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Converged infrastructure: Words2Go Glossary

Converged infrastructure is a hot topic right now. And why not? The idea of purchasing turnkey data center components that are designed from the get-go for virtualization and cloud computing is very appealing. It's great for start-ups who want to avoid a messy patchwork quilt of potentially incompatible hardware, software and networking components. The concept is also appealing to data center administrators who are looking at private or hybrid cloud deployments and have learned the hard way that “do it yourself” projects typically don’t scale out well. This glossary will help you understand the key terms associated with converged infrastructure.

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Words2Go: Ten terms you need to know

application management - programming for overseeing the installation, patching and updating and perhaps access of software applications.

converged infrastructure - an approach to data center management that uses a specific vendor and the vendor’s partners to provide pre-configured bundles of hardware and software.

datacenter in a box - a self-contained computing facility that is manufactured in a factory and shipped to a location. Also called a containerized or modular data center.

FlexPod - a reference architecture for server, storage and networking components that are pre-tested and validated to work together as an integrated infrastructure stack.

integrated stack - a bundled vendor product that provides a scalable network, storage and server infrastructure with pre-loaded virtualization, automation and management software.

IT service catalog - a list of available technology resources and offerings within an organization. An IT service catalog is a useful tool for communicating the value an IT department brings to a business.

muti-tenancy - is an architecture in which a single instance of a software application serves multiple customers.

policy-based management - an administrative approach that is used to simplify the management of a given endeavor by establishing policies to deal with situations that are likely to occur.

private cloud - a proprietary computing architecture that provides hosted services to a limited number of corporate customers behind a firewall.

reference architecture – a framework that documents a computer system and the configurations it supports.

 

This was last updated in September 2012

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