This week has been a busy week for integrated infrastructure solutions. Of course, this isn’t a complete surprise around here—we have been preaching the gospel of simplified infrastructure and integrated solution stacks for some time; however, it is gratifying to see the concept continue to evolve and gain customer traction.
One of the developments we are particularly pleased with is the announcement today from EMC regarding their EMC VSPEX program. Cisco and EMC have a long history of partnering together for the benefit of our mutual customers, from storage solutions to the original Vblock to VSPEX. For those of you who missed the announcement, VSPEX is a reference design program to help guide customers as they build out their next generation of infrastructure. With our own success with the Cisco Validated Design program, we know this is an effective tool for customers as they look for trusted resources to guide infrastructure investment decisions.
We are a big fan of giving customers choice and giving them options and letting them decide on a path that best suits their needs. EMC’s VSPEX program is another great example of this. Its complimentary to our existing offerings in this space, so VSPEX gives customers yet another option and may appeal to customers that did not see the existing options as a good fit or might not have otherwise considered this approach.
“These integrated approaches have proven themselves in their ability to help customers deploy more quickly, reduce TCO, and generally make life simpler” notes David Yen, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Data Center Business Group, “it has been great to work with EMC on these VSPEX designs because they make these benefits accessible to an even larger cross-section of our customers.”
Because of the strong Cisco/EMC working relationship at all levels of the company, EMC chose to feature Cisco UCS and Cisco Nexus gear in 10 of the initial 14 EMC VSPEX configurations. Building upon this, there is also work underway to develop joint CVD/VSPEX validated configurations—if you are looking to a blueprint for you next data center project, I don’t think you can get much better than that.
Finally, below is an interview with Wendy Bahr, SVP for Global Strategic Partners, who shares her thoughts on the EMC VSPEX announcement.