Converged Infrastructure (CI) is a convergence of compute, storage, and networking infrastructure in the data center. The deployment of data center infrastructure as a complete system can simplify and accelerate the deployment of resources. Converged infrastructure also provides a platform for repeatable, modular deployment of data center resources for rapid scale and more consistent performance. This is especially desirable in virtualized environments requiring standardized foundations for virtual resources.
The deployment of converged infrastructure is compared to “do it yourself” deployment of compute, storage, and network components. These deployments may require additional test and validation resources from enterprises and their partners. This can also present risk in time to market for new applications. Converged Infrastructure reduces deployment risk by offering vendor validated solutions that reduce guesswork and speed time to application deployment with trusted infrastructure platforms.