Inquiring minds really want to know when HP will add storage to its converged hardware offering.
The answer appears to be as soon after Jan. 2, 2010 as possible.
That’s the magic date when former EMC guy David Donatelli gets his handcuffs taken off. Said one HP insider: “I would expect to see news around that [converged hardware] pretty soon after January 2.”
When Donatelli left EMC for HP, he was enjoined from taking part in HP’s storage business for a year. So he forged ahead with servers and networking hardware a la the Hewlett-Packard ProCurve Blade Switches . Since HP has all the pieces–including storage–one might have expected it to fill in that slot. But apparently that will wait for nagging legal issues to evaporate.
Then all eyes will be on Cisco, which stuffs its own networking hardware and new-self branded server into its enclosures and has a tight alliance with–you guessed it–EMC on storage.