HP unveiled plans on Monday to take its Converged Infrastructure product lines and pre-package them to speed up implementations.
HP's armada of pre-integrated systems are designed to combat workload specific systems from Oracle and IBM. The general idea is that HP will integrate hardware, software, support and services so they are turnkey. HP claims that its internal testing shows that customers can be up and running faster based on its internal testing.
Martin Whittaker, vice president of systems and solutions engineering for HP enterprise server and networking unit, chafed a bit at the term 'appliance'. Whittaker acknowledged that these systems are appliances "at a crude level", but said they have more features and integration.
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