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