The 10 Biggest Networking Stories Of 2013


9. Converged Infrastructure Continues To Take Off

As end-user appetite for cheaper, easier-to-manage data center infrastructures continues to climb, the converged infrastructure market was bustling with activity, and growth, in 2013.

Research firm IDC estimated that total worldwide spending on converged infrastructure will reach $17.8 billion in 2016, up from $4.6 billion in 2012. Converged infrastructure, in addition, will account for 12.8 percent of total storage, server, networking and software spending by 2016, up from only 3.9 percent in 2012, IDC projected.

Vying for a piece of that billion-dollar pie, vendors including Cisco, Dell, EMC, HP, IBM, NetApp, Oracle and VCE continued to place big bets on converged infrastructure offerings this year. Highlights included HP's new OneView product, designed for the HP BladeSystem and HP ProLiant Generation 7 and 8 servers. Cisco also dropped a few hints about Unified Computing System 2.0, the next-generation version of its own converged infrastructure solution.