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Cisco, EMC unveil data center joint venture

Jim Duffy | Nov. 4, 2009
VMware and Intel also have supporting roles in joint production

There are three Vblocks. Vblock 2 is a high-end configuration supporting up to 3,000 to 6,000 virtual machines targeted at large enterprises and service providers. Vblock 2 includes Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS), Nexus 1000v software switch and MDS storage-area network switches; EMC's Symmetrix V-Max storage system; and the VMware vSphere platform.

Vblock 1 is a midsize configuration supporting 800 to 3,000 VMs. Vblock 1 includes Cisco's UCS, Nexus 1000v and MDS, EMC's CLARiiON storage system and the VMware vSphere platform.

Vblock 0 will be an entry-level configuration available in 2010, supporting 300 to 800 VMs, aimed at midsize businesses, small data centers, and for test and development by customers and partners. Vblock 0 is comprised of Cisco's UCS and Nexus 1000v, EMC's Unified Storage and the VMware vSphere platform.

Vblock products will be managed by EMC's Ionix Unified Infrastructure Manager and secured by EMC RSA security products.

Vblock Infrastructure Packages are scheduled to be available this quarter direct from authorized systems integrators and channel partners. EMC, Cisco and VMware components can be purchased directly from the respective companies or their authorized partners.

The companies say they will also develop other Vblock packages for shared business services, applications and vertical industries. One example is the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure on Vblock, which is designed to enhance the provisioning, scale-out and back-end management of enterprise applications and users.

Vblocks will comply with the ISO 27001 standard for information management security, the companies say.

The coalition has also invested in dedicated pre-sales, professional services and single support contact comprised of personnel from all three companies.

The Acadia joint venture expects to begin customer operations in the first quarter of 2010. The companies did not disclose the investment they've made in Acadia.

The Virtual Computing Environment coalition already has six system integrator partners: Accenture, Capgemini, CSC, Lockheed Martin, Tata Consulting Services and Wipro. Service provider partners include Savvis, Orange, SunGard and Terremark. Channel partners include Bell Canada, CDW, Presidio, World Wide Technology, Dimension Data and Verizon Services, among others.

 

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