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Cisco, EMC coalition expands data center portfolio

Jim Duffy | Feb. 21, 2013
VCE, the data center coalition formed by Cisco, EMC and VMware, this week expanded its product portfolio with low-end versions of its integrated infrastructure system, certification to run SAP software and new management capabilities.

For application optimization, VCE unveiled a specialized Vblock system for the SAP HANA computing and database platform. This is the first such Vblock system optimized for core enterprise workloads, VCE says.

Vblock Specialized System SAP HANA has received SAP HANA certification, which VCE says enables enterprises to compute, analyze and transact large amounts of data in real-time, either on-premises or via the cloud, using the Vblock converged infrastructure system. Deploying traditional SAP software projects on Vblock systems can reduce the time required to provision new SAP application servers from days or weeks to minutes, VCE claims.

VCE also says its Vblock system can produce up to 50% better SAP database and application performance.

Oracle is the leading vendor in the integrated workload segment of the data center infrastructure market, according to Gartner, with revenue growing almost 78% in the second quarter of 2012. Up to now, VCE did not participate in this market, which also includes IBM and HP.

For management, VCE rolled out VCE Vision Intelligent Operations. This application enables converged infrastructure management for the entire Vblock portfolio, acting as a mediation layer between Vblock systems and existing data center management tools.

Vision Intelligent Operations informs those tools about Vblock systems by performing discovery to provide a "single-objective perspective" on Vblock systems. The software has native integration with VMware's virtualization and cloud management portfolio and also supports API-enabled integration into other industry management toolsets.

"It makes Vblock interact with management and orchestration systems, as well as applications," Akkiraju says. "It makes Vblock workload aware."

Vblock System 100 is now available through VCE and its partners. Vblock System 200 is in early customer shipment and is targeted for general availability in the second quarter.

VCE Vision Intelligent Operations and Vblock Specialized System SAP HANA are in early customer shipment and are also targeted for general availability in the second quarter.


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