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Decision Point for Data Center Infrastructure: Converged, Hyperconverged, Composable or Dedicated?

Published: 29 March 2019

ID: G00384329

Analyst(s): Paul Delory


Integrated systems — pre-engineered stacks of data center infrastructure — should be your first choice. But which type of integrated system should you choose? And when should you build, not buy? This research guides technical professionals to the right choice for their unique environments.

Table Of Contents

Decision Point Question

Decision Overview

Decision Tool

  • Decision Flow 1: Integrated System or Do-It-Yourself?
  • Decision Flow 2: Use-Case Alignment
  • Decision Flow 3: HCI Assessment
  • Decision Flow 4: Converged Infrastructure Selection

Principles, Requirements and Constraints

  • Principles
  • Requirements and Constraints


  • Hyperconverged Infrastructure
  • Converged Infrastructure
  • Dedicated Infrastructure
  • Composable Infrastructure
  • Do-It-Yourself

Future Developments

  • The Rebirth of Blade Infrastructure
  • Colocated, Not On-Premises
  • Fog Computing: Infrastructure From Cloud to Edge

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