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March 2013, Volume 2, Number 3

Examining vendor offerings in converged infrastructure market

As enterprises look at converged systems to improve the overall efficiency of their data centers, it’s important to know which vendors are raising their flags in the converged infrastructure market. And with offerings as disparate as data center managers’ feelings on the future of converged infrastructure, you’ll need to parse out exactly how each vendors’ technology differs. Here we take a look at three big-name vendors that are swimming in the primordial converged infrastructure soup: Dell, IBM and HP. Dell vStart and Active System for virtualization Dell has a long history in the blade server market, and is charging into the convergence game with the vStart and Active System 800 models. The vStart series features Dell’s M-series blades, EqualLogic storage and PowerConnect network switches in the smaller models, and Compellent Fibre Channel storage and Force10 networking in the larger enterprise vStart systems. The Dell Active System takes things a step further with converged fabrics via their PowerEdge I/O Aggregator, using ...

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