Converged Infrastructure15Converged Infrastructure platforms and appliances provide an efficiency-boosting approach to data center infrastructure for delivering virtualization or deploying a private cloud, achieved by combining data center components into an appliance form factor that can be centrally managed and that is easier to scale.Oracle Exalogic1 Vblock2 ConvergedSystem 500 for SAP HANA3 OneXafe5 PureSystems7 Appliance8 EMC VxBlock System9 Unified Compute Platform CI Series10 PowerEdge VRTX11 ConvergedSystem 70012 Converged HX Series (Discontinued)13 SuperCluster14 Private Cloud Appliance15 Database Exadata Cloud Service16 CloudBurst17 PowerEdge FX18

Converged Infrastructure Platforms

Converged Infrastructure Overview

What is Converged Infrastructure?

Converged infrastructure breaks down traditional IT infrastructure silos by providing pre-configured bundles of hardware and software in a single chassis. Converged infrastructure packages compute, networking, and storage together and links them using software. Other names for this approach to infrastructure are “unified computing” or “datacenter in a box”.

Converged infrastructure helps businesses to minimize compatibility issues, simplify vendor management, and lower costs. Converged infrastructure eliminates the difficulty of provisioning servers, 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 Infrastructure

After 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.

Features & Capabilities

  • All in one Infrastructure Package

  • Reduced Storage Expenses

  • Reduced Operating Expenses

  • Single Console Management

  • Virtualized Storage

Converged Infrastructure Comparison

When comparing different Converged Infrastructure offerings, consider the following.

  1. Services included: Some converged infrastructures include the basics for making IT infrastructures “cloud-ready” including storage and networking, while others provide additional features. If your business is looking for more than the essentials, make sure you check what each offering includes.

  2. Security Features: Converged infrastructure solutions include storage and networking features that facilitate the transfer of data. If your business makes use of sensitive data it is important to think about security features offered by converged infrastructure solutions you are considering.

  3. Compatibility: Converged Infrastructures include packages of products that are built to work well together. If your business has other systems that exist outside this infrastructure, however, it is important to consider how they can be integrated with the converged infrastructure solutions you are considering.

Pricing Information

Pricing for converged infrastructure is dependent on what exactly is included in the converged infrastructure package. Additionally, most converged infrastructure vendors do not provide public pricing information, though businesses can reach out to vendors for a quote.

Converged Infrastructure Products

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StorageCraft OneXafe is a high performance scale-out file storage appliance, replacing the former Exablox line of scale-out devices acquired by StorageCraft in January 2017 to boost that company's product line.

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.

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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.

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VersaStack(TM) Converged Infrastructure solution, jointly developed by IBM and Cisco, aims to deliver efficiency, performance and economics. It combines a comprehensive set of converged infrastructure and software-defined technologies from IBM and Cisco. Using VersaStack, organizations can moder…

Frequently Asked Questions

How is converged infrastructure different from hyper-converged infrastructure?

Converged infrastructure is one package of systems built to work together, while hyper-converged infrastructure solutions are more modular. Businesses can purchase individual pieces of hyper-converged infrastructure solutions, making them highly scalable, while converged infrastructure is typically an all-in-one purchase.

What are the benefits of converged infrastructure solutions?

One of the biggest benefits of converges infrastructure solutions is that they are all-in-one systems packages that work out of the box. Users will not have to worry about integrations or multiple implementations for storage and networking when using converged infrastructure.

What should I look for in a converged infrastructure solution?

You should consider what systems you need, as well as what systems you already have that will need to integrate with converged infrastructure. You should also consider what systems you need to scale as you grow. If you need storage to scale, you may consider a hyper-converged infrastructure solution instead.