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Converged infrastructure

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  • Atlantis Computing - Atlantis Computing is a hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) software and hardware vendor.
  • Cisco HyperFlex - HyperFlex systems combine software-defined storage and data services software with Cisco UCS (unified computing system), a converged infrastructure system that integrates computing, networking and storage resources to increase efficiency and enable centralized management.
  • Citrix WorkspacePod - Citrix WorkspacePod is a converged infrastructure product that de-centralizes storage to provide scalable and consistent mobile workspace and application delivery.
  • continuous modeling (data center continuous modeling) - Continuous modeling is an approach to data center management that supplements infrastructure management (DCIM) tools with engineering simulation tools such as computational fluid dynamics (CFD).
  • converged infrastructure - Converged infrastructure is an approach to data center management that packages compute, networking, servers, storage and virtualization tools on a prequalified turnkey appliance.
  • converged infrastructure reference architecture - A converged infrastructure reference architecture is a document that stipulates the components, design and configuration a CI appliance, which includes storage, compute and networking resources within a single-box system.
  • critical infrastructure and key resources (CIKR) - Critical infrastructure and key resources (CIKR) is the collective of natural and man-made resources, along with the systems for their processing and delivery, upon which a nation depends on for functioning.
  • data center bridging (DCB) - DCB is a suite of IEEE standards designed to enable lossless transport over Ethernet and a converged network for all data center applications.
  • data center capacity planning - Data center capacity planning ensures that an IT organization has enough facility space, power and computing resources to support average and peak workloads.
  • data center in a box - A data center in a box, also called a containerized or modular data center,  is a self-contained computing facility that is manufactured in a factory and shipped to a location.
  • data center infrastructure management (DCIM) - Data center infrastructure management (DCIM) is the convergence of IT and data center facilities functions within an organization.
  • data warehouse appliance - A data warehouse appliance is an all-in-one “black box” solution optimized for data warehousing.
  • DataCore - DataCore is a software-defined storage (SDS) company, as well as an early storage virtualization software vendor, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Dell EMC - Dell EMC is an American multinational technology company that offers products and services across all areas of computing, networking and storage.
  • Dell EMC VxRail - Dell EMC VxRail is a hyper-converged appliance.
  • disaggregated server - A disaggregated server is a server that breaks up components and resources into subsystems.
  • EVO:SDDC (EVO:RACK) - EVO:RACK is the development codename for EVO:SDDC, an enterprise-level, expandable rack-mounted hyper-converged infrastructure appliance from VMware.
  • Gridstore HyperConverged Appliance (HCA) - Gridstore HyperConverged Appliance (HCA) is an all-flash storage device that includes compute, virtualization and networking resources.
  • hands-off infrastructure management - Hands-off infrastructure management is the remote, automated administration of server, storage and network resources.
  • HC3 (HyperCore 3) - HC3 (HyperCore 3) is a hyper-converged appliance from Scale Computing.
  • Hitachi Vantara (formerly Hitachi Data Systems or HDS) - Hitachi Vantara is a data storage systems provider, previously known as Hitachi Data Systems (HDS).
  • horizontal scalability (scaling out) - Horizontal scalability is the ability to connect multiple hardware or software entities so that they work as a single logical unit.
  • HPE OneView (formerly HP OneView) - HPE OneView, formerly known as HP OneView, is a converged infrastructure management platform that provides a unified interface for the administration of software-defined systems in a data center.
  • Huawei Technologies - Huawei is a Chinese information and communications technology (ICT) company that specializes in telecommunications equipment.
  • hyper-converged appliance - A hyper-converged appliance is a hardware device that provides multiple data center management technologies within a single box.
  • hyper-converged network - A hyper-converged network is a network that combines compute and storage network resources into a single preconfigured stack, server or brick with heavy use of virtualization.
  • hyper-converged software - Hyper-converged software is a type of virtualization platform that turns a commodity server into a hyper-converged appliance that includes compute, storage and server virtualization in one box.
  • hyper-converged storage - Hyper-converged storage is a technology that combines storage, compute, networking and virtualization technologies in one physical unit that is managed as a single system.
  • hyperconvergence - Hyperconvergence -- also spelled hyper-convergence -- is a software-centric architecture that tightly integrates compute, storage and virtualization resources in a single system that usually consists of x86 hardware.
  • HyperGrid - HyperGrid is a cloud computing provider that offers Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and application management services.
  • IBM Pureflex - IBM PureFlex is a combined hardware and software system for data centers that delivers infrastructure as a system (IaaS) optimized for scalable cloud computing.
  • infrastructure management (IM) - For an organization's information technology, infrastructure management (IM) is the management of essential operation components, such as policies, processes, equipment, data, human resources, and external contacts, for overall effectiveness.
  • integrated stack - An integrated stack is a vendor product that provides an enterprise information technology (IT) customer with a scalable network, storage and server infrastructure that comes pre-loaded with virtualization, automation and management software.
  • Lenovo Converged HX series - HX hyper-converged infrastructure appliances are designed for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), server virtualization, private and hybrid clouds, enterprise applications and remote/branch office (ROBO) environments.
  • Lustre - Lustre is an open source parallel distributed file system (DFS) specialized for large-scale cluster computing.
  • modular datacenter - Sun Microsystems' Modular Datacenter (known as "Project Blackbox" in the prototype phase) is a mobile and virtualized data center packaged in a standard 20-foot shipping container.
  • NetApp FlexPod - NetApp FlexPod is a reference architecture for server, storage and networking components that are pretested and validated to work together as an integrated infrastructure stack.
  • network convergence - Network convergence is the efficient coexistence of telephone, video and data communication within a single network.
  • Nutanix - Nutanix is a hyper-converged infrastructure pioneer that markets its technology as a building block for private clouds.
  • Nutanix Acropolis - Acropolis is a free server virtualization hypervisor developed by vendor Nutanix that is packaged on hyper-converged appliances, and can be used alongside competing hypervisors.
  • Nutanix Complete Cluster (Xtreme Computing Platform) - Nutanix Complete Cluster was one of the first hyper-converged infrastructures to hit the market.
  • Nutanix Prism - Users manage Nutanix hyper-converged infrastructure technology through Prism -- software that provides management of clusters, virtual machines and networking through a single interface.
  • one throat to choke - One throat to choke is an expression used in business to describe the advantage of purchasing goods or integrated services from a single vendor.
  • Oracle Big Data Appliance - Oracle Big Data Appliance is a converged hardware and software platform for big data that can be used to capture and analyze data from a wide variety of sources.
  • Pivot3 - Pivot3 is a hyperconverged appliance vendor that has deployed over 16,000 infrastructures and all-flash arrays in over 50 countries around the world.
  • private cloud appliance - A private cloud appliance is a hardware device that provides software-defined converged infrastructure functions for an organization’s proprietary network.
  • reference architecture - A reference architecture is a document or set of documents to which a project manager or other interested party can refer to for best practices.
  • SAN/NAS convergence - SAN/NAS convergence is the merging of network attached storage (NAS) with storage area network (SAN) technologies through the use of newer techniques that overcome incompatibilities between the two.
  • ScaleIO - ScaleIO is a software-defined storage software product from Dell EMC that uses existing hardware or EMC servers to turn direct-attached storage (DAS) into shared block storage.
  • SDDC (software-defined data center) - An SDDC (software-defined data center) is a data storage facility in which networking, storage, CPU and security are virtualized and delivered as a service.
  • SimpliVity - SimpliVity Corp.
  • single pane of glass - A single pane of glass is a management console that presents data from multiple sources in a unified display.
  • software-defined infrastructure control (SDIC) - Software-defined infrastructure control (SDIC) is an analytics-driven approach to balancing the resources that application programs demand in virtual and cloud environments.
  • Stratoscale - Stratoscale is a cloud infrastructure vendor offering software-defined data center (SDDC) technology.
  • Supermicro - Supermicro is a company that specializes in x86-64 server technology.
  • technological convergence - Technological convergence is a term that describes the layers of abstraction that enable different technologies to interoperate efficiently as a converged system.
  • unified computing system (UCS) - A unified computing system (UCS) is is a converged data center architecture that integrates computing, networking and storage resources to increase efficiency and enable centralized management.
  • Vblock (VCE Vblock) - Vblock is VCE’s hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) product family.
  • vendor lock-in - Vendor lock-in is a situation in which a customer using a product or service cannot easily transition to a competitor’s product or service.
  • VersaStack - VersaStack is a converged infrastructure reference architecture developed as a collaborative effort of IBM and Cisco.
  • VMware EVO:RAIL - VMware EVO:RAIL is a set of hyper-converged infrastructure appliances VMware sold with hardware partners from 2014 to 2016.
  • VSPEX - VSPEX is a platform specification from Dell EMC to guide the building of systems for converged and hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI).
  • VSPEX BLUE - VSPEX™ BLUE is a hyper-converged appliance from EMC Corporation that includes compute, memory and storage resources in a single device.

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