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.

  • S

    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.

  • SimpliVity

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

  • 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.

  • Stratoscale

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

  • 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.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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).

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