Robert L. Mitchell: Would You Like a Data Center with That Server?
Computerworld — Faced with the continued commoditization of servers, IT vendors this year will try to differentiate their offerings by moving toward more highly integrated, unified compute platforms.
Data Center Definitions and Solutions
That means combining servers, storage and networks -- and related management software -- as a package deal, says Rockwell Bonecutter, data center technology and operations practice lead at Accenture Ltd. (ACN) Vendors tried something similar a few years ago with the launch of modular "data center in a box" products. But this time, they are thinking out of the box by focusing squarely on the core data center infrastructure.
Soup to Nuts
With integrated systems, you're not just buying a server; you're buying the entire infrastructure to go with it as a single, managed entity. The systems are highly integrated and highly scalable, and they include computing, storage and networking systems, as well as business services management, automated orchestration and provisioning capabilities. In some cases, those systems might include power delivery and cooling as well.
When combined with virtualization, converged systems can form the foundation of a private cloud-computing resource.