HCI Vendors and Products Definitions

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  • C

    Cisco HyperFlex

    HyperFlex systems combine software-defined storage and data services software with Cisco UCS (unified computing system), a converged infrastructure system that integrates computing, networking and storage resources to increase efficiency and enable centralized management.

  • Citrix WorkspacePod

    Citrix WorkspacePod is a converged infrastructure product that de-centralizes storage to provide scalable and consistent mobile workspace and application delivery. WorkspacePod includes compute, storage and networking resources using HP Enterprise hardware and storage virtualization technology from Sanbolic.

  • converged infrastructure

    Converged infrastructure is an approach to data center management that packages compute, networking, servers, storage and virtualization tools on a prequalified turnkey appliance.

  • 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 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

    DataCore is a software-defined storage (SDS) company, as well as an early storage virtualization software vendor, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

  • DataCore SANsymphony-V

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

  • F

    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.

  • 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

    HC3 (HyperCore 3)

    HC3 (HyperCore 3) is a hyper-converged appliance from Scale Computing.

  • Huawei Technologies

    Huawei is a Chinese information and communications technology (ICT) company that specializes in telecommunications equipment.

  • hyper-converged appliance

    A hyper-converged appliance is a hardware device that provides multiple data center management technologies within a single box.

  • hyper-converged storage

    Hyper-converged storage is a technology that combines storage, compute, networking and virtualization technologies in one physical unit that is managed as a single system.

  • hyperconvergence

    Hyperconvergence -- also spelled hyper-convergence -- is a software-centric architecture that tightly integrates compute, storage and virtualization resources in a single system that usually consists of x86 hardware.

  • HyperGrid

    HyperGrid is a cloud computing provider that offers Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and application management services. To support the DevOps movement which breaks down the silos between software development and operations teams, HyperGrid can provide support for application lifecycle management (ALM) as well as virtual machine (VM), bare metal and container deployments.

  • 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.

  • L

    Lenovo Converged HX series

    HX hyper-converged infrastructure appliances are designed for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), server virtualization, private and hybrid clouds, enterprise applications and remote/branch office (ROBO) environments.

  • 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.

  • N

    network convergence

    Network convergence is the efficient coexistence of telephone, video and data communication within a single network.

  • 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

    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.

  • SimpliVity

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

  • Stratoscale

    Stratoscale is a cloud infrastructure vendor offering software-defined data center (SDDC) technology.

  • 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.

  • Unisys

    Unisys is an American multinational information technology company that provides hardware, software, IT services and consulting.

  • V

    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.

  • virtual storage

    Virtual storage is the pooling of physical storage from multiple network storage devices into what appears to be a single storage device that is managed from a central console. The benefit of virtualization is that commodity hardware or less-expensive storage can be used to provide enterprise-class functionality.

  • VMware EVO:RAIL

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

  • VSPEX

    VSPEX is a platform specification from Dell EMC to guide the building of systems for converged and hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI).

  • VSPEX BLUE

    VSPEX™ BLUE is a hyper-converged appliance from EMC Corporation that includes compute, memory and storage resources in a single device.

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