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VBlocks


The stack wars continue…..

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VCE (Vmware – Cisco – EMC) or Virtualized Computing Environment was born back in Nov 2009. We have heard a lot about VBlocks in the Blogosphere, now the same technology is making it to major podcasts, social media live video streaming and significantly many customer discussions are focused around offering IT as a Service, which is enabled by the VBlocks.

Customers saw a vision and a story behind VBlocks and EMC’s initiative on the Private Cloud at EMC World 2010. Right before the conference, Michael Capellas took the reins at Acadia to run this joint venture majorly held by Cisco and EMC.  The Journey to the Private Cloud (the principle theme of EMC World 2010), which was based on VPLEX and VBLOCKS, the so-called next generation virtualized, mobilized, private cloudisized, efficiency driven data centers, brings the theme of data anywhere, anytime.

VBlocks can be best defined as an out of box, ready to deploy offering from VCE Alliance, also this alliance will offer IT based services around VBlocks deployment and orchestration.

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Running at its core is virtualization (Vmware not HyperV) and there are 3 available versions in the market today

  • VBlock 0: UCS Blades, EMC Celerra, Cisco MDS Switches, Virtualized Environment
  • VBlock 1: UCS Blades, EMC Clariion CX4, Cisco MDS Switches, Virtualized Environment
  • VBlock 2: UCS Blades, EMC VMAX, Cisco Nexus Switches, Virtualized Environment

All these options now available with EMC VPLEX Local and VPLEX Metro.

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The next generation VBlocks should be custom tailored solutions and not a preconfigured and prepackaged box (0, 1 and 2) like it is available today.

Is it about meeting customer requirements…..or pushing BLOCKS…..

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VBlock from storagenerve on Vimeo (Video from EMC World 2010 at the VBlocks Booth).

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Other stacks being build:

  • Following the footsteps HDS UCP, custom converged environment already announced and expected to be GA’ed later in the year.
  • Similarly HP Convergence offering includes HP Blades, HP EVAs, HP Virtual Connect with HyperV or Vmware Virtualized environment in the box.  This offering was much customized than a prepackaged solution.

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Where is it going..

As much as we talk about the stack wars, we agree, we disagree; the truth is it is the platform of tomorrow given its advantages…

Its about manageability, usability, ease of deployment, easy serviceability, enablement of IT As A Service, one throat to choke, tested compatibility, single dashboard (ease of configuration and alerts – single pane of glass view), chargeback’s for IT Services and importantly high efficiency and ability to run defined workloads.

There are drawbacks to VBlocks and Seve…… may continue in a blog post some other time….

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