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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.
  • converged storage - Converged storage is the combination of storage and computing hardware and processes to speed delivery time, optimize application performance, and minimize power, cooling, and physical space requirements in virtualized and cloud-based environments.
  • 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).
  • 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 software-defined approach to storage management that combines storage, compute, virtualization and sometimes networking technologies in one physical unit that is managed as a single system.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • IT/OT convergence - IT/OT convergence is the integration of information technology (IT) systems with operational technology (OT) systems.
  • Kubernetes - Kubernetes, also referred to as K8s, is an open source system used to manage Linux Containers across private, public and hybrid cloud environments.
  • 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.
  • What is hyper-converged infrastructure? Guide to HCI - Hyper-converged infrastructure is a software-centric architecture that tightly integrates compute, storage and virtualization resources in a single system that usually consists of x86 hardware.
  • WSO2 - WSO2 is a middleware vendor that sells open source application program interface (API) management software.
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