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What does “integrated” mean to you? Many networking vendors tend to use the term “integrated” to generally indicate that they work with other parts of the IT infrastructure ecosystem, or the cloud management platform. But in my experience, every vendor has a different definition and what it entails for the overall data center.

So, what does it really mean? Integration has a number of factors that make up a true integrated system. To achieve a true on-premise cloud, integration needs to evolve. It must be fully bi-directional information exchange, and it needs to cover all three layers of integrated networking requirements:

  • Bootstrap:
    • Integrated Day 0 Installation and Process
  • Lifecycle:
    • Compute Events → Network Auto-Configuration
    • Compute Events → Network Dynamic Response
    • Storage Events → Network Auto-Configuration
    • Storage Events → Network Dynamic Response
  • Converged Management:
    • Integrated Visibility (in Cloud Management Platform)
    • Integrated Configuration (in Cloud Management Platform)

For more on these requirements and what we at Plexxi consider a proper integration to be, check out my latest blog post.  

Below please find a few of our top picks for our favorite news articles of the week.

Computer Business Review: How hyper-converged infrastructure eases IT transformation for hybrid cloud
By Stewart Wilson
Adapting to this new model requires transformation of both technology and IT operations. A 2016 State of IT Transformation survey conducted by Dell EMC and VMware found that, although the majority of respondents have been considering moving to a cloud model since 2010, 90 percent are still in evaluation or proof of concept mode for hybrid cloud six years later. Why is it taking so long?

Computer Weekly: Tech Data increases support for hyper converged, security and cloud
By Simon Quicke
Tech Data’s Advanced Solutions it operation is getting an investment boost to help it increase the professional services and solution capabilities it can offer. The distributor is responding to the growing demand from partners for help with hyper convergence, network security and cloud. Having integrated its technical resources the channel player has also increased the number of technical experts that work in the Advanced Solutions business. There are now pre-sales teams that work with SIs and MSPs and professional services and help desk teams that can support partners.

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