1Revisiting 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.
2VSPEX: Slimmed Down VBLocks
3VBlocks Have Carved Out a Big Market
VBlocks, introduced only two years ago, are a highly successful product of the two-and-a-half-year-old VCE partnership. VCE is an acronym for Virtual Computing Environment, but it also could stand for the VMware-Cisco-EMC partnership. VBlock sales have skyrocketed from zero in 2010 to an $800 million-per-year business in 2012 for EMC and its partners, so a need has definitely been filled in the large enterprise market.
4Fourteen Initial VSPEX Specs Available
5An Example of a VSPEX Deployment
6New Partners Are Contributing
While EMC, Cisco Systems and VMware were the founding partners for the VBlock project, EMC is opening some new doors for VSPEX with its open-standards approach. In the new scenario, networking from Brocade, virtualization software from Citrix, and components from other suppliers can be swapped into a VSPEX system, depending upon the legacy IT at hand and the use case involved.
7Will EMC Competitors Be Allowed Into VSPEX?
Theoretically, at least, some users may be using competing switches and routers from Cisco and Brocade in the same data center, as well as hypervisors from competitors VMware and Citrix. But that’s the way of the world; most data centers are a mixed bag of legacy and new IT components. Out of necessity, open standards are becoming a necessary ingredient in real-life IT production.
8Multiple Hypervisors Can Be Deployed
9Top of the Line Switches
10A Channel-Only Sell
VPEX will be a channel sales-only package available later this quarter. Don’t call up any of the partners directly; instead, potential customers will need to talk to integrators, such as Avnet, Ingram Micro, Arrow Enterprise Computing Solutions or Advanced Infrastructure Solutions.