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The only thing converged in “converged infrastructure” is the purchase order

The only thing converged in “converged infrastructure” is the purchase order

I was at a CIO roundtable in Portland a couple of weeks ago and during the introductions, one of the CIOs said, “We’ve been using hyperconverged for the past five years on a Vblock.”

My tongue still hurts from biting it. Could anything possibly be more unlike software-defined hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) than a Vblock?  As just one small example, upgrading to a new version of vSphere on a Vblock requires a complex and expensive upgrade to the Vblock itself – and the last I heard, only VCE is authorized to do this type of engagement. In contrast, Nutanix enables 1-click upgrades that not only upgrade the OS and firmware, but also the hypervisor itself.

I am surprised that some IT leaders are still confused about the difference between hyperconverged and converged infrastructure. But, then again, many industry experts still don’t understand how HCI has surpassed converged infrastructure (CI) in terms of almost every important metric. A recent ComputerWeekly article, Datacentre decisions: Converged vs hyper-converged infrastructure, for example states,“From a scalability perspective, converged systems are more suited to larger applications such as Oracle, Microsoft Exchange or SAP installations.”

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via Steve Kaplan at ByTheBell.com

Steve Kaplan Steve Kaplan (@ROIdude on Twitter) is Vice President of Client Strategy for Nutanix. Kaplan formerly co-founded, ran and sold two IT professional services businesses. Along with writing hundreds of articles and white papers, he has co-authored 7 books on Citrix technologies (all Official Citrix Guides) and 3 books on VMware technologies. Kaplan frequently presents on virtualization and cloud at venues across the globe. He helped pioneer the ROI methodologies used in the virtualization and has held positions on the advisory boards of several industry manufactures including Microsoft and EMC. Kaplan was both a Microsoft MVP (4 years) and VMware vExpert (7 years). Kaplan has an MBA from Northwestern and a BS in Business Administration from UC Berkeley.

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