The 4th Era of IT Infrastructure: Superconverged Systems

Learn the benefits and limitations of the 3 generations of IT infrastructure – siloed, converged and hyperconverged – and discover how the 4th generation of IT infrastructure – superconverged – can transform your business.

The first generation of IT infrastructures were “siloed” architectures where compute, storage and networking were selected separately.

The second generation of converged infrastructure systems emerged that bundled existing server, storage and networking products together with management software.

The third generation, called Hyperconverged or HCI systems, emerged with tightly coupled compute and storage hardware that eschewed the need for a SAN.

None of these first 3 generations of IT architecture are able to meet all the needs of customers.

We think that a fourth generation of superconverged systems will emerge that will make it extremely easy for customers to consume IT and meet all of their performance, resiliency and cost objectives.

Our view of superconverged systems aligns well with Gartner’s view of a 3rd phase of integrated systems.

The superconverged infrastructure enables you to:

  • Tightly integrate server, storage, networking, virtualization, VM/container centric management and an application marketplace to create a high-speed infrastructure platform that includes everything needed to run applications out of the box – a single silo platform
  • Easily and independently scale network, storage, and compute resources on-demand, making it possible to run a wide diversity of workloads
  • Manage your infrastructure from anywhere through a single SaaS management portal
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