How IDC Categorizes Converged Systems
IDC breaks what it calls the converged systems business into four segments:
-- Integrated infrastructure, or pre-integrated offerings including server, storage and networking hardware, along with systems management software. Dell EMC's VCE Vblock is a key example.
-- Certified reference systems, also known as reference architectures, have two or more vendors certify some combination of server, storage, networking and management technology into a single managed system. FlexPod, which combines Cisco's UCS server and networking with NetApp's storage technology, is the best-known example.
-- Integrated platforms, in which a single vendor integrates a complete converged system with server, storage and networking. Oracle's engineered systems are the best-known examples.
-- Hyper-converged systems, more popularly known as hyper-converged infrastructure, combine server, storage, networking and/or management technology into a server-based appliance.