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Comparing 3 of the Top Converged Infrastructure Offerings

In an effort to make efficient use of resources while at the same time reducing overall complexity and management overhead, IT departments and data centers are opting more and more for converged infrastructure options. Indeed, companies from small businesses up to large international firms can benefit from converged infrastructure offerings.

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular converged infrastructure offerings and see just how they stack up:

1.    Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS). Five years in, UCS is the oldest player in the marketplace. Given that Cisco was a newcomer into the server arena, they had the advantage of being able to consider at length just what kinds of problems faced by IT. For example, at the very start of things they put both IP networking and Fibre Channel on the back-end infrastructure. Today, UCS is scalable, and there are offerings that support remote or branch offices. The Cisco UCS line fits the data center well, mixing fine with most operating systems. The primary UCS drawbacks are the high initial price and the three year warranty (the competition generally goes five years).

2.    NetApp FlexPod. NetApp is a significant player in the converged infrastructure arena, and with good reason. Built on UCS B-series and VMware, FlexPod relies on the FAS storage arrays from NetApp. Any of the FAS arrays are available to be used, and they all operate using Data OnTAP from NetApp. There is support for Hyper-V and bare metal OSes. There is no unified management interface, requiring customers to use separate interfaces for storage, network and computing. There are third-party apps, however, that work on a robust set of APIs to offer management via a single pane of glas.

3.    HP VirtualSystem. HP offers a variety of modular systems including end-to-end management and a maximizing of client and virtual server performance. It also provides a basis for HP CloudSystems. HP AppSystems offers integrated sytems designed for dedicated workloads, and HP Matrix lets you use HP Insight and InsightDynamics to pull from pooled server, storage and network infrastructures.

Your choice of converged infrastructure will, to a large degree, be determined by your need for simplicity of management, flexibility and unique needs such as branch and remote offices.

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