Download the authoritative guide: Cloud Computing 2018: Using the Cloud to Transform Your BusinessCisco's (NASDAQ: CSCO) Unified Computing System (UCS) and entry into the server market a year ago sparked a new IT arms race and has forced data storage, server and networking vendors alike to come up with a strategy for data center convergence.
The promise of a converged or unified computing platform is clear — centralized management and provisioning of virtual resources on-the-fly while reducing physical infrastructure and overall cost.
The potential drawbacks, however, cannot be overlooked. According to industry experts, customers face the threat of vendor lock-in, while storage vendors have a decision to make: Pick a side.
Taneja Group founder and consulting analyst Arun Taneja concedes that there is upside to unified computing, but he is leery of the downside.
IT buyers are accustomed to buying best-of-breed products and are confident that they have some leverage at the negotiating table. Taneja is fearful that negotiating power may evaporate if unified computing platforms take hold.
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