But it's a type of product customers seem to be interested in. Oracle, IBM and VCE -- the alliance of Cisco, EMC and VMware -- also sell converged systems. HP's ConvergedSystem for Virtualization is targeted at VCE in particular. "We have them in our sites, no question," Joyce said.
With a street price starting under $100,000, the ConvergedSystem for Virtualization costs less than VCE's vBlock System 100 and can perform I/O operations faster, according to Joyce.
VCE responded that a "true converged infrastructure is about the business value it provides to customers, not the numbers on the back of a data sheet." It said its customers are happy with the cost and performance of its products.
The ConvergedSystem for Virtualization comes in two models, with the smaller "300" model combining as many as eight ProLiant DL380p servers, two HP switches and as many as eight HP StorVirtual VSA software instances. Customers pick Microsoft or VMware for the virtualization, and HP provides "app maps" for customers to tune the system to their workload.
The 300 model provides the basic infrastructure for the ConvergedSystem for Vertica and will be the basis for future ConvergedSystems for Hadoop and other more specialized applications, Joyce said. Using a common infrastructure makes them easier for customers to manage and support, he said.
"We'll be able to use that same building block to do all of the applications you want to run on a standard, virtual infrastructure, but we'll also use it for very specific things, so something like SAP HANA," Joyce said.
Also, he said, within the next year, customers will be able to use the ConvergedSystems as building blocks to expand a private cloud built using HP's CloudSystem products.
A third new system that HP announced Monday is the ConvergedSystem 100 for Hosted Desktops, which is built on HP's hyperscale Moonshot servers. Those servers are the first Moonshot systems from HP to include a processor from Advanced Micro Devices, the X2150 system on chip.
Despite the move to more integrated systems, some big companies still want flexible configuration options, so for those customers HP will offer the ConvergedSystem for Virtualization X. But it thinks most customers will want the systems fully integrated out of the factory.