Converged System Vendors Definitions

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  • A

    Atlantis Computing

    Atlantis Computing is a hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) software and hardware vendor.

  • D

    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 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. 

  • DataCore SANsymphony-V

    DataCore SANsymphony-V is a storage virtualization platform that pools capacity of heterogeneous storage hardware.

  • F

    Fujitsu Ltd.

    Fujitsu Ltd. is a Japanese technology company that specializes in consumer and industrial electronics. Fujitsu’s products include servers, PCs, laptops, media centers, tablets, storage hardware, displays, air conditioning and heat pump units.

  • NetApp FlexPod

    NetApp FlexPod is a reference architecture for server, storage and networking components that are pretested and validated to work together as an integrated infrastructure stack.

  • H

    Hitachi Vantara (formerly Hitachi Data Systems or HDS)

    Hitachi Vantara is a data storage systems provider, previously known as Hitachi Data Systems (HDS).

  • HPE OneView (formerly HP OneView)

    HPE OneView, formerly known as HP OneView, is a converged infrastructure management platform that provides a unified interface for the administration of software-defined systems in a data center.

  • I

    IBM Pureflex

    IBM PureFlex is a combined hardware and software system for data centers that delivers infrastructure as a system (IaaS) optimized for scalable cloud computing.

  • 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

    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

    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. 

  • 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.

  • SimpliVity

    SimpliVity Corp. is the Westborough, Massachusetts vendor of the hyper-converged storage product OmniCube.

  • Supermicro

    Supermicro is a company that specializes in x86-64 server technology. The company targets consumer and enterprise markets and maintains a focus on power efficiency and green technology.

  • 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

    Dell EMC VxRail

    Dell EMC VxRail is a hyper-converged appliance.

  • 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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