I was looking at the midrange "converged" offerings from HP, and they really aren't that compelling.
Don't get me wrong, if you want a fast lump of block storage thats solid and reliable, the HP all the way. (we have two fully loaded p2000s) However, if you want to do file exports then it, on the face of it all falls apart. You have the choice of the "storevirtual" stuff, which when we looked at it at the beginning of this year looked pretty weak.(especially compared to netapp fas32** and VNX5***)
If I was going to risk things then I'd plump for a nextenta or similar. ZFS is starting to look really strong. Once the AD integration is sorted then It'll be a killer app. (I'm planning on using it for our nearline to see how good it is.)
The other issue is HP software, if they seriously want me to buy software(or "appliances") from them they need to actually *test* it first. The prime example is dataprotector. It would choke on a million files. Bare in mind it was shipped with a 48 tape LTO5 library, you'd have though it would have been able to handle such things.
If I was HP, I'd be thinking about a strategic linkup with nexenta to flog pre-configured d6000 or the like. It'd be nice to get software support from people who actually appear to *test* and proper hardware support that HP normally delivers.