To Converge Infrastructure or Not, That Is the Question

To Converge Infrastructure or Not, That Is the Question
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The Converged Infrastructure ConceptThe Converged Infrastructure ConceptConcept of a Converged Infrastructure one of the largest data center growth areas.

One of the largest growth areas in the data center throughout 2011 has been the concept of a Converged Infrastructure, and everyone wants a piece of the pie including HP, IBM, Dell, and VCE (the VMware, Cisco, EMC alliance). All of these manufacturers will tell you that converged infrastructure is the greatest thing to happen to the X86 space in the data center since, well, we started building datac enters.

However, like any technology, this is not a one size fits all solution. While there are many great advantages to the converged infrastructure concept, there can also be drawbacks. In this post, I want to cut through the fat and discuss the pros/cons of converged infrastructure and hopefully generate some conversation in the community around where this concept fits and where it may not.

To set the stage, let’s first define what a converged infrastructure is. At its most basic level it is a validated configuration which combines physical compute, networking, and storage resources to form a single “out-of-the-box” solution. Layer on unified or single pane of glass management, validated patch sets across the entire infrastructure, and single throat to choke support and there you have it, converged infrastructure.

Obviously, that is a simplified definition but should serve the purpose for our conversation today. Now that we’re on the same page as far as the definition, let’s take a look at some pros and cons.

Chris Ward is an expert in all aspects of virtualization and has extensive experience in small to enterprise level environments. As GreenPages Technology's VP of Consulting and Integration and a contributor to the journey to the cloud blog, He is responsible for overseeing pre sales technical activities, vendor relationships and selection and post sales delivery. Chris’ technical career began as a field consultant specializing in Novell and Microsoft technologies, and was one of the first to deploy a virtualized desktop environment on top of VMware in 2004, before the VDI acronym even existed.

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