Cloud Computing: EMC's VSPEX Cloud System Launch: 10 Takeaways for Midsize Enterprises

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-04-13 Print this article Print
Revisiting the Big Hunk, Converged Vblock

Revisiting the Big Hunk, Converged Vblock

VBlock systems are bulky, preconfigured, pre-integrated and converged computing systems consisting of network systems and x86-type servers from Cisco Systems, architecture and storage/security/system management from EMC and virtualization software from VMware. They can run from hundreds of virtual machines to more than 6,000 virtual machines, depending on the need of the customer.
EMC on April 12 introduced a complementary option to its highly successful, heavy-duty VBlock data center system designed as a better fit for midsize enterprise IT environments, called VSPEX. VBlocks, a product partnership of EMC, Cisco Systems and VMware, are converged cloud computing systems that can run hundreds to more than 6,000 virtual machines, depending on customer needs. In only two years, VBlocks have become an $800 million business. But not all IT shops need to be running 6,000 virtual machines, so EMC is coming out with some new blueprints for those many thousands of midrange companies considering a move to a smaller, lighter private cloud, which may entail 1,000 VMs or fewer. The new VSPEX, which stands for virtual system specifications, is a set of 14 IT blueprints created by EMC. Here are the news highlights of the launch event, held April 12 in San Francisco.
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 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 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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