Converged System Implementation Definitions

  • 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 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

    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.

  • ScaleIO

    ScaleIO is a software-defined storage software product from Dell EMC that uses existing hardware or EMC servers to turn direct-attached storage (DAS) into shared block storage.

  • SDDC (software-defined data center)

    An SDDC (software-defined data center) is a data storage facility in which networking, storage, CPU and security are virtualized and delivered as a service.

  • single pane of glass

    A single pane of glass is a management console that presents data from multiple sources in a unified display. The glass, in this case, is a computer monitor or mobile device screen.

  • T

    technological convergence

    Technological convergence is a term that describes the layers of abstraction that enable different technologies to interoperate efficiently as a converged system.

  • U

    unified computing system (UCS)

    A unified computing system (UCS) is is a converged data center architecture that integrates computing, networking and storage resources to increase efficiency and enable centralized management.

  • 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.

  • VersaStack

    VersaStack is a converged infrastructure reference architecture developed as a collaborative effort of IBM and Cisco. A converged infrastructure (CI) reference architecture is a document specifying the design, components and configuration of a CI system.

  • VMware EVO:RAIL

    VMware EVO:RAIL is a set of hyper-converged infrastructure appliances VMware sold with hardware partners from 2014 to 2016.

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