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.
"Our goal with AppSystems is to deliver, pre-integrated optimized application systems that bring together hardware, software, HP services and tools to solve specific business problems," Martin Whittaker, vice president, Systems and Solutions Engineering, Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking at HP, told InternetNews.com
One of the new AppSystem bundles is a Database Consolidation AppSystem that has been jointly developed with Microsoft. The usage model is for enterprises that have Microsoft SQL database sprawl and want to consolidate.
"You plug the AppSystem into the wall, you type in a few simple things like the domain you want it to join and point it at the old databases," Whittaker said, "It has automated tools that migrate the data out of the old systems and brings it into the database consolidation platform."
HP will also be offering a Business Data Warehouse solution that has also been jointly developed with Microsoft. The Data Warehouse Appliance is targeted at businesses with terabytes of data.
Additionally, HP is announcing a Vertica Analyics AppSystem to provide a converged system for Vertica. HP acquired Vertica in February of this year. Whittaker noted that a full Vertica Analytics AppSystem can handle a petabyte of customer data.
For virtualization use cases, HP has the new VirtualSystem as part of its Converged Systems portfolio. The VitualSystem include servers and storage and networking to deliver an optimized virtualization appliance.
Under the hood of all the AppSystem products is a base of HP ProLiant servers that have been integrated and optimized for the specific use-case.
"If you lift the hood of this, the hardware building blocks is all standard HP building blocks," Whittaker said. "The value add is we've done the system architecture to build the most optimal solution."
Whittaker added that HP it aiming to deliver solutions that can be delivered in one box. The integrated appliance 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).
"In crude terms, Oracle has built Exadata as a hammer for all nails, whatever your problem is the answer is Exadata," Whittaker said. "A hammer works well on nails, but it doesn't work well on screws."
Whittaker stressed that HP is taking a usage model approach and works with multiple vendors.
"We're building different AppSystems, different tools for different use cases, and I'd highlight as a difference versus the Oracle Exadata approach," Whittaker said.