Converged systems target big data, mobility and cloud workloads.
VCE is targeting big data, mobility, analytics and the cloud with an all-flash version of its Vblock converged infrastructure storage solution.
The launch of the latest Vblock Systems from VCE – a VMware, Cisco and EMC partnership – is the Vblock System 540, the first all-flash array from VCE, which mixes Cisco’s Unified Computing System and Nexus ACI-Ready networking with EMC’s XtremIO storage.
Targeting cloud, mobility and big data workloads, the 540 can be extended to attach to EMC Isilon storage and Cisco’s UCS systems, with customers benefitting from unified support from those companies.
Charles King, principal analyst with Pund-IT Research, wrote in a research report that the 540 "provides clear evidence of the value of VCE’s best of breed strategy by joining the flash-based goodness of EMC’s market-leading XtremIO flash storage with Cisco’s newest generation UCS and Nexus technologies.
"The result is a Vblock ready to take on both demanding high-performance enterprise workloads and emerging big data, cloud, mobile and social applications."
VCE also unveiled a System 740 targeted at high-end applications, which uses Cisco UCS and Nexus networking technologies and EMC’s VMax 3 storage.
VCE claims the 740 boosts storage performance by a power of three, reduces TCO by a further 50% and offers simpler provisioning.
Berna Devrim, director of proiduct marketing at VCE, wrote in a blog post: "By integrating VMware and Cisco cloud stacks and technologies, VCE offers an out-of-box private cloud solution to deliver virtual machine as a service (VMaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS), paving the path for higher level services and giving customers choices based on their preferences."