CI Management Definitions

  • C

    converged infrastructure

    Converged infrastructure (CI) is an approach to data center management that often relies on a specific vendor and the vendor’s partners to provide pre-configured bundles 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 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 software

    Hyper-converged software is a type of virtualization platform that turns a commodity server into a hyper-converged appliance that includes compute, storage and server virtualization in one box.

  • 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

    Nutanix Prism

    Users manage Nutanix hyper-converged infrastructure technology through Prism -- software that provides management of clusters, virtual machines and networking through a single interface.

  • O

    one throat to choke

    One throat to choke is an expression used in business to describe the advantage of purchasing goods or integrated services from a single vendor.

  • S

    single pane of glass

    A single pane of glass is a phrase used by information technology (IT) marketers to describe a management console that displays information from multiple sources.

  • T

    technological convergence

    When different systems or procedures come together into one device or form factor, it's known as technology convergence.

  • V

    vendor lock-in

    Vendor lock-in is a situation in which a customer using a product or service cannot easily transition to a competitor’s product or service.

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