VCE Rolls Out All-Flash Converged Vblock Systems
The company's Integrated Solutions for Cloud Management come in two solutions, one leveraging Cisco's UCS Director software for simplifying the automation and provisioning of virtual data centers based on Vblock systems. The other solutions comes integrated with VMware's vRealize Suite management software for provisioning and orchestrating private and hybrid cloud environments. "VCE is aiming to ease the uncertainties and complexities inherent in hybrid cloud adoption and deployment," Pund-IT's King wrote. "In proactively pre-integrating Cisco’s and VMware’s cloud management solutions with Vblock Systems, VCE is also simplifying the automation of data center provisioning and orchestration tasks. By doing so, the company is markedly reducing the risks and speeding the benefits of private and hybrid cloud transformation." In addition, VCE officials are bringing greater flexibility and scalability to new and existing Vblock systems through pre-validated integrated extensions for EMC's Isilon storage technology for such tasks as large-scale user data for virtual desktop infrastructures, big data and Hadoop analytics, and scale out network-attached storage environments. The extension for Cisco's UCS is aimed at compute-intensive workloads, including graphics computing, seismic modeling and digital media transcoding. The Vblock Systems 740, 540 and 240 are available immediately, while the cloud solutions and technology extension will be orderable within 90 days.In their report, IDC analysts said VCE was the top integrated infrastructure vendor in the second quarter, with 24.3 percent of the market and 55.7 percent revenue growth year-over-year. The Cisco/NetApp combination came in second, with 22.5 percent market share, followed by EMC with 17.7 percent. Overall, integrated infrastructure sales grew 59.2 percent over the second quarter in 2013.
VCE's new systems come as the market for integrated system grows rapidly. IDC analysts said last month that in the second quarter, revenues for integrated platforms and infrastructure jumped 33.8 percent over the same period in 2013, to $2.4 billion. IDC differentiates between integrated infrastructure systems, which are designed for general-purpose, distributed workloads, and integrated platforms, which are integrated systems sold with integrated packaged software and customized system engineering.