Cisco, EMC, VMware Join Forces for New vBlock Cloud Systems

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-11-03 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The coalition -- along with processor maker Intel -- also announced that it is starting up a new, shared-equity company called Acadia to handle the specifics of marketing the new vBlock systems. vBlocks are preintegrated, preconfigured computing systems consisting of networkware from Cisco, storage/security/system management from EMC, and virtualization software from VMware.

Three IT giants-networking leader Cisco Systems, virtualization expert VMware and storage provider EMC-revealed Nov. 3 that they have formed a new joint venture, the Virtual Computing Environment, to produce cloud computing systems called vBlocks that integrate hardware and software from all three companies.

The coalition-along with processor maker Intel-also announced that is starting up a new, shared-equity company called Acadia to handle the specifics of marketing the new vBlock systems.

vBlocks are preintegrated, preconfigured computing systems consisting of networkware from Cisco, storage/security/system management from EMC, and virtualization software from VMware. The resulting cloud computing systems will range in size from hundreds of virtual machines to more than 6,000 virtual machines, depending upon the need of the customer.

vBlock systems will range in price from "the low hundreds of thousands to multimillions [of dollars]," EMC President and CEO Joe Tucci told a Webcast audience. Tucci appeared with VMware CEO Paul Maritz and Cisco CEO John Chambers in a TV talk show-type format to make the announcements.

Cisco, EMC and VMware-through Acadia-also will offer an "a la carte"-type cloud computing option that will enable customers to select other components from non-coalition companies, such as NetApp, Dell, Hewlett-Packard and IBM. However, these systems will not be considered vBlocks, Tucci said.

"I believe that this will be the partnership and coalition that people will look back upon and say changed data centers and clouds forever," Chambers said.

The VCE coalition and its Acadia offshoot represent a refinement of the Cisco Unified Computing System that was announced March 16.

In the UCS, EMC and NetApp provide a substantial amount of the storage capacity. BMC provides the provisioning, change management and configuration software in the stack. VMware and Microsoft both offer their virtualization layers-depending on the choice of the customer-and Accenture helps shape individual product solutions for customers.

NetApp, BMC, Microsoft and Accenture were nowhere to be found in the Nov. 3 coalition announcement. BMC BladeLogic, however, is the only systems management solution integrated and OEM'ed by Cisco for UCS.

The new venture had been rumored for several months. Acadia, which will start with a staff of 130, will be a stand-alone entity with its own CEO and executive staff. A headquarters location has not yet been identified.

Tucci said that the coalition is now in the process of recruiting a chief executive and that Acadia should be open for business beginning Jan. 1, 2010.

Acadia will be the entity responsible for creating and supplying a conglomeration of IT hardware, software and services from the four partners aimed at any size business customer that wants to build a private cloud to serve as its own IT system. 


 
 
 
 
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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