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Cisco CVD’s on VSPEX…Giddy ‘UP!

August 29, 2012 - 2 Comments

Cisco CVD’s are published…Giddy up!

Cisco Solution for EMC VSPEX…the overview

Yesterday Cisco and EMC announced new milestones in our collaboration on IT Transformation with VCE Vblock and with EMC VSPEX Proven Infrastructures.  The announcement includes two new Cisco Validated Designs (CVD) along with aligned channel partner incentives and customer support for VSPEX.  Through these advancements, and a decade long partnership, Cisco and EMC are working closer than ever together to accelerate IT transformation and the journey to the cloud.

3 Paths to the Cloud

Cisco and EMC together offer customers a flexible set of choices.  We refer to it as the three paths to the cloud.  The choice is fairly simple.

* Implement a customized design with best of breed products.

* Purchase a pre-integrated converged infrastructure with VCE Vblock System.

* Install a validated, easy to deploy reference architecture with Cisco Solutions for EMC VSPEX.












What is VSPEX?

VSPEX is a reference architecture approach for IT solutions that have been tested and validated.  These solutions are available exclusively through channel partners and comprise EMC’s award-winning storage systems and next generation backup products along with Cisco’s industry leading Unified Computing and Fabric.  Today we have published 9 reference architectures specifically designed for two use cases; server virtualization and end user computing.

What did Cisco publish?

Cisco just published two new CVD’s for VSPEX for the server virtualiztion use case.  A Cisco Solution for EMC VSPEX for VMware vSphere 5.0 Architectures and the Cisco Solution for EMC VSPEX for Microsoft Hper-V Architectures.  The VSPEX solutions integrate computing, networking, and storage resources to provide a unified data center framework that delivers outstanding results.  The solution designs are flexible and can be easily scaled, optimized for a variety of workloads and mixed applications, and have been developed to address the business needs of our customers.

There is a really easy way to find them.  Just go to   This link will take you directly to the CVD’s.

Cisco CVD’s are Scalable, Reliable, Predictable

Cisco Validated Designs consist of systems and solutions desgined, tested, and documented to facilitate faster, more reliable, and more predictable deployments.  Cisco customers and our partners have come to trust Cisco Validated Designs.  Cisco Validated Design Guides are comprehensive, design and implementation guides. The validated systems and solutions have undergone thorough architectural design development and lab testing, and provide guidance for the introduction of new technologies, emerging architectures, or the enhancement of the customer’s network.

The bottom line?  You can get to production sooner because we do the testing in our labs.

“CVD’s are unique to Cisco.  Most of our competitors have nothing like it nor do they have the array of products to even demonstrate a process similar to CVD.” – Mike Rau, VP Cisco Enterprise Sales

The CVD’s are available today!  In subsequent posts I will take a closer look at each CVD.  In the interim check them out.

Giddy Up!  Let’s go VSPEX!

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  1. Thanks for the comment. Hopefully we have it fixed now.

  2. For some reason the “go” link is broken. Here are alternative ways to get the CVD:

    Cisco Design Zone: Link to VSPEX under the Converged Infrastructure heading

    Data Center Designs: Cloud Computing