ESG has been tracking and monitoring the integrated computing platform (ICP) market extensively, as major system vendors like Hitachi, HP, Dell and IBM align their server, networking, and storage products into a single turnkey solution or companies like VCE, NetApp, and Cisco partner and execute through a best of breed approach. We also have a number of emerging companies like Nutanix, Scale Computing, Simplivity, and Pivot3 that are taking more of a bottom up approach and have the potential to cause some disruption with their ‘hyper-converged’ solutions. ESG covers all these ICPs and the benefits to IT organizations in greater detail in its recently published Market Landscape Report: Integrated Computing Platforms. But, where does Microsoft fit into the mix and why should you care?
Microsoft has its Private Cloud Fast Track program with a number of vendors providing joint reference architectures (RAs) for building private cloud platforms. Integrated with Microsoft System Center for management and orchestration, these RAs combine Microsoft software and guidance with OEM partner technology to deliver validated, turnkey solutions. They are designed around several key tenets of cloud computing: resource pooling, elasticity, continuous availability, predictability, metering and chargeback, multi-tenancy, and security and identity. Participating vendors include Cisco, Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, Huawei, IBM, NEC, NetApp, and Nimble Storage.