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October 2014

Buyer’s checklist to converged infrastructure systems

Sponsored by SearchDataCenter.com

Converged infrastructure systems bundle storage with servers and the necessary networking gear into a single rack. The appeal to users is that all the components are already integrated and tested and—theoretically, at least—ready to run when the power is switched on. Advocates of converged systems say the technology represents the quickest and easiest route to production deployment; those who are less enamored with the packaging concept say users are likely to sacrifice best of breed for convenience. Most storage vendors offer converged systems by partnering with other vendors for the server and networking components. A few vendors that sell a wider variety of IT products may have all the necessary parts to assemble their own converged infrastructure packages. But converged infrastructure goes beyond the convenience of preconfigured hardware. Vendors distinguish their offerings by bundling hardware configurations designed for specific applications, while others may include hypervisor software ready for server or desktop virtualization. This Buyer’s Checklist describes the key features to consider as you evaluate converged systems, and explains which types of applications and use cases are best suited for implementation on converged infrastructure systems.

Table Of Contents

  • Converged infrastructure alternatives
  • Weighing the benefits
  • Considering converged
  • The role of flash in converged architectures
  • Key features of converged infrastructure products