Converged System Implementation Definitions

  • C

    converged infrastructure

    Converged infrastructure is an approach to data center management that packages compute, networking, servers, storage and virtualization tools on a prequalified turnkey appliance.dles of hardware and software in a single chassis.

  • converged infrastructure reference architecture

    A converged infrastructure reference architecture is a document that stipulates the components, design and configuration a CI appliance, which includes storage, compute and networking resources within a single-box system.

  • D

    data center bridging (DCB)

    DCB is a suite of IEEE standards designed to enable lossless transport over Ethernet and a converged network for all data center applications.

  • data center capacity planning

    Data center capacity planning ensures that an IT organization has enough facility space, power and computing resources to support average and peak workloads.

  • data center in a box

    A data center in a box, also called a containerized or modular data center,  is a self-contained computing facility that is manufactured in a factory and shipped to a location. 

  • data center infrastructure management (DCIM)

    Data center infrastructure management (DCIM) is the convergence of IT and data center facilities functions within an organization.

  • data warehouse appliance

    A data warehouse appliance is an all-in-one “black box” solution optimized for data warehousing.  The appliance consists of a server pre-built with operating system, storage, database management system (DBMS), and software. 

  • H

    hyper-converged appliance

    A hyper-converged appliance is a hardware device that provides multiple data center management technologies within a single box.

  • hyper-converged network

    A hyper-converged network is a network that combines compute and storage network resources into a single preconfigured stack, server or brick with heavy use of virtualization. Typically, a hyper-converged network is built on server hardware that uses virtualized storage, unifying all hard disks or SSD’s into a single storage stack.

  • hyper-converged storage

    Hyper-converged storage is a technology that combines storage, compute, networking and virtualization technologies in one physical unit that is managed as a single system.

  • hyper-convergence

    Hyper-convergence (hyperconvergence) is a type of infrastructure system with a software-centric architecture that tightly integrates compute, storage, networking and virtualization resources and other technologies from scratch in a commodity hardware box supported by a single vendor.

  • I

    integrated stack

    An integrated stack is a vendor product that provides an enterprise information technology (IT) customer with a scalable network, storage and server infrastructure that comes pre-loaded with virtualization, automation and management software.

  • M

    modular datacenter

    Sun Microsystems' Modular Datacenter (known as "Project Blackbox" in the prototype phase) is a mobile and virtualized data center packaged in a standard 20-foot shipping container... (Continued)

  • N

    network convergence

    Network convergence is the efficient coexistence of telephone, video and data communication within a single network.

  • Nutanix Acropolis

    Acropolis is a free server virtualization hypervisor developed by vendor Nutanix that is packaged on hyper-converged appliances, and can be used alongside competing hypervisors.

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