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Demystifying Converged Infrastructure

These data center building blocks consolidate storage, compute, virtualization and networking into one product. We look under the hood to find out exactly what that means.
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Converged infrastructure (CI) has become one of the handful of next big things changing data centers dramatically. With CI, vendors bundle typical computing components -- storage, compute, hypervisor and networking -- into prepackaged data center building blocks, allowing for easy implementation and scalability. VCE, a joint project by VMware, Cisco, and EMC formed the first converged product, the Vblock, which combined technology in a preconfigured format in accordance with a reference architecture. From there, vendors Nutanix and SimpliVity built and shipped smaller converged products.

Now, converged infrastructure products have moved beyond packaging exercises to add sophisticated functionality like management consoles and traditional storage features like dedupe, compression and backup. While storage vendors were some of the first to enter the converged market, more have joined the field. These products are generally available as appliances, with some software-only vendors in the mix.

Converged infrastructures are finding fans where IT teams need simplicity, such as in a business with limited staff resources or for a greenfield deployment or new workloads. VDI is also a good use case for converged infrastructure, as it allows businesses to access flash storage at a lower cost. However, CI also brings vendor lock-in, and diagnosing specific problems within the converged box can be difficult.

(Image: André Hofmeister/Flickr)

 

Christine Cignoli is a freelance writer specializing in enterprise technology. She is a former editor at Storage magazine and co-founded Modern Infrastructure Contact her at christinecignoli@gmail.com or on LinkedIn. View Full Bio

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virsingh211
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virsingh211,
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9/21/2015 | 4:54:34 PM
Re: hyperconverged infrastructure
More than document, this sounds like promotion or publicity. Most of the Benefits they publish are already in place now. Although i cannot ignore relevance of hyperconverged infrastructure but yes before that i am curious to find alternates or low budget solutions.
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srreeee,
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9/14/2015 | 10:39:33 AM
Re: hyperconverged infrastructure
thanks for the info 
MarciaNWC
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MarciaNWC,
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9/11/2015 | 11:28:05 AM
Re: hyperconverged infrastructure
Hi virsingh, I looked around for more details on the power consumption aspect of converged infrastructure and couldn't find much; this paper that has some information, but it's marketing a specific technology.
virsingh211
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virsingh211,
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9/11/2015 | 7:04:46 AM
Re: hyperconverged infrastructure
Converged infrastructure will help us in low down our limits in Power, Storage and Cooling but to my curosity we will be deploying virtual systems and high end processors which in return will eliminate good amount of heat. I am still confused how we can reduce power consumption and cooling requirement.
MarciaNWC
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MarciaNWC,
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9/10/2015 | 1:46:15 PM
hyperconverged infrastructure
There was a good deal of news on the hyperconverged infrastructure front last week at VMworld, with VMware announcing EVO SDDC and changes in EVO:RAIL pricing and VCE unveiling a hyperconverged system that includes EVO SDDC.
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