Converged Infrastructure Platforms
Converged Infrastructure Overview
What is Converged Infrastructure?
Converged infrastructure is an attempt to break down the traditional IT infrastructure silos by providing pre-configured bundles of hardware and software in a single chassis. This means that compute, networking, and storage resources are tightly coupled in pre-engineered packages linked together with software. Other names for this approach are “unified computing” or “datacenter in a box”.
The advantages of converged infrastructure are minimization of compatibility issues, simplified vendor management, and lower costs. Converged infrastructure eliminates the difficulty of provisioning server, storage and applications, which requires teams of people and a lot of time.
When compute, storage, and networking are combined into a pool of shared, pre-configured resources, they can be up and running in a data center in a matter of hours.
Beyond Converged InfrastructureAfter infrastructure convergence, the next step is “hyper-converged Infrastructure” where instead of being separate components engineered to work well together, hyper-converged systems are modular appliances sold by a single vendor – usually commodity hardware boxes - containing both computing, virtualization, and storage resources which can be added together for simple scaling.
Converged Infrastructure Products
HP ConvergedSystem 500 for SAP HANA is a converged infrastructure solution.
HVE ConneXions (a Sphere 3D company based in Texas) offers HVE (hybrid virtual engine) virtual desktop infrastructure, an appliance supporting desktop virtualization. The product line includes a non-converged VDI appliance and converged VDI appliances.
Hitachi Data Systems offers the Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (or Hitachi UCP) product line of converged infrastructure solutions.
OpenStack from Rackspace in San Antonio, Texas is a converged infrastructure solution.
IBM's CloudBurst is a converged infrastructure appliance.
Dell's PowerEdge FX architecture is a solution for a software-defined converged infrastructure.
Dell's PowerEdge VRTX is a converged infrastructure platform and a small office solution.
The HPE ConvergedSystem 700 is a converged infrastructure solution.
The Lenovo Converged System presents a converged infrastructure solution.
Oracle SuperCluster is a scalable converged infrastructure released in 2016 offered by the vendor to support business-critical enterprise applications and cloud services in an integrated environment.
The Oracle Private Cloud Appliance is a converged infrastructure engineered to support a private cloud, boasting ease and rapidity of deployment, and scalability.
VerstaStack, developed jointly by IBM and Cisco, is a converged infrastructure solution.
The VxBlock System from Dell EMC is a converged infrastructure system combining compute, network, storage, virtualization, and management.
The HDS Unified Compute Platform from Hitachi Data Systems is a converged infrastructure designed to support a VMware environment.