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July 2014 Vol. 13 No. 5

Ready or not, converged infrastructure systems are here

Converged infrastructures assemble components from multiple IT domains into one integrated system by combining virtualization, storage, networking and compute. A management framework is also included that allows orchestration of the entire infrastructure so that each constituent technology doesn't have to be managed separately. But from that set of basic parameters, the individual flavors vary significantly, and those different flavors are well worth a closer look. Throughout 2012-2013, we watched converged infrastructure with some degree of skepticism, with doubts about whether it would really take hold. After all, we've seen many different flavors of converged IT functionality come to market with many failing to gain much attention. But as we entered 2014, the notable successes of a few vendors left no doubt that the convergence trend is healthy and here to stay. The VMware-Cisco-EMC coalition – VCE -- topped $1 billion in revenues, and rapidly growing Nutanix appeared to crest a $100 million revenue run-rate somewhere around ...

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