Analyst Report: Converged Infrastructure: Cloud-Based Intelligent Operations

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Analysis

Over the next few years, the majority of IT infrastructure will be delivered through converged offerings that bring together compute, storage and networking. Converged infrastructure is a positive response to IT’s demand for greater agility, simplicity, and scale.

Converged infrastructure provides economic, technical, and business benefits over traditional, often siloed servers, storage, and networking resources. With it, vendors integrate hardware, software, storage, and networking with infrastructure management software to support the deployment of new applications. The next step is to provide interfaces that align more easily with legacy systems.

This report will help CIOs, systems administrators, IT directors, cloud architects, and business decision-makers understand the value of converged infrastructure and virtualized systems.

Key findings from this report include:

  • Converged infrastructure can improve agility and simplicity in operating and managing virtualized and bare-metal systems.
  • Converged infrastructure best practices will be be important for deploying private-cloud computing and services.
  • Converged infrastructure will play a larger role in accessing the public and hybrid clouds.

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Table of Contents

  1. Summary
  2. What Is Converged Infrastructure and How Has It Evolved?
  3. Converged Infrastructure’s Benefits for Enterprises
  4. Key Takeaways
  5. About Robert B. Cohen
  6. About Gigaom Research

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