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Why I'm Excited About Converged Infrastructure

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Virtualization and Cloud Solutions Architect Bill Kleyman describes trends in converged infrastructure that are reshaping the cloud computing environment. Check out this two-minute video and then share your thoughts in the comments.

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aditshar
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aditshar,
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11/16/2013 | 3:14:09 PM
What else
Thanx Bill for putting this topic here, getting down to siloed architectures and IT sprawl, virtualizing IP and Fibre Channel storage networking...sounds really interesting ...but thing, who will manage it..say 2 competitors sharing same infrastructure for some reason ...how easy you find them to handle...
virsingh211
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virsingh211,
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11/16/2013 | 4:36:44 PM
Re: What else
Converged Datacenter is requirement of today seeking to power comsumption and infrastructure cost..i think it should work in same manner as cloud works...security still top's the concern list of Cxx section.
SaneIT
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SaneIT,
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11/18/2013 | 7:57:53 AM
Simplicity through convergence
One thing that I didn't hear him mention is that converged infrastructure has really simplified a lot of the formerly disperate systems.  In years past you had to have your SAN infrastructure and then tie all of your servers to it then you had the LAN infrastructure, etc.  By converging some of these pieces you really make your headaches go away since you can push all of your traffic across bigger pipes and shorter distances when you're in a SMB environment.  
HaileyMcK
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HaileyMcK,
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11/19/2013 | 10:03:06 AM
well done
Thanks, Bill... you've hit the nail on the head with this one. Virtualization and cloud are huge drivers--and we have to evolve with them.
Bill Kleyman
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Bill Kleyman,
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11/19/2013 | 10:35:06 AM
Re: What else
@aditshar - Great point and great seeing you on the boards :) Honestly, you'd be surprised how well competing systems can work together. Example: Deploying Citrix on VMware. When designing your environment - management is a critical part of the planning process. With that in mind, it's important to create your data center model where management of heterogenous systems won't be an issue.
Bill Kleyman
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Bill Kleyman,
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11/19/2013 | 10:36:39 AM
Re: What else
@virsing211 - When is security not a concern :) Especially when it comes to cloud and traffic traversing the WAN. Converged systems will continue to make an impact on the modern data center. This will happen from a density, efficiency, resiliency, and even security perspective. 
Bill Kleyman
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Bill Kleyman,
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11/19/2013 | 10:38:25 AM
Re: Simplicity through convergence
@SaneIT - You're absolutely right! The simplification that a converged system brings is quite impressive. We have one management console, one place to control all core resources, and an easy way to scale out as needed. Plus, with costs becoming even more competitive - SMBs can get into the converged infrastructure game as well. 
Bill Kleyman
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Bill Kleyman,
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11/19/2013 | 10:40:04 AM
Re: well done
@HaileyMcK - Thank you and wonderful to see you here as well :) Storage + Networking + Compute = Next-generation virtualization and cloud capabilities. Hope that math works.

You're absolutely right - the data center model will have to evolve as we become a more cloud-based, app-centric workforce. 
Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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11/19/2013 | 10:56:44 AM
Re: well done
Wanted to call your attention to a related article by Mark Peters-- The Future Datacenter Comes With Fries. He's talking about how the enterprise datacenter is moving toward a bundled, integrated, pre-configured, standards-based model.  Sound familiar? It's great read if you haven't already. 
aditshar
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aditshar,
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11/20/2013 | 5:02:22 AM
Re: What else
I agree and counselled to your comment, but if we look towards cloud which i guess is working in similar kind of fashion C level is more worried about their data in X hands without clue whats going on in cloud with their data, how safe it is...hope cloud vendor is not biased with some enterprise followed up with some more points...
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