With Cisco Live! next week in Las Vegas (June 25-29th) it’s a good time to provide a quick, but important update on what we’re doing around CI. Our Dell EMC team will be there in force – and for all of us, I hope it cools down :-)
Now, on to the topic of the post. I deeply, personally believe that transparency is good. When you know what people are doing, and why – particularly when they do what they say over time – you build trust and based on trust you can partner deeply.
Since the merger of Dell and EMC we’ve continued to maintain our Converged Infrastructure leadership while dramatically accelerating our strategy and execution on the Hyper-Converged market with VxRail, VxRack, and XC.
While it would be disingenuous that some partnerships (with Cisco and Nutanix in particular) don’t have a “new dynamic” to them – our focus and our partners’ focus on the customer and giving choices has guided us well, and we’re continuing to see it reflect in the results.
So – all good, and and cooking fast!
That said, I’ve been learning fast and hard in this new role of mine about the importance for leaders to keep pruning/focusing/simplifying.
Where there is a chance to simplify that we think is in our customer’s interests, we’re going to take it. Where we think choice is in the customer interest, we’re going to offer it.
Here, there’s a chance to simplify our CI offers from two to one – and we’re going to take it.
Today we have two CI platforms called Vblock and VxBlock. They sound similar, and tend to create confusion for our customers…when they really shouldn’t.
The distinction between the two is whether or not they use the Nexus 1000v software 3rd party distributed switch(Vblock) or the VMware Distributed Switch (VxBlock).
Let me be clear, and not bury the lead:
We will simplify our CI platform strategy is going forward, we've decided to bring Vblock and VxBlock together. Starting on July 1st, we will only offer VxBlock Systems going forward as our CI offer.
When you turn to your Dell EMC team, when people want the “easy button” to effectively stop wasting time and money trying to build, integrate and sustain their infrastructure - we can now offer a clear and simplified CI/HCI portfolio of VxBlock, VxRack, VxRail and XC, and datacenter fabrics to bind them together.
To understand what is driving this, what it means to customers, and what to expect next, read on!