Converged networking was a very hot topic a few years ago. Cisco UCS, HP Virtual Connect, NextIO, Xsigo, Mellanox, and Voltaire all have had a hand in the ideology of the converged network. Cisco, however, helped make the conversation of converged networking really turn into a converged infrastructure story. The movement into highly virtualized services has made hardware components more and more commodity, forcing vendors to create new value in the solutions being presented.
What is Converged Infrastructure?
How do you define converged infrastructure? Per WIKI – Converged infrastructure packages multiple information technology (IT) components into a single, optimized computing solution. Components of a converged infrastructure solution include servers, data storage devices, networking equipment and software for IT infrastructure management, automation and orchestration.
What does this really mean? Nothing much. All of the above solutions are really just tried and tested reference architectures with varying levels of testing and supporting management applications. I need to be very clear about calling out of “Single Vendor Support”. Many of the below solutions technically have a single number to call in the event of a support issue and the ownership of multi-vendor communication is owned by a single vendor.
Single Vendor Support
*VCE & IBM PureSystems technically would take and manage support calls, however the solutions still contain more one vendor’s products.
Nutanix and Simplivity?
New players to the seen are Nutanix and Simplivity. Both had an impressive showing at VMWorld 2012. They are a brick based converged infrastructure which tightly couples computer and storage in a expandable cluster model. These are unique as they have been designed from day one as a single solution for virtualization, not a combination of server, networking, and storage products available separately. They have features such as clustered shared storage, single management , deduplication, and are tightly integrated. They are focused on the mid-enterprise, reach down to medium business, and are being pulled into the large enterprise.
- More From VCE At Cisco Live 2012 (chucksblog.emc.com)
- Was 2012 Year of the Converged Infrastructure Solutions? (blogs.cisco.com)
- Converged Infrastructure Moving to a New “Adolescent” Generation (servicesangle.com)
- Cisco gets closer to NetApp, further from VCE (computerworld.co.nz)
- The stovepipe vs the grid (storagemojo.com)
- Hardware, Software, what about Valueware? (storageioblog.com)