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How convergence can make your storage more valuable
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of June 1, 2012
The term “convergence” may have been overused by IT marketers, but it’s an important concept that should represent an ongoing design principle and can maximize storage investments. Convergence may be one of the geekiest IT terms around, and it often defies definition. Over the past five years, we’ve seen convergence take center stage then get lost in a crowd of ambiguity. Overused and often hijacked, “convergence” has been a buzzword associated with everything from multiprotocol/multifunction network fabrics to unified and/or multifunction block and file storage systems. For data storage shops, convergence should actually represent an ongoing design principle, and its influence on emerging and evolving technologies is increasing. Moreover, because convergence typically promises a favorable financial impact, it should be a primary consideration in any technology strategic decision. @pb The benefits of convergence In the data center, convergence in various domains (such as network, compute, storage or switching) can help rein in ...
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The term “convergence” may have been overused by IT marketers, but it’s an important concept that should represent an ongoing design principle and can maximize storage investments.