Hyperconverged-infrastructure definitions

A datacenter infrastructure from a single vendor that provides cloudlike services for enterprises. In the following history of hyperconvergence, the term "compute" means server hardware.Legacy Infrastructure (Non-Converged)Customers place separate orders for compute, network storage and virtualization software and perform all necessary installation and integration.Converged InfrastructureCompute, network storage and virtualization from different vendors are packaged as one product. The pioneer is Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) from EMC, which includes a common management console. However, each software component has its own update cycles.Hyperconverged InfrastructureHyperconvergence provides a server blade that includes compute, local storage and virtualization managed by a single software dashboard that handles all elements as a single pool of resources. Server blades can be easily scaled with minimal configuration. In many cases, hyperconvergence implies eliminating the expense and administration of the storage area network (see SAN).Nutanix is the pioneer in this field offering server blades with its Acropolis distributed storage, Prism management layer and Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV).
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