Unpacking the Gems in VCE’s Vblock Launch

As one of the industry’s most successful joint ventures of all time, the speed and scale of VCE’s success in pioneering and validating the converged infrastructure market has been unprecedented and established CI as a mainstream market segment, with VCE as the clear leader.  With today’s announcement from VCE, EMC is proud to provide further integration with VCE solutions to accelerate customers’ journey to the cloud, and to continue delivering innovative world-class technology solutions with VCE that will help our customers transform the way they deliver IT services.

OK, I admit it. I’m a true techy to the core. So this all excites me, not only for the technology advancements, but for what they enable customers to achieve. There is so much in today’s announcement, including multiple innovations straight from EMC, I thought it might be helpful to unpack the key highlights:

Unmatched Performance and Capacity with the New Vblock System 740: The Vblock System 740, powered by next-generation Cisco Unified Computing, Cisco Nexus ACI-Ready networking and EMC VMAX3 storage, is VCE’s flagship converged infrastructure for the most demanding mission-critical applications. It introduces several key new capabilities including 3X storage performance, 50% lower TCO and guaranteed service levels via a new SLO based provisioning framework. EMC VMAX3 is now integrated into the VCE Vblock System 740 family and offered by VCE with full support. This is a great next step for enabling enterprises and service providers as they deploy hybrid cloud environments.

All-Flash Vblock System 540: The new Vblock System 540 is the industry’s first all-flash converged infrastructure system for high-performance, consolidated workloads and emerging applications. The Vblock System 540, powered by next-generation Cisco UCS and EMC XtremIO all-flash storage is ideal for a variety of application workloads that require simple, guaranteed performance no matter what. Multiple industry analyst firms have pegged EMC as the clear market share leader in all-flash arrays. We believe XtremIO arrays rocketed EMC into this spot after less than a year on the market and we expect to continue seeing more uptake with enterprise customer deployments worldwide with the new VCE Vblock System 540.

The new Vblock System 240:  A complete CI system for medium-sized businesses and distributed remote offices is based on EMC’s entry-level VNX5200, which is available in Block or Unified configurations and boasts the new Data At Rest Encryption (D@RE).

Scale Out for Big Data + Analytics with the VCE Technology Extension for EMC Isilon Storage:  VCE technology extensions are pre-integrated, pre-tested and pre-validated to enable additional flexibility and scalability for new and existing Vblock Systems. The VCE technology extension for EMC Isilon storage integrates powerful scale-out storage with a Vblock System to cost-effectively consolidate and manage enterprise data and applications. Vblock Systems can now be easily expanded to incorporate large-scale user data to support VDI, enterprise data lakes for Big Data and Hadoop  analytics, and scale-out NAS.

The Customer Wins with Converged Infrastructure Innovations from VCE + EMC Today’s announcement is really about how the customer wins with VCE converged infrastructure implementing best of breed technology and delivering a fantastic customer experience. Vblock is a truly converged infrastructure, it is pre-integrated, factory built and tested, delivered as a single product with one phone number to call for support.  Vblock Systems can help businesses simplify every aspect of IT operations freeing IT to redirect human and financial capital to delivering value added services to their line of business owners.

EMC continues to raise the bar in storage innovation, and we’re happy to work with VCE to help customers rapidly realize the full potential of these innovations in deploying cloud-ready environments through VCE converged infrastructure.

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