IBM and Oracle are leading this new wave of highly integrated hardware-software combos that boost performance and cut busywork—and most other IT vendors are racing to catch up.

Bob Evans, Contributor

December 7, 2010

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"Throughout our conversation, the affable Paul Miller, VP of Solutions & Strategic Alliances for Servers, Storage, and Networking, insisted that HP's 'not really behind anybody' and that it's 'in the game' and will soon be 'even more in the game.' (I take his point, but I beg to differ—the facts simply tell a different story.)

"Miller said HP's been quietly testing some of its nascent purpose-built systems with key customers and is 'already building a pipeline and footprint in the market—we're not waiting to let competitors get a lap on us. We are out there competing with IBM as well as Exadata.'

"But for HP, the best by far is yet to come, Miller promises, as HP will soon move beyond these limited stealth engagements and introduce a huge family of optimized systems spanning 'the mid-market to mission-critical applications for the world's largest enterprises.' " (End of excerpt.)

Miller said HP would offer optimized systems for data warehousing, OLTP, BI, Microsoft Exchange, and business analytics. As of this week, no word yet from HP on when this planned optimized-systems blitz will become a reality.

We'll be keeping a close eye on further developments in optimized systems in 2011, and in particular whether they live up to their lofty promise that has made them #1 on our list of the Top 10 Tech Stories for 2010. Please check out the "Recommended Reading" list below for further insight and analyses on this dynamic new category.

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Bob Evans is senior VP, communications, for Oracle Corp. He is a former InformationWeek editor.

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