Dell-EMC expands its CI platform, simplifies data center operations


Standing up a private cloud using technology from multiple vendors is a time-consuming, complex process that involves months of post-deployment tweaking and tuning.

In 2009, VMware, Cisco and EMC formed a joint venture called VCE that aimed to solve that problem. (Note: Cisco and VMWare are clients of ZK Research.) They created a converged infrastructure (CI) product called “Vblock” that brought together VMware software, Cisco servers and networking with EMC storage in a preconfigured, turnkey, validated solution so customers could essentially turn the product on and start using it.

Vblock had 90 percent of the heavy lifting done, with the other 10 percent being unique the organization. Customers loved it, with many saying Vblock was the only way to get a private cloud up and running inside a week. 

Since then, the company has been subsumed into the Dell-EMC mothership and now makes up the Converged Platforms and Solutions Division (CPSD), which includes its Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) solutions, VxRack and VxRail. Also, Vblock has been retired in favor of VxBlock, a name initially given to the version of the product that ran VMware’s NSX SDN solution.

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