Feb 19, 2015

What is converged infrastructure?

I'm hearing a new (to me, anyway) buzzword bandied about... converged infrastructure. What is it? And is it something I need to pay attention to or is it just new vendor spin on an old concept.
I don't know
Converged infrastructure operates by grouping multiple information technology (IT) components into a single, optimized computing package. Components of a converged infrastructure may include servers, data storage devices, networking equipment and software for IT infrastructure management, automation and orchestration.
for more information you can go on: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Converged_infrastructure
Converged Infrastructure (CI) has generated as much curiousity among CIOs as any IT topic.
HP came up with the name a few years ago to describe their system of combining storage, networking and computational tools into a single resource pool. Other companies have different names for what is essentially the same thing, for example, Cisco calls it the unified computing system. It's not really vendor spin, but it is a marketing driven name for something other companies offer as well.

There was a CIO article in 2013 or so ago that looks at the Converged Infrastructure trend. Since this was well over a year ago, I’d say the trend has continued. Here is a link to the article if you would like to check it out: http://www.cio.com/article/2387483/high-performance-computing/is-converged-infrastructure-the-future-of-the-data-center-.html
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