New applications and cloud computing are placing new demands on IT infrastructure. The infrastructure needs to be capable of quickly responding to dynamic business priorities and changing market conditions. Customers require an IT infrastructure that brings the scale, agility, and mission-critical availability the business demands, both today and tomorrow. Hence, the industry is witnessing a movement to integrated infrastructure. What is integrated infrastructure? Integrated infrastructure combines compute, network, management, and storage technologies to simplify and accelerate application deployment.
The integrated infrastructure segment continues to be one of the fastest growing IT markets. I recently highlighted that Cisco was the leader in the integrated infrastructure market with leading integrated systems built on top of UCS integrated infrastructure (Cisco UCS, Cisco Nexus, and UCS Director). In fact, in Gartner’s inaugural Magic Quadrant report for integrated systems, integrated systems based on UCS integrated infrastructure have been rated in the Leaders Quadrant. In addition, IDC just released their Q1 2014 Worldwide Quarterly Integrated Infrastructure and Platforms Tracker with UCS integrated infrastructure participating in the top three integrated infrastructure solutions. These results show that innovation and solving customer pain points is still a solid formula for success.
At Cisco, we see the need for application centric and hybrid cloud enabled infrastructure to quickly deploy and dynamically locate workloads. With UCS Integrated Infrastructure and Cisco ACI, customers will be able to automate the provisioning of network, compute, and storage resources. With Cisco Intercloud Fabric, customers can build secure hybrid clouds and extend their existing data center to public clouds as needed and on demand. Both Cisco ACI and Cisco Intercloud fabric help lower costs, simplify infrastructure management, and accelerate the delivery of IT resources.
Today, EMC announced a series of new products and solutions under their “Megalaunch” umbrella. The launch includes major updates to EMC’s industry-leading storage platforms. The new VMAX3 enterprise data service platform is designed for hybrid clouds by delivering enhanced scalability and agility with data center performance and availability.
I am very excited about the capabilities of UCS integrated infrastructure with ACI, Cisco Intercloud Fabric, and the EMC VMAX3 being the foundation for high performance, automated, and trusted hybrid clouds.
I recently had the opportunity to meet with Trey Leyton, VP & CTO for VCE, to discuss VCE’s momentum and how they use Cisco technologies to deliver a truly converged infrastructure and an incredible customer experience.
Last year, VCE achieved a $1 billion per year run rate with the VblockTM Systems portfolio. Customers have returned to purchase additional systems. Seventy percent of Vblock customers buy a 2nd and 3rd Vblock system. Why? VCE delivers a great customer experience. Vblock is a truly converged infrastructure, it is pre-integrated, factory built and tested, delivered as a single product with one phone number to call for support. A converged infrastructure such as Vblock requires a holistic management solution. Cisco UCS Director enables the automation and orchestration of converged infrastructures from a single-view portal improving IT efficiency. These efficiency gains allow IT to spend much less time managing infrastructure.
Ninety nine percent of the time a Vblock system is operational within 48 hours of being delivered. A solution that is usable this quickly meets the requirements of both technical and business IT teams. The factory-integration and validation accelerates deployment, enabling IT technical staff to focus on driving innovation rather than installing infrastructure. IT executives like that the infrastructure is operational faster to help drive the business forward.
Vblock Systems eliminate many of the challenges that consume today’s data center resources including planning, setting up and deploying infrastructure, and keeping infrastructure up to date. Basically, Vblock Systems can simplify every aspect of IT operations while boosting productivity and lowering costs.
Infrastructure will always matter if your goal is to deliver an elastic, automated cloud computing environment. The success and momentum of VCE with the Vblock Systems portfolio is proof that a truly converged infrastructure using best-in-class technologies from Cisco (Cisco UCS, Cisco Nexus Switches) and EMC (EMC VNXe, VNX and Symmetrix VMAX) can help customers can get projects done faster, with better performance, higher availability and low total cost of ownership.
Cisco and EMC continue to partner closely to speed our customers journey to the cloud via our “three paths to the cloud’ strategy. The strategy enables customers to implement custom-design infrastructures with best-of-breed products, validated reference architectures via Cisco solutions for EMC VSPEX, and pre-integrated converged infrastructure from VCE.
In the last year, Cisco solutions for EMC VSPEX have generated significant momentum with customers and partners. In this short period of time we have:
Signed up more than 850 channel partners
Nearly 1,000 VSPEX customers around the world
Published 9 CVD’s focused on virtualization and desktop virtualization
60% y/y growth in viewership on our VSPEX CVD pages
Cisco and EMC will continue collaborating on VSPEX to expand the solution portfolio and accelerate growth. As a preview of future VSPEX CVDs, two new solution briefs have just been released. These solution briefs enable customers to choose their desired hypervisor, Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 R2 or VMware VSphere 5.1, and get a validated configuration for up to 1000 virtual machines based upon Cisco UCS servers and networking with next-generation EMC VNX Series storage. The next-generation EMC VNX Series storage will complement VSPEX solutions by enhancing virtual application performance through multicore optimization software taking advantage of the latest multicore CPUs.
Building your own infrastructure solutions can not only take time and resources but also can introduce additional risk and complexity. This is exactly the problem that Cisco solutions for EMC VSPEX solves by offering presized and validated solutions that give customers confidence that they are deploying the right balance of computing, networking, and storage resources.
Congratulations to the Cisco and EMC teams for their momentum with Cisco Solutions for EMC VSPEX and thank you for making it easy for organizations to quickly deploy a powerful, secure virtualized environment without the expense or risk entailed in designing and building a custom solution.