DELL EMC Glossary

Reference Architecture

Reference Architecture is a pre-engineered infrastructure solution that use proven configurations of compute, storage, networking and virtualization. Technology is integrated, as well as standardized, to ensure better performance, greater reliability and streamlined implementation. Many organizations are now implementing Converged Infrastructure and Hyper-converged Infrastructure instead of Reference Architecture for improved simplicity that delivers faster business outcomes.

Why Should I Consider a Reference Architecture?

Businesses who require applications to be deployed efficiently often choose Reference Architectures. While it is possible to build IT infrastructure without Reference Architectures, the process requires a significant investment of time and expertise. Reference Architectures provide business with solutions that incorporate current best practices sized to meet current businesses needs.

How Does a Reference Architecture Work?

Reference Architectures are designed and validated through extensive testing before being documented by expert engineers. Because Reference Architectures are deployed in many situations, experts incorporate adjustments from real world experience into later versions of the reference architecture. Thus, business benefits from the wisdom accumulated through many iterations of the reference architecture.

Reference architectures are not highly packaged, and in many cases are descriptive in their approach. This means that they are flexible, allowing customers to build a solution that includes components from their preferred IT vendors.

Benefits of a Reference Architecture

Deploying a new data center solution using a do-it-yourself approach provides the ultimate in flexibility, but can be complex, costly, and time consuming. A reference architecture reduces or eliminates many of the steps required to deploy new hardware. Users can customize a solution to fit their needs and realize the benefits of predictable deployments, reduced complexity, and faster time to value.