Tom Chatham is a Principal vArchitect with VCE Corporate Engineering responsible for delivering VCE solutions, customer solution testing, technical marketing events and evangelizing private cloud. 16 years of experience in the industry, most of that time spent focused on storage, virtualization and unified computing. Including extensive network infrastructure, systems architecture and business continuity.
Tom is at EMC World in Las Vegas these days and on Twitter @tchatham -- Check booths 410 or 515 .
I asked Tom to share his experience and point of view on the EANTC Cloud Mega Test - here is what he sent me
“Over the past four to five months, there has been significant buzz about VCE’s role in the EANTC Cloud Mega Test. I was lucky enough to be a part of the test team, and I wanted to share some of my experiences in working on this fantastic project with EANTC and Cisco.
It started with a bang, of course. Back in late January, Light Reading published their first report on the testing EANTC had done of Cisco’s CloudVerse architecture. I was at Cisco Live London where details of the test were first shared and members of the CloudVerse team were in attendance to share the results. Over the next couple of months, EANTC followed that up with other reports in the series. All in all, they covered the Cisco Unified Data Center that is the foundation for cloud services, Cloud Intelligent Networks, Cloud Applications & Services, and Long-haul Optical Transport used in delivering cloud-based services. Of course, I wasn’t involved in all of that.
As with all of the Mega Test programs (the Mobile Mega Test and Medianet Mega Test being the ones that Light Reading conducted previously), these programs are a big deal. Cisco spends millions of dollars -- literally -- on lab infrastructure, engineers and communications for each one of these tests. Light Reading has EANTC come in to provide independent, objective oversight and testing. And when the report comes out, there is a lot of buzz in the industry on exactly what went on. It’s not every day we get to play in a multi-million dollar sandbox! I was one of several dozen people from Cisco, VMware, VCE, EMC and Ixia working on this project.
As the buzz about the test bounced around in the industry, a sidebar conversation emerged about VCE’s involvement in the test. As you may know from social media, I’m a Principal vArchitect with VCE Corporate Engineering. Essentially, my job is to make sure that customers get the most out of VCE’s technology – VblockTM Systems. The Vblock system is pre-engineered, pre-tested converged infrastructure that combines Cisco’s computing and networking equipment, EMC’s storage equipment, and virtualization from VMware. VCE itself operates as a joint venture between Cisco and EMC with investments from VMware and Intel.
One of the things that was missed in the excitement over the test results themselves was the fact that the Vblock system played a big part in the Cloud Mega Test.
It’s time for EMC fans to gather from across the globe for this great event: EMC World in Las Vegas started today!
It’s also an opportunity to learn about Cisco’s cloud management solutions, designed to deliver end-to-end unified management and an intelligent approach to IT automation — complementing intelligent infrastructure such as UCS, Nexus, EMC storage, and the Vblock platform.
You may have heard that we recently introduced the new Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud Starter Edition. Here’s a brief overview and demo featured on TechWise TV:
Elvis may have left the building, but Cisco is just arriving to Booth 402 at EMC World. There’s a lot to learn and see, here are some highlights from the Unified Data Center point of view.
Session Title: Transforming Data Center Storage Networks to the Cloud Speaker: Dr. J Michel Metz, Product Manager, Cisco and Josh Mello, Solutions Technical Marketing, EMC Date/Time: Monday, May 21, 2012, 4:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.
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.