Gartner Research

Selecting a Converged Access Solution for Blade Server Architectures

Published: 30 May 2013

ID: G00252192

Analyst(s): Andrew Lerner

Summary

Blade server architectures are blurring the demarcation between networking, storage, and server technologies. This makes it increasingly difficult for IT infrastructure personnel to evaluate and select an appropriate converged access solution for their organization.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

Analysis

  • Utilize a Cross-Functional Team With Full Participation From Server, Networking, Virtualization and Storage Personnel to Evaluate and Select Blade Server I/O
  • Avoid Preconceived Notions and Preferences Favoring Specific Vendors
  • Focus on Your Organization's Specific Applications and Use Cases to Derive I/O Requirements
    • Latency and Bandwidth
    • Application Traffic Flows
    • Management and Orchestration Capabilities
  • Compare Solutions Based on Their Architecture, Capacity, Performance, Features and Management Capabilities
    • Architecture
    • Key Evaluation Criteria
    • Notable Differences in Existing Solutions
    • A Framework for Getting Started

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