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Converged Infrastructure for Networking Folks

by Andrew Lerner  |  July 6, 2014  |  1 Comment

The Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems published a few weeks back, which has significant networking implications and is thus is a must-read for networking folks.

Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems (Andrew Butler | George J. Weiss | Philip Dawson)

Summary:  The integrated system market is growing at 50% or more per year, creating an unusual mix of major vendors and startups to consider. This new Magic Quadrant will aid vendor selection in this dynamic sector.

Most networking personnel have to deal with this stuff (i.e., Vblocks, FlexPODs, etc.) and the market definition is fantastic in identifying the differences in approaches that exist (i.e., what is the difference between a Vblock, Nutanix, and Exadata?) . When selecting integrated systems, network teams are sometimes involved in the process, but too often they are not because the networking components are baked-in. Networking folks are often just asked to “make it work”. However, just because networking is deterministic, it still matters…a lot. The networking component of integrated systems should be a key aspect in the selection process, if you’re doing it correctly. In other words, don’t sleep on the network when deploying converged infrastructure. To this point, we’ve published research on how to do this the right way for blade servers, and many of the concepts carry over to integrated systems…

Selecting a Converged Access Solution for Blade Server Architectures

Summary: Blade server architectures are blurring the demarcation between networking, storage, and server technologies. This makes it increasingly difficult for IT infrastructure personnel to evaluate and select an appropriate converged access solution for their organization.

This research is about a year old and while some of the content needs updating (i.e., tech specs and things like the IBM/Lenovo deal), the over-arching principals remain sound. And a refresh of this doc is on the to-do list…

Regards, Andrew

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Andrew Lerner
Research Vice President
6+ years at Gartner
21 years IT Industry

Andrew Lerner is a Vice President in Gartner Research. He covers enterprise networking, including data center, campus and WAN with a focus on emerging technologies (SDN, SD-WAN, and Intent-based networking). Read Full Bio

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