Today, VCE made several big announcements:
- Major updates to VCE VBlocks
- Expansion of the CI portfolio to include VCE VxBlocks – a broader spectrum of technology choices, starting with VMware NSX, but will be applied more generally.
- VCE Technology Extensions
- VCE Vscale Architecture
- VCE Vision 3.0
Here’s the net – and then read on past the break for the details.
Point A: The converged infrastructure market is hot, and growing like crazy.
The reason is basic: IT must become more simple. One way is for workloads moving to public clouds and SaaS. A second way is that for workloads that stay on premise, converged infrastructure is a “simplifier”. Furthermore – the same principles of “engineered outcomes” will move above the infrastructure (you can see us working on that with the Enterprise Hybrid Cloud - “industriailzing the outcome” using the vSphere, vRealize, vCloud and PCF stacks).
Point B: It isn’t going to be all one architectural model – regardless of what anyone says.
You’ll have Integrated Infrastructure (strength is broad data services for traditional workloads, and economics at scale). You’ll have Hyper-Converged (strength is simpler operational model, and “start small and grow” economic scaling). You’ll have RackScale systems. They will grow in different ways. We may be wrong in our estimation of the growth rates – only time will tell.
Point C: It will be two different operational models - “Engineered Systems” and “Appliances”.
Think of the experience of buying a bespoke suit.
First, you get measured. Then you make choices on fabrics, liners, and more – almost infinite variations. Then, the suit is tailored – which takes some time - weeks. Then you try it on – and small adjustments are made. But – you end up with a suit that fits your body like a glove.
This is the experience of an “engineered system” like a Vblock or a VxBlock – whether it’s converged, or hyper-converged. You work with your EMC team or partner along with a VCE vArchitect to design the solution. Choices of the elements and scaling points – almost infinite variations. The design is validated and then engineered in the VCE factory – including the networking and cabling. You end up with a converged infrastructure system that fits your enterprise and workloads like a glove, and rolls right in.
Now think of the experience of buying a suit off the rack.
First, you go to the store, and evaluate the choices (sizes, fabrics, and colors) on the rack. There is variation – but limited. You evaluate, and make decision in minutes. There’s a little tailoring, but only superficial adjustments (length of sleeves and legs). It’s a quick suit buying experience, it’s simple, it’s easy, and you get the suit that you need fast – and it’s the same as the one that others select.
This is the experience of an “appliance” like VSPEX Blue (and ultimately what we’ll also do with EVO:RACK). You get a list of choices – but variability is limited in exchange for velocity (partners can get trained in minutes, and the appliances can be ordered and delivered in a heartbeat), and the ultimate in simplicity, operation (install and up and running in <15 minutes). There is nothing simpler than VSPEX Blue. It’s a quick converged infrastructure buying experience, it’s simple, it’s easy, and you get the converged infrastructure that you need fast – and it’s the same as the one that others select.
Which one of these is “right”? Both. Which one is growing? Both.
VCE is far and away the leader in the market of converged infrastructure. Today’s announcements expand on the strengths of VCE Vblock – but also signal where we’re taking the CI market, and why EMC brought VCE into the family. We have a platform to innovate and expand up into the solution stack, and also sideways all the different architectural forms of CI, and into both “engineered systems” and “appliance” models.
EMC intends to be the converged infrastructure leader in all the categories of converged infrastructure and solutions (right up to the IaaS/PaaS layer using the Federation technologies – but also offering choice), and the VCE machinery and our channel partners give us the ability to do it.
Read on past the break for more details on the elements of the day’s announcements!