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Market Overview: Converged Infrastructure Solutions In 2013, Part 1 Of 2

The Benefits And Taxonomy Of Converged Infrastructure Solutions

September 6, 2013

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The leading IT infrastructure hardware vendors, such as Cisco Systems, Dell, EMC, Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), HP, IBM, and Oracle, have offered basic converged infrastructure (CI) solutions for several years. In 2013, Forrester estimated that nearly 40% of IT infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals will have implemented these solutions. However, in the last 18 months, CI offerings have matured beyond their original blade-based roots. Today, I&O professionals have three distinct categories of CI offerings to choose from: modular converged infrastructure architectures, integrated application-specific platforms, and software-defined infrastructure solutions. This report helps I&O professionals understand how converged infrastructure solutions have matured, what benefits they offer, and presents a new taxonomy to evaluate CI offerings. A second report in this series will detail the vendor and solution landscape.

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Table of Contents

  • Do-It-Yourself Infrastructure Solutions Require Too Much IT Attention
  • Tightly Coupled Vendor Solutions Can Ease The Pain
  • The Three New Orthogonal Characteristics Of CI Solutions
  • A New Taxonomy To Evaluate Today's CI Solutions
  • CI Isn't As Cloud Ready As The Vendors Say
  • WHAT IT MEANS

  • Stop Fussing With Infrastructure And Focus On Raising Business Value
  • Supplemental Material
  • Related Research Documents