Dell brings VCE into its hyperconverged tent

Dell just announced several new additions to their hyperconverged infrastructure portfolio and, not surprisingly, the bulk of these announcements were centered around their new partnership with VCE.

Prior to this announcement, Dell’s lone hyperconverged offering was its Nutanix OEM “XC” line of hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI). Dell says that they have seen great success with selling the XC — to the tune of 10x year over year sales growth since they began offering it in 2014. So they were eager to dispel any notion that their Nutanix partnership was going away anytime soon.

Topics: Dell VCE Hyper-converged

Dell-EMC Buyer Sentiment Research Redux

As you might recall, ESG conducted our own research after the announcement of Dell acquiring EMC to find out what actual people — those who buy stuff — thought. At that time, we really wanted to focus on only what Dell and EMC customers thought about the deal. But recently, we conducted some additional research to specifically gain insight into what non-customers of Dell and EMC thought.

Topics: EMC Cisco Dell IT buyers VCE dell-emc

VCE Transforms Scale-IO for SDDC Private Cloud Consumption

Hyper-converged infrastructure vendors beware. Here at EMC World 2015, Guy Churchward, President of EMC’s Core Technologies Division, just announced that Scale-IO, one of EMC’s software-defined data center (SDDC) storage technologies, has been transformed into a pre-integrated, rack-ready, scale-out hyper-converged offering that is now delivered and supported by VCE. Dubbed “VXRACK,” this offering will sit between VCE’s VBLOCK offering and VSPEX Blue (EMC’s version of VMware’s SDN solution), to affordably power Tier-2 data center workloads across private and hybrid cloud environments.

Topics: Private Cloud Infrastructure Networking software-defined data center software-defined storage ScaleIO scale-out storage VCE Hyper-converged

VCE Innovation Delivers Scale, SDN Choice, and Operational Simplicity

In today’s extremely fast-paced IT economy, there is no time to sit on your hands. This is particularly true of the converged and hyper-converged market. ESG Senior Analyst Colm Keegan and I are seeing tremendous innovation taking place in the space, with an insane amount of money changing hands—between investors pouring silly amounts of money into emerging technologies and IT professionals doubling down in their investments in converged/hyper-converged systems.

Topics: SDN VCE

Enterprise Hadoop with VCE and Isilon

What happens when you combine two field-proven, widely-adopted technologies from tech power houses? You get a super flexible, scalable Hadoop platform to address your big data analytic needs. And the best part is that it really doesn’t matter where you currently fall on the Hadoop adoption spectrum. Deploying a traditional Hadoop distribution? Expanding one that’s already deployed?  Starting a brand new Hadoop implementation to merge with your existing IT infrastructure? VCE and Isilon have come together to make your life easier.

Topics: EMC Big Data NAS Hadoop VMware Isilon VCE ESG Lab Big Data Analytics Scale-out

EMC the Infrastructure and Cloud Company

ESG recently attended EMC’s annual global analyst summit in Boston, MA. The event landed right on the heels of VCE rolling into EMC and directly on its Hybrid Cloud announcement, and shared a wealth of insights into the company direction, soutions portfolio, product strategy, and go to market. David Goulden and Joe Tucci set the stage with a business update anchored in the federation of EMC, VMware, Pivotal, and RSA - a force to contend with at every level.

Topics: EMC VCE EMC ViPR

EMC Embraces Ownership of VCE…and So Will Customers

While many IT vendors will claim to have pioneered the converged systems market, VCE has truly become a marquee brand. From the beginning there have been expectations that VCE would eventually roll into one of its parent companies. While VCE’s business is well proven at this point, with greater than 50% annual revenue growth, prospective customers still have had concerns.  In fact, ESG is aware of Fortune 500 customers that have been holding back multimillion-dollar commitments to VCE, due to the concerns stemming from ownership uncertainty.

This week’s announcement that VCE will be folded into EMC takes these client concerns off the table and makes sense as it matches up nicely with what EMC is already doing on a broader scale.  Specifically, we think this announcement will be welcomed by current and prospective VCE customers, as it means:

  1. There is no longer any uncertainty about the ownership status of VCE, and customers can feel more confident in committing to a long-term VCE relationship backed by a strong owner.
  2. The timing and efficiency of new product innovation cycles will only improve as a result of a single owner structure with more streamlined transition from vision to technology-based execution.
  3. The long-range commitment to Cisco-branded technology in the VCE Vblock is sound, with a robust roadmap that includes assurances of leveraging both UCS and ACI as cornerstones moving forward.
Topics: EMC Cisco VMware VCE

Does VCE really mean Virtuous Customer Experience?

Over the past couple of days my colleague Mark Bowker and I have had the pleasure of being out in California’s San Diego area spending time with all the top execs at VCE. A bunch of the juicy stuff can’t be shared as yet due to NDAs – though I will say it is all directionally good and going to provide some really great new capabilities for VCE customers.

That being said – what I really came away with was so much more than just another ‘yada-yada-speeds-and-feeds’ understanding of what VCE is all about. A year ago I would have been thinking ‘but what about … and what about … or why didn’t you do this?’ Now I’m just damn impressed with a company that has really figured out what it is good at and it has completely focused on that. The VCE folks talked a lot about simplicity – simplicity in the product line as well as the experience of moving a Vblock from the loading dock to making it run workloads. What really is going on is there is an executive team highly focused on delivering outstanding service to their customers. Here are some of the highlights on how they are doing that:

Topics: Cloud Computing EMC Cisco cloud VMware Private Cloud Infrastructure Virtualization VCE Converged Infrastructure Public Cloud Service

VCE Continues to Demonstrate Solid Momentum

VCE remains the vendor that, when I mention their name, the lights go on and people seem to get the value of ICPs (integrated computing platforms). While many vendors are participating in this market, VCE’s early market presence and leadership continues to build momentum amongst the industry and its customers.

VCE's most recent announcement was packed with momentum and further validation of the areas of focus they spoke of in 1H2013. These new announcements include:

  • vBlocks: New vBlock 340 with EMC Next Gen VNX & a specialized system vBlock for high performance databases (well timed for the 60,000 attendees at Oracle Open World 2013)
  • Vision 2.5 improvements with additional integration with VMware and tied into Cloud Accelerator Services
  • Go to Market Partners: Expanded programs and increased incentives
Topics: Cloud Computing Storage EMC Cisco IT Infrastructure VMware Private Cloud Infrastructure Networking Compute integrated computing platforms ICP VCE

CloudNFV - Network Function Virtualization’s stealthy cloud association

It isn’t easy being a start-up. First, the SDN future looked bright, promising start-ups an opportunity to unseat incumbent IP and Ethernet networking titans. Concerned network and cloud service providers had banded together to form the Open Networking Foundation (ONF.org – now at 100 members) to help define programmable networks with a separate, open control plane, initially based on a coincidentally like-minded university’s OpenFlow controller for an enterprise networking test bed. Facing the doom of rapid traffic growth with little new revenue (the classic ‘scissor’ diagram), the current NSP Capex model to scale networks needed to change or they would need to raise prices, potentially strangling the life from the mobile and Internet golden goose pair. And to take server virtualization to the next level, namely VM mobility, Cloud SPs need network virtualization and SDN to make them bandwidth dynamic and enable application calls for bandwidth on-demand. So venture capital flowed like milk and honey to eager SDN start-ups, all expecting to emulate Nicira’s very good fortune.

But then the sleeping networking giants (a.k.a good shepards, or jolly ranchers?) stirred when they saw their cash cow herds at-risk to the new start-up wolves. Should they armor their cash-cows or might a scarecrow do? On April 8th, 2013 OpenDaylight was launched. From ODL’s mission: At this early stage of SDN adoption, the industry acknowledges the benefits of establishing an open, reference framework for programmability and control through an open source SDN solution. Such a framework maintains the flexibility and choice to allow organizations to deploy SDN as they please, yet still mitigates many of the risks of adopting early stage technologies and integrating with existing infrastructure investments.”

Topics: Cisco IT Infrastructure VMware Networking Juniper AWS Simplivity VCE ONF Public Cloud Service