Converged infrastructure IT solutions target rapid system deployment with pre-installed software, configured computing power, storage, networking and tools, while addressing complexity by providing a level of integrated management. In this arena, the players include the IBM PureFlex System, which integrates IBM architectures (POWER and x86), and Cisco UCS products.
The converged infrastructure offerings are especially appropriate for package or ERP deployments (e.g., Siebel, PeopleSoft, Oracle E-Business Suite, etc.), since they can be expedited prior to arrival at the customer site. Oracle products are prime candidates for this type of deployment.
This study examines the real-world behavior of deployments on both platforms and delineates differences.