HCI Implementation Definitions

  • 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.

  • E

    EVO:SDDC (EVO:RACK)

    EVO:RACK is the development codename for EVO:SDDC, an enterprise-level, expandable rack-mounted hyper-converged infrastructure appliance from VMware. EVO:SDDC is no longer available; its capabilities are now part of the company's Cloud Foundation software-defined data center hybrid cloud platform.

  • G

    Gridstore HyperConverged Appliance (HCA)

    Gridstore HyperConverged Appliance (HCA) is an all-flash storage device that includes compute, virtualization and networking resources. Gridstore's product was designed for Microsoft's "cloud-inspired" storage environment.

  • 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 in one unit.

  • 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.

  • N

    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.

  • Nutanix Complete Cluster (Xtreme Computing Platform)

    Nutanix Complete Cluster was one of the first hyper-converged infrastructures to hit the market. In June, 2015, Nutanix rebranded the Complete Cluster as the Xtreme Computing Platform.

  • Nutanix Inc.

    Nutanix is a storage vendor that produces a hyper-converged storage system Virtual Compute Platform.

  • 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.

  • P

    private cloud appliance

    A private cloud appliance is a hardware device that provides software-defined converged infrastructure functions for an organization’s proprietary network.

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