My Friend, My Enemy: Untangling Converged Infrastructure Relationships


IBM has built its converged infrastructure strategy, which it calls the dynamic infrastructure, on its market leadership in servers, storage, and services.

However, like HP, IBM depends on Cisco partner VMware as its primary virtualization technology supplier. And, unlike HP and Cisco, it depends on companies like Brocade and QLogic to give it networking muscle.

IBM’s biggest advantages are its services, both professional and financial, along with a base of loyal solution providers with access to those services.