More and more enterprise IT groups are becoming disenchanted with “traditional do-it-yourself” infrastructure assembly.
Selecting individual components. Evaluating beyond the data sheet. Testing both standalone and combined. Self-integrating and self-supporting the entire end-to-end result.
This hasn't been lost on IT vendors.
There’s now a burgeoning category "integrated" solutions intended to lessen that burden and produce more predictable results with less effort -- reference architectures, converged systems, hyperconverged systems and similar.
Each of these are attempting to tackle the same ugly reality: do-it-yourself IT infrastructure is losing its appeal. The projects take too long, they cost too much, they sap precious IT resources, they require unique skills and they often produce unpredictable or substandard results.
If you’re running critical applications — especially those built on Oracle’s database — Oracle's engineered systems deserve your consideration.
That being said, I also realize that most IT pros might not be familiar with what an engineered system really is, and how it is fundamentally different than apparently similar offerings.
So I thought I’d help out :)