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VCE, the cloud infrastructure joint venture between Cisco and EMC, has announced new low end Vblock cloud servers and improved systems management.

VCE has announced a range of new software and hardware. The announcements represent a new chapter in the evolution of converged infrastructure,” said Paul Harrapin, VCE’s VP and General Manager for Asia Pacific and Japan.

The new announcement include better systems management capabilities for the Vblock range, a specialised Vblock systems to run SAP, and two new low end Vblock systems designed for branch offices and mid-sized data centres. VCE’s Vblock systems are integrated cloud servers built on Cisco, EMC, VMware and Intel technology (VMware and Intel are also minor investors in the company. ‘VCE’ does not stand for VMware, Cisco, EMC, as many people think. It stands for “Virtual Computing Environment’).

The company was formed only in 2010, but is now on target to achieve $1 billion in revenues in the next year. The Vblock appliances are in some ways a new type of mainframe architecture, optimised around high availability, cloud, and turnkey solutions.

New elements to the VCE product portfolio include:

  • VCE Vision Intelligent Operations software: enables converged infrastructure management. The software dynamically informs systems management frameworks about Vblock hardware on the network. It integrates with VMware and also supports open API-enabled integration into other industry management toolsets.
  • Vblock System 200 brings the Vblock family to distributed environments and mid-sized data centres. The Vblock System 100 is targeted for remote office and branch office deployments, of existing Vblock users.
  • The Vblock System 300 and System 700 models have been enhanced, and now have up to twice the capacity and performance.
  • VCE specialised systems – VCE is introducing the first of a series of systems with pre-installed enterprise workloads. Vblock Specialised System SAP HANA enables rapid and efficient deployment of SAP’s in-memory computing and database platform.

“We now have 30 systems in Australia,” said Harrapin, “up from just one a year ago. We have three of the big banks and many other users. We can reduce up to 80% of operational infrastructure costs, and because we configure the system before delivery we can greatly reduce the time it takes to deploy new systems.”

Harrapin quoted IDC data which said the Vblock systems had much better price performance than non-integrated system, with a 95% reduction in outages.

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Graeme Philipson

Graeme Philipson is senior associate editor at iTWire and editor of sister publication CommsWire. He is also founder and Research Director of Connection Research, a market research and analysis firm specialising in the convergence of sustainable, digital and environmental technologies. He has been in the high tech industry for more than 30 years, most of that time as a market researcher, analyst and journalist. He was founding editor of MIS magazine, and is a former editor of Computerworld Australia. He was a research director for Gartner Asia Pacific and research manager for the Yankee Group Australia. He was a long time IT columnist in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, and is a recipient of the Kester Award for lifetime achievement in IT journalism.

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