based infrastructure on commodity hardware.

 

How can CIOs make sense of all these options? Which one is the best? Which one is the least expensive? Why do they all exist?

 

Each of these five models clearly has strengths and weaknesses. Yet looking at each in isolation, or even simply comparing one option with another, misses the bigger picture. Which advantages does your enterprise need, and which trade-offs are you willing to make?

 

That’s why we created a tool called the Infrastructure Consumption Continuum. It helps illustrate the key considerations and trade-offs of each consumption model and allows you to quickly narrow the list to the models best suited to you.

 

The Infrastructure Consumption Continuum

 

The Infrastructure Consumption Continuum illustrates the key considerations and trade-offs of each IT consumption model and allows you to quickly narrow the list to those best suited to your organization.

 

Visit Infrastructure Consumption Continuum to analyze the various consumption models across the spectrum of trade-offs you’ll need to consider. You’ll be able to prioritize the key considerations when selecting an infrastructure consumption model and quickly see which models fit your needs.

 

Additionally, download the full paper, “Using the Infrastructure Consumption Continuum” to understand how we built the continuum, what each trade-off means to you, and how to get the most value when choosing the right consumption model for your next generation data center.

 

Try the Infrastructure Consumption Continuum.

 

Download the accompanying paper “Using the Infrastructure Consumption Continuum“.

 

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Dave Wright

Dave Wright, SolidFire CEO and founder, left Stanford in 1998 to help start GameSpy Industries, a leader in online videogame media, technology, and software. GameSpy merged with IGN Entertainment in 2004 and Dave served as Chief Architect for IGN and led technology integration with FIM / MySpace after IGN was acquired by NewsCorp in 2005. In 2007 Dave founded Jungle Disk, a pioneer and early leader in cloud-based storage and backup solutions for consumers and businesses. Jungle Disk was acquired by leading cloud provider Rackspace in 2008 and Dave worked closely with the Rackspace Cloud division to build a cloud platform supporting tens of thousands of customers. In December 2009 Dave left Rackspace to start SolidFire.