VblockLabThe converged infrastructure space continues to evolve, and has seen an increase in competition from ‘hyper-converged’ platforms such as Nutanix over the last couple of years. Most organizations value pre-built solutions because they can reduce their time-to-value while simplifying their environment through pre-validated configurations. Hyper-converged platforms bring further simplicity by leveraging internal storage, and are designed for optimum performance in fully virtualized server environments. Both types of converged technology are used by organizations of all sizes to the time it takes to deploy an infrastructure, and to leverage private cloud to host their applications.

Market leader VCE recently announced the new Vblock 540 system, which uses EMC XtremIO ‘bricks’ as its storage foundation to provide an unprecedented prebuilt solution based entirely on an all-flash array. Also included in Vblock 540 is Cisco’s latest networking technology, Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). Like all previous Vblocks, the 540 uses Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) as its server component, and is centrally managed with VCE’s Vision Intelligent Operations software.

The Vblock 540 fits between the EMC VNX-based Vblock 340 and their VMAX-based Vblock 740. The newest Vblock provides an excellent option for performance-sensitive applications such as virtual desktops and large database environments.

Another big announcement this week from VCE was that the company has been acquired from Cisco by EMC. VCE will remain an independent business in the EMC Federation, which also includes EMC II, Pivotal, RSA and VMware. VCE was originally formed in 2009 as Acadia, a joint venture between VMware, Cisco and EMC, with Intel having a small ownership percentage. Check out all the latest details on the VCE announcement at www.vce.com.

Sirius is an EMC Signature Business Partner and Cisco Gold Partner, and has been partnering with VCE for almost two years. Our teams’ diverse skills and offerings can easily be brought together to help you define and deliver a private cloud solution that meets and exceeds your requirements, while simplifying your company’s IT agility. Regardless of your current IT challenges, Sirius can help you simplify your options, focus on creating the best solution, and then implement it quickly.

Reach out to your local Sirius client executive or visit the VCE partner page on siriuscom.com for more information about Vblock solutions from VCE. Or contact us if you’d like to hear from a Sirius representative to learn which converged infrastructure solutions will best fit your needs.