Convergence is one of those powerful IT concepts that powers progress. Functions that were once seen as separate and distinct get combined and deeply integrated in a useful way, and there’s no going back.
Cell phones meet handheld computers, and smartphones are born. Consumer electronics meets automobiles, and the market shifts. Home networking meets smart appliances, and modern living starts looking like a 1960s science fiction movie.
Convergence plays out powerfully in enterprise IT settings. So many operational models are based on the historical distinct and separate nature of many IT functions. Converge those functions, and the IT model can evolve to a much more powerful and efficient state.
But digging a bit deeper exposes some interesting philosophical questions. For example, how and where should convergence ideally occur?
I’ll give you a hint on where I’m going. I believe the hypervisor is the inevitable platform for infrastructure convergence — both today, and into the future.