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EMC announces EMC VSPEX Proven Infrastructure

Software is designed to help companies deploy private cloud

EMC announces EMC VSPEX Proven Infrastructure
VSPEX is intended to help companies easily roll out cloud and virtualisation soltuions.

EMC has announced its EMC VSPEX Proven Infrastructure - designed to be a simple, efficient, and flexible reference architecture comprised of EMC's storage systems and next-generation backup products, along with best-of-breed virtualisation, server, and network technology from EMC alliance partners Brocade, Cisco, Citrix, Intel, Microsoft, and VMware.

"EMC is uniquely delivering a complete spectrum of choice for organizations on the journey to cloud computing.  VSPEX provides a balance of simplicity and flexibility, while maximising efficiency. We are excited to be building VSPEX with industry leaders like Brocade, Cisco, Citrix, Intel, Microsoft and VMware and delivering it to our customers exclusively through our Velocity channel partners," said Jeremy Burton, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, EMC Corporation.

The fourteen initial VSPEX configurations are focused on enabling customers to accelerate deployment of private cloud and end user computing environments.

For private cloud deployments customers have the option of running VMware vSphere 5.0 or Microsoft Windows Hyper-V  from 50-250 virtual machines and for end-user computing deployments customers can choose between VMware View and Citrix XenDesktop from 50 to 2,000 virtual desktops.

"EMC VSPEX Proven Infrastructure provides reliable and efficient data centre solutions for a wide range of businesses as they accelerate their journey to the cloud. Using VMware cloud infrastructure on EMC VSPEX enables organizations to become more efficient and flexible as their evolving business needs require, and provides an opportunity for our mutual channel partners to expand their roles as trusted technology advisers," said Scott Aronson, senior vice president, Global Channels and Alliances, VMware.

VSPEX Proven Infrastructures is designed to be simple and deliver predictable performance that significantly reduces the planning, sizing and configuration burdens of adopting private cloud or end-user computing environments.

In addition, EMC's validation of the VSPEX configuration is designed to greatly reduce deployment time.  Finally, tight alignment with Windows Server Hyper-V and VMware vSphere cloud infrastructure provides customers a single point of management using System Centre for Microsoft cloud and VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite for private cloud deployments.

Built on EMC's VNX and VNXe unified storage systems and Avamar and Data Domain next-generation backup products, VSPEX is designed to be efficient. The solution leverages technologies such as data deduplication, compression and Fully Automated Storage Tiering (FAST), and customers can expect to significantly lower operational costs. By integrating these technologies tightly with the hypervisor and end-user computing environments, customers can also benefit from simpler administration and lower management costs.

The flexibility of VSPEX allows customers to combine their choice of industry-leading server, network, and virtualisation technologies into a proven infrastructure validated by EMC and built on a highly flexible EMC storage and backup infrastructure. Additionally, the customer's channel partner of choice - who understands the specific customer's requirements - can customise VSPEX to meet their needs. 

"With VSPEX we're giving our channel partners the tools to address the fast growing market in virtual infrastructure and private cloud computing.  VSPEX will accelerate customers journey to the cloud as it enables our partners to build value and differentiation. VSPEX has changed how solutions are delivered with partners," said Gregg Ambulos, senior vice president of Global Channel Sales, EMC Corporation.

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