Finding the Right Type of Infrastructure Solution

There are many different infrastructure & managed IT solutions on the market to meet the various requirements of today’s businesses. The optimal solution is usually dependent on application need and on the business’s industry and whether they are a small, medium, or large company. Most often, infrastructure server decisions are made based on TCA, TCO, skills, budget, and systems management and application requirements, leading to solutions from manufacturers such as IBM, Dell, HPE, Lenovo, and others.

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Choosing Between Enterprise and Industry Standard Servers

Sometimes there’s a higher level of classification for servers. Enterprise servers handle the large, mission-critical workloads, while other servers classified as industry standard or commodity servers work for lower-capacity, lower-performance needs. Some applications perform better in a vertical scaling server, while others perform better in a cluster solution. However, in both the scale and cluster approaches, enterprise-class and industry-class can apply.

Today’s evolving technologies, such as Kubernetes, vSphere, Red Hat OpenShift, and hybrid multi-cloud solutions, are applicable and enabled on both enterprise servers and industry standard servers. The application needs to drive the infrastructure, as these emerging technologies support both equally.

Meeting Business Challenges with Enterprise-Class Servers

Most often, enterprise servers are used to run business-critical, high-performance, high-capacity workloads where reliability is a key factor. Applications such as SAP HANA and EPIC, large databases, and emerging technologies such as Blockchain are good examples of enterprise server use cases.

Enterprise servers can scale up to meet demands and deliver top performance and availability. High-performance servers allow companies to achieve the highest levels of consolidation to reduce server sprawl, ease systems management challenges, and provide advantages over clustered solutions.

Industry Standard and Commodity Servers

Industry standard and commodity servers are viewed as an economical means of building an optimized data center when workloads do not demand the high-performance or extreme high-capacity infrastructure found in a vertically scaling server. These servers are often deployed in clusters to meet the application requirements, but they are also used as standalone systems if the workload can be contained on a single industry standard server, such as may be the case with smaller or medium application needs.

Industry standard and commodity servers are usually x86-based systems. x86 servers are also the servers of choice when building a Linux or Microsoft Windows data center for running smaller databases or open-source applications that provide optimized value in a clustered implementation. They can also serve as a foundation for virtualization and cloud infrastructures. IBM Power Systems also offer industry standard servers to support Linux solutions while also supporting Unix and IBM i. 

Why You Should Go to Mainline for High-performance Servers

Mainline’s pre-sale and post-sale technical teams can guide your company through your entire server project lifecycle. We can help you assess your current data center and then plan for capacity. We handle upgrades, implementation, migrations, consolidations, and support for Enterprise and Industry standard servers.

Mainline has engineers who are experts in many types of servers. We partner with IBM, HPE, Dell, Cisco, and Lenovo. Our team works closely with our customers to ensure that they implement the ideal servers for their business needs.

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