The story on converged infrastructure (CI) painted a rosy picture around sales opportunities for IT channel partners. We do agree that the IT infrastructure is now headed toward CI and it may become a standard infrastructure of tomorrow.
However, we must not forget the fact that CI is yet another attempt from the vendors to commoditize the SI space. With availability of server, storage and networking in a preconfigured box, there is little requirement for system integration and hence reduced services share; maintenance of course will be taken by the vendor.
Currently, only enterprises are opting for CI systems as the prices are high, but as the prices go down, mid-market and SMB customers will also start adopting CI due to operational benefits.