VCE Unveils a Trio of Vblock Appliances to Tackle New Types of Workloads

By CIOReview | Wednesday, October 8, 2014
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RICHARDSON, TX: VCE, the virtual computing environment company, unveils latest upgraded version of Vblock Systems, integrated solutions and technology extensions that will make the IT systems in enterprises and global service providers more supple, agile and simple.

The new VCE portfolio of turnkey converged infrastructures has been designed to transform customer data centers for private and hybrid clouds. With this release VCE has hoped on the band wagon for converged systems like IBM, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard and Oracle who are all trying to offer customers pre-integrated cloud building blocks.

Of the many products launched by VCE, two of them mark a step further in its attempt to integrate the technologies from Cisco, EMC and VMware into one comprehensive package working as a ‘whole’ instead of in parts. Larry Dignan reports on the launch for ZDnet, “The Vblock System 540, which is the first all-flash converged system, and technology extensions that will be supported. The 540 combines Cisco's Unified Computing System and Nexus ACI-Ready networking gear with EMC's XtremIO storage. The 540 is aimed at cloud, mobile and big data workloads.”

Technology extensions encompass EMC Isilon storage systems and Cisco UCS systems, and under this arrangement, VCE customers can acquire EMC and Cisco gear that can be attached to Vblocks for receiving unified support.

Apart from these, VCE also is including pre-tested and validated cloud management software for its Vblock Systems; Cisco's UCS Director Software and VMware's vCloud Automation Center and Operations Management Suite. They also have future plans to include BMC, CA and integration with other app management vendors.

"Our new Vblock Systems, integrated solutions and technology extensions are a significant step forward in helping VCE customers prepare for the hybrid world, providing new options that help them simplify how they deploy and manage infrastructure while enabling innovation and operational efficiencies that can drive value back into their businesses," says Todd Pavone, Executive Vice President, Product Strategy And Development at VCE.

The other releases were Vblock System 240—a converged system for mid-sized businesses and remote offices and System 740, which includes Cisco UCS, Nexus ACI-Ready networking and EMC's VMAX 3 storage.