VCE, EMC Unveil New Converged Infrastructures

VCE integrates VMware's NSX SDN solution into an appliance, while EMC rolls out VSPEX Blue for hybrid cloud environments.

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EMC's federation of companies are banding together to roll out new converged infrastructure systems for cloud and virtualized environments.

VCE, a company founded by EMC, VMware and Cisco Systems, on Feb. 4 said it is expanding its lineup of integrated infrastructure solutions with the VCE Foundation for Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud, which integrates VMware's NSX network virtualization technology and vRealize management and orchestration software. In addition, the solution includes EMC's ViPR software-defined storage (SDS) product.

VCE's announcement came a day after EMC announced VSPEX Blue, a hyper-converged infrastructure offering that is built upon VMware's EVO:RAIL—a software offering that integrates the company's compute, storage and networking resources—and the storage giant's own software. The appliance enables customers to spin out virtual machines in less than 15 minutes, and is aimed at such applications as infrastructure consolidation projects, virtual desktops and managed service providers, according to EMC.

The announcements from VCE and EMC dovetail with the growing demand from businesses embracing cloud computing for data center infrastructure solutions that are fast and easy to deploy and affordable.

"The shift toward hybrid cloud computing models is requiring IT organizations to deliver new services at unprecedented rates of speed and agility," Todd Pavone, executive vice president of product strategy and development at VCE, said in a statement. "VCE is continuing its next phase of growth and innovation to deliver converged infrastructure solutions that further simplify and accelerate the deployment of hybrid cloud environments."

The goal is to make things easier and cheaper for customers, according to Chuck Hollis, chief strategist for VMware's Storage and Availability Business Unit.

"In the IT biz, all forms of converged infrastructure are now the rage," Hollis wrote in a post on the EMC blog site. "Rightfully so: their pre-integrated nature and single-support model eliminates much of the expensive IT drudgery that doesn’t usually create significant value: selecting individual components, integrated them, supporting them, upgrading them, etc. How much easier is it to order a block, brick, node, etc. of IT infrastructure as a single supportable product, and move on to more important matters? A lot easier, it seems."

The integrated infrastructure space is growing rapidly, according to IDC analysts. In the third quarter 2014, revenue for the market jumped 28.1 percent over the same period in 2013, to $2.3 billion.

"These results speak to the ability of integrated systems to address core data center infrastructure challenges," Eric Sheppard, research director for storage at IDC, said in a statement when the results were released in December. "Those that are deploying integrated systems tell IDC of real gains in the form of increased productivity, reduced downtime, and improved utilization rates."