Major airlines were among the industries grabbing the most headlines in recent months for IT outages that stranded hundreds of thousands of passengers. After suffering from an outage in 2016, Delta Airlines once again announced cancellations related to a similar cause in early 2017.
The more recent IT outage led to the cancellation of 280 flights, leading to another clear sign of the problems associated with the outdated IT infrastructure used by many major airlines, as pointed out in an article by Data Center Knowledge. However, many of these companies are resistant to overhauling their systems because of the high price tag.
Yet, the costs resulting from the outages have had a huge impact with Delta estimating its previous outage in the summer of 2016 at $150 million. Southwest Airlines, which also experienced an IT outage this past summer, estimated the incident cost the company about $177 million.
While major airlines may be lagging in transitioning to more effective solutions, more companies are exploring the benefits of converged systems that feature high-density architecture and automation that allow for a robust cloud and storage environment.
According to the research firm Gartner, by 2019, hyper-converged integrated systems will make up 35 percent of the integrated system market revenue. The benefits of converged infrastructure includes:
Lower facility costs. Converged infrastructure allows for more flexibility without the high expense of an expansive data center space. By replacing legacy infrastructure, companies can create a smaller footprint without compromising on capabilities.
Reduced deployment risks. With the deployment of converged infrastructure, companies are able to work with technology that has already been tested. The approach allows for the environment to be designed beforehand. As a result, IT departments are able to minimize the complexities associated with other deployments.
Better scalability. Converged infrastructure also allows for quick deployment to more easily meet business demands. Many companies cite the ability to scale based on demand as one of the major advantages of this approach.