HP has been pushing the idea of convergence for the past several years across various parts of its business. Today, HP is pushing convergence into the realm of servers and applications with new Converged Systems offerings.
The new Converged Systems portfolio includes integrated hardware and software bundles called AppSystems that are intended to enable faster ramp-up and deployment as well as improved performance.
The integrated server approach is one that rivals Oracle and Cisco have also been doing in recent years. Oracle has its Exalogic and Exadata servers while Cisco has the Unified Computing System (UCS). Though, HP isn’t particularly fond of Oracle’s Exadata system.
“In crude terms, Oracle has built Exadata as a hammer for all nails, whatever your problem is the answer is Exadata,” Martin Whittaker, vice president, Systems and Solutions Engineering, Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking at HP, told InternetNews.com. “A hammer works well on nails, but it doesn’t work well on screws.”