Converged infrastructure Definitions

This glossary explains the meaning of key words and phrases that information technology (IT) and business professionals use when discussing converged infrastructure and related software products. You can find additional definitions by visiting WhatIs.com or using the search box below.

  • L

    Lustre

    Lustre is an open source parallel distributed file system (DFS) specialized for large-scale cluster computing. The name is a portmanteau of Linux and cluster.

  • M

    Maxta MxSP (Maxta Storage Platform)

    The Maxta Storage Platform is a hyper-converged infrastructure product that is sold as software or a reference architecture and used for virtual machine storage.

  • 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.

  • Nimboxx Inc.

    Nimboxx Inc. was a hyper-converged infrastructure vendor that began shipping its Atomic Unit system in 2014. Atomic Unit could be purchased in three configurations.

  • Nutanix

    Nutanix is a hyper-converged infrastructure pioneer that markets its technology as a building block for private clouds.

  • 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 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.

  • Oracle Big Data Appliance

    Oracle Big Data Appliance is a converged hardware and software platform for big data that can be used to capture and analyze data from a wide variety of sources. 

  • P

    Pivot3

    Pivot3 is a hyperconverged appliance vendor that has deployed over 16,000 infrastructures and all-flash arrays in over 50 countries around the world.

  • private cloud appliance

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

  • S

    SAN/NAS convergence

    SAN/NAS convergence is the merging of network attached storage (NAS) with storage area network (SAN) technologies through the use of newer techniques that overcome incompatibilities between the two.

  • Scale Computing

    Scale Computing is a hyper-converged infrastructure vendor that ships the HC3, a scale-out storage system for virtual environments that uses Red Hat's KVM hypervisor.

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