Hewlett-Packard this week showed that it's serious about competing in the market for converged infrastructure systems, launching the HP ConvergedSystems data center infrastructure, code-named Shark.
The HP ConvergedSystem 300 for Virtualization and other products in the line debuted ahead of the vendor's Discover conference in Barcelona, Spain, this week. Channel partners said the new line of products is a major threat to competitors in the converged infrastructure arena, including the EMC-Cisco-VMware VCE VBlock products. Two top partners are predicting the new line will boost their sales by 25 percent in 2014.
Not that the competition is standing still. Cisco executives this week disclosed that the company is readying its Unified Compute System 2.0 strategy, the next phase of the vendor's push into converged infrastructure systems.