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Next week, the IT community heads to San Francisco for VMworld. With more than 20,000 attendees, the event has become one of the premiere IT conferences in the world. And for VSPEX BLUE, it’s right where we want to be.


Now I'm not saying we are going so far as to paint VMworld BLUE, but from #v0dgeball to the business- and technology-focused sessions, to the VSPEX BLUE appliance purring away in the VCE booth (#1015), to the experts manning the Genius Bar at the EMC booth (#1405), you won't be able to swing a spoonful of Rice-a-Roni without running into someone talking about VSPEX BLUE.


Look for the team out there in full force spreading the hyper converged goodness, along with the Blocks, Racks, and Appliances story that is perfectly positioned to help transform and redefine your IT operations.


Below is a list of the presentations we will be delivering on the solutions expo floor.

Presentation Title



Sunday, Aug. 30

Redefine.Next: EMC VSPEX and Cisco

Cisco #1721

6:00 pm

Redefining Hyper-Converged Infrastructure with VSPEX BLUE and VMware's EVO:RAIL

VCE #1015

6:00 pm

Monday, Aug. 31

Redefine.Next – EMC VSPEX BLUE and Riverbed

Riverbed #2411

2:30 pm

Redefining Hyper-Converged Infrastructure with VSPEX BLUE and VMware's EVO:RAIL

VCE #1015

3:45 pm

Redefining Hyper-Converged Infrastructure with VSPEX BLUE and VMware's EVO:RAIL

VMware Theater

5:30 pm

Tuesday, Sept. 1

EMC VSPEX and VSPEX BLUE Powered by Eaton

Eaton #1445

1:30 pm

Redefine.Next – EMC VSPEX BLUE and Riverbed

Riverbed #2411

3:00 pm

Wednesday, Sept. 2

Redefining Hyper-Converged Infrastructure with VSPEX BLUE and VMware's EVO:RAIL Technology

EMC #1405

11:40 am

Redefining Hyper-Converged Infrastructure with VSPEX BLUE and VMware's EVO:RAIL Technology

VCE #1015

12:15 pm

Redefine.Next – EMC VSPEX BLUE and Brocade

Brocade #1521

2:00 pm

For more of the best of what there is to see and do throughout the week, take a read through Chad Sakac’s blog: VMworld 2015 – 10 Things to See and Do! He always hits the mark on the not-to-be-missed events and sessions.


In case you want to come with questions about how VSPEX BLUE can have a simply positive impact on your business, check out the VSPEX BLUE page on and get your questions ready.


Maybe you want to find out about what makes VSPEX BLUE different from other HCIA products. You know, the special sauce menu items such as the VSPEX BLUE Market, CloudArray, or RecoverPoint for VMs.


Perhaps you want to know more about the EVO:RAIL software. EVO:RAIL combines a number of essential VMware software titles. The most important component of EVO:RAIL though is VSAN (or Virtual SAN). VSAN is what differentiates EVO:RAIL appliances like VSPEX BLUE from many other virtual server appliances (VSAs). VSAN virtualizes the storage that is native to every EVO:RAIL appliance, and can automatically build and rebalance storage based on the needs of your applications, allowing you to scale seamlessly as your environment grows. In addition to VSAN, there’s vSphere Enterprise Plus Edition, vCenter Server, and vRealize Log Insight.


See you next week in the City by the Bay. VSPEX BLUE is definitely ready to Redefine Simplicity and help you be Ready for Any.

If you’ve followed the VSPEX blog over the past few months, you’ve (hopefully) learned a thing or two about hyper-converged infrastructure and what a hyper-converged appliance can do for your data center.


When it comes to VSPEX BLUE, we talk a lot about what makes it different from all other hyper-converged infrastructure products. We often start with the VSPEX BLUE Market – where you can download EMC industry-leading software like RecoverPoint for VMs and CloudArray, which help you easily protect and move your data to the cloud.


We also talk about the EVO:RAIL software that VSPEX BLUE is built on. EVO:RAIL combines a number of essential VMware software titles, including vSphere Enterprise Plus Edition, vCenter Server, and vRealize Log Insight.


The most important component of  EVO:RAIL though is VSAN (or Virtual SAN). VSAN is what differentiates EVO:RAIL appliances like VSPEX BLUE from many other virtual server appliances (VSAs). VSAN virtualizes the storage that is native to every EVO:RAIL appliance, and can automatically build and rebalance storage based on the needs of your applications, allowing you to scale seamlessly as your environment grows.


While many competitive products also aggregate server-side storage and make it available to your applications, only VSAN runs as a driver within vSphere that is integrated directly into the hypervisor kernel.



VSAs that do not feature this type of integration require a VM controller to run on every server node to balance workloads and allocate storage. These controllers run in the user space – meaning they compete for the same resources as your applications. This means other VSAs require more CPU cycles and memory than a VSAN-based appliance, which can have a detrimental impact on performance. Once performance is affected, your IT staff has to manually fine-tune the environment so as to not impact application and end user performance.


What’s more, as you start to add data services to VSA’s you start to take more resources away from your workload in the name of data efficiency.  Consider a data service like Deduplication.  It’s meant to save on storage space, but an inefficient architecture means that you’re getting disk capacity at the cost of memory and CPU cycles, which are more expensive.  As VSAN evolves to incorporate more data services, those too will be integrated into the kernel and operate substantially more efficiently.


VSAN also offers policy based management, which gives you the ability to publish the capabilities of the underlying storage up through the hypervisor to your vCenter workflows. When you create VMs, you can attach policies to them – like what type of performance it needs, whether it needs to be backed up, etc. VSAN then allocates storage to each VM based on these policies. When you vMotion these virtual machines, the policies move with them, even from appliance to appliance, making scalability even simpler.


Want to learn more about more about VSPEX BLUE, EVO:RAIL, and VSAN? The best way to do it is to meet with one of our product experts at VMworld, coming up in San Francisco August 30th – September 3rd. Send us an email here to reserve a slot today!


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VSPEX BLUE was designed to be simple to deploy and scale, but global distributor Avnet is taking it a step further by building a “Data Center in a Box” solution with VSPEX BLUE at its core.


Avnet takes leading technologies and integrates them into complete solutions at their Global Integration Centers in the US, Brazil, Belgium, the UK, and Australia.  These solutions help Avnet’s customers and value-added resellers meet their specific needs with a product that arrives onsite completely pre-configured and ready to operate.


In the past, Avnet has used VSPEX reference architecture documents to build mobile data center solutions that were designed to stand up to the harshest environments. Their new VSPEX BLUE solution is the next step in the evolution of Avnet’s all-purpose offerings.


This solution contains one 2U VSPEX BLUE appliance, along with 10Gb Ethernet networking interconnects and a Schneider Electric power backup and distribution system. It comes completely pre-cabled inside a half-rack Schneider cabinet.


The VSPEX BLUE appliance is built on VMware’s EVO:RAIL software, and it allows you to virtualize up to 100 physical server or deploy 250 end user desktops per appliance. VSPEX BLUE also features a free license for EMC CloudArray, which helps you expand the storage capacity of the appliance by bursting data to the public cloud of your choice.


Avnet’s VSPEX BLUE-based Data Center in a Box solution significantly reduces complexity by eliminating integration work. It also reduces your datacenter footprint, energy usage, and deployment time. The end result is not just simplicity, but significant cost savings.


Another benefit of the solution is the fact that it can be deployed almost anywhere. The Schneider cabinet is soundproof, meaning the entire system is nearly silent when powered on. This allows you to move your data center to any location where you would normally place a supply or filing cabinet – even if it’s right next to your desk.


Want to know more about this new solution and the technology that’s inside? EMC, Schneider, VMware, and Avnet have put together the video above to give you a complete overview. This Data Center in a Box solution is available now from your Avnet-affiliated reseller.

If you know the IT industry, you know all about the IT hype cycle. Virtually every new technology is breathlessly hailed as “the next big thing” at trade shows, on industry blogs, and in the IT press.


One technology that has received the hype treatment recently is the all-flash storage array. Storage admins have long understood the benefits offered by flash-based disks and the significant increases in I/O and application performance they make possible. For many years, storage admins have added a flash tier to their traditional storage arrays to handle complex workloads.


As end users demand even greater application performance, and as the amount of data that businesses generate and analyze grows, simply adding flash drives to a traditional array no longer provides the right level of performance in many instances, and that is why all-flash arrays have risen in popularity.


Flash by itself, however, is not a cure-all for the problems your IT department is facing. Flash can be more costly and just as difficult to deploy as a traditional system. To fully exploit the benefits of flash, vendors must architecture and design their storage array around the random access capabilities of flash and the diverse workloads that these arrays are expected to support. 


In 2013, EMC introduced XtremIO, our first ever all-flash array. XtremIO has become the fastest growing storage array ever thanks to features that not only boost the performance of your critical workloads, but reduce your storage footprint and TCO, and help IT organizations transform their application lifecycle environment to be more agile and efficient.


XtremIO is a scale-out array that requires no tuning, no zoning, and no RAID setup out of the box – meaning you can get it up and running faster. Once you have the array deployed, you can take advantage of always-on inline global deduplication and compression – meaning your storage takes up less space and makes XtremIO an extremely cost-effective all-flash solution. XtremIO also offers copy data services that allow you to create writeable copies of your data that do not take up any physical storage. 


These features, along with the fact that XtremIO offers breakthrough random I/O performance at consistently low sub-millisecond latency, make XtremIO the perfect storage array for virtualizing your mission critical databases. That’s why we have built VSPEX solutions that help you virtualize your Oracle and SQL databases on XtremIO. These solutions help database administrators significantly shrink the storage requirements of their databases, while also increasing performance and application agility and eliminating the need for time-consuming table rebuilds and performance tuning exercises.


XtremIO’s built-in compression eliminates “white space”, meaning that performance isn’t impacted by fragmentation. This means that DBAs no longer have to spend time rebuilding tables to reclaim space or increase performance as they would on a traditional array. DBAs can also create full-performance database copies for test/dev environments and real time analytics that take up no physical space and deliver production level performance thanks to XtremIO’s in-memory metadata tagging and smart copy operations. In addition to this, you can also add EMC’s business continuity, load balancing, and data protection technologies to build out an extremely reliable OLTP infrastructure.


You can take advantage of all XtremIO and EMC have to offer in Oracle and SQL environments with these new VSPEX solutions. Check out the solution documentation, solution overview, and customer presentations below, and don't miss our interview (above) with Darryl Smith, EMC’s Chief Database Architect, to hear firsthand how EMC is benefiting from XtremIO in our own Oracle environment.


Virtualizing Oracle With VSPEX And XtremIO

Solution Overview

Implementation Guide

Design Guide

Customer Presentation (Below)


Virtualizing SQL Server 2012 And 2014 WIth VSPEX And XtremIO

Solution Overview

Implementation Guide

Design Guide

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Cisco Live is one of the IT industry’s premier training and education events, and it will attract thousands of IT pros and technologists to San Diego next week. The learning opportunities are nearly endless, from the show floor, to industry keynotes, to a stacked schedule of breakouts - it will be difficult not to learn something while you're there.


EMC will have a large presence at the event, starting with our booth on the show floor and stretching into “The Hub” area, the keynotes, and plenty of our partner’s booths. Cisco Live provides you a golden opportunity to meet the EMC experts behind the products, while also gaining a better understanding how EMC’s newest technology can fit into your Cisco environment.


EMC and Cisco have enjoyed a strategic relationship that began over a decade ago, and today includes joint investments in creating new data center solutions and optimizing our technologies to meet the quickly changing needs of end users.


The development of new VSPEX solutions that include Cisco compute and networking is a key focus for EMC, and will be on display at the show. Visit the EMC booth (#2201) to learn more about the joint solutions we have created with Cisco, including a number that have been certified as Cisco Validated Designs after thousands of hours of testing and documentation.


In addition to learning more about Cisco-based VSPEX solutions for virtualization, end user computing, and Infrastructure as a service, you’ll also be able to get an overview of all the different converged solutions EMC has to offer. These include VSPEX BLUE hyper-converged infrastructure, VCE Vblock, and the newly announced VxRack rack scale solution – all of which can be integrated with Cisco’s latest Ethernet switching technology.


The VSPEX experts at the event will be giving a number of presentations on converged infrastructure throughout the show. Check out the schedule below to find out when and where they’re presenting, and also be sure not to miss EMC Chief Technology Officer John Roese's panel slot in Wednesday’s industry keynote.






Industry Keynote – IoE and the IT Mindset Shift – The Evolution of The IT Career

Wednesday 10:30-11:30AM

Halls F-H

John Roese – EMC CTO

Identifying The Right Converged Infrastructure Approach For Your Data Center With EMC

Tuesday 11:30-12PM

Wednesday 11:30-12PM

Intel Booth

Mark Zurlo

VSPEX And VSPEX BLUE Powered By Eaton

Tuesday 1 – 1:20PM

Eaton Booth

Dave Williams

Converged Infrastructure – Options For An Integrated Approach

Tuesday 5-5:15PM

Wednesday 1:45-2:15PM

Cisco Theater East (Tuesday)


PreZentation Theater in The Hub (Wednesday)

Chris Wenzel (Tuesday)


Dave Williams (Wednesday)

Converged Infrastructure – An Integrated Approach With CDW

Wednesday 5:30-6PM

CDW Booth

Chris Wenzel

Whiteboard Session – UCS Integrated Integrated Infrastructure Solutions On VSPEXThursday, 11:40AMCisco BoothMark Zurlo


For more information on the joint VSPEX with Cisco solutions that are available now, visit the Cisco page on the VSPEX EMC Community Network page.


In preparation for Cisco Live, we also did a webcast to discuss how EMC and Cisco can help you transition your EOL Windows Server 2003 environments – click here to view the webcast recording.


And finally, for everything EMC related at Cisco Live, visit the Everything Cisco community on the ECN.

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VSPEX continues to expand its offerings and release new validated solutions in line with exciting new offering from the EMC core technologies it features. Today, VSPEX is announcing new reference architectures for XtremIO, VMAX, and Isilon. With these solutions, VSPEX is helping customers to scale up higher and scale out further than they ever have before.


These solutions further expand what is already the industry's broadest set of reference architecture offerings. With VMAX, Isilon, and XtremIO, VSPEX will help customers transform their IT infrastructure and leverage EMC’s newest products to embrace the concepts offered by platform 2.5 and 3.0 applications.


VMAX3 is the first enterprise data services platform built to deliver and manage predictable service levels at scale for hybrid clouds. It is based on the Dynamic Virtual Matrix that delivers agility and efficiency at scale. Hundreds of CPU cores are pooled and allocated on-demand to meet the performance requirements for dynamic mixed workloads. The VMAX3 provides up to three times the performance of previous generation arrays with double the density.


VSPEX Private Cloud for VMware vSphere 5.5 provides a complete system architecture capable of supporting up to 2800 virtual machines with a redundant server and network topology and highly available storage. This solution is the first VSPEX designed specifically with enterprise customers in mind, providing up to six 9’s of availability and the option to scale up in increments of 300 or 700 virtual machines.


VSPEX With VMAX3 100K For Up To 2800 Virtual Machines: Proven Infrastructure Guide

Looking for VSPEX with VMAX sales/marketing collateral? Visit the Private Cloud EMC Community Network Page


VSPEX With Isilon

Isilon scale-out NAS provides a simple, scalable, and efficient platform to store massive amounts of unstructured data and enable various applications to create a scalable and accessible data repository without the overhead associated with traditional storage systems.


The new VSPEX solution with Isilon is the first VSPEX designed for scale-out NAS deployments. With VSPEX, users can scale to over 50 PB of data while supporting thousands of end users and providing capacity utilization that is up to 30% higher than traditional arrays.


VSPEX With Isilon Scale-Out NAS: Proven Infrastructure Guide

Looking for VSPEX with Isilon sales/marketing collateral? Visit the EMC Community Network Page


VSPEX With XtremIO

XtremIO all-flash arrays offer customers breakthrough performance free from bottlenecks and enables data transformational workloads such as real-time analytics, database lifecycle acceleration, SAP landscape consolidation private/hybrid cloud, and virtual desktops.


VSPEX provides complete Infrastructure solutions with XtremIO ranging from ½ X-Brick (5 TB) that scale up to 350 Reference Virtual Machines (RVM) , X-Brick (10TB) that scale to 2800 RVMs, and  X-Brick (20TB) that scale up to 8400 RVMs. In addition to these private cloud solutions,  new VSPEX solutions for SQL Server and Oracle 12c on XtremIO is also available.


VSPEX Private Cloud with XtremIO: Proven Infrastructure Guide

VSPEX for Virtualized Microsoft SQL Server with XtremIO: Design Guide | Implementation Guide

Looking for VSPEX with XtremIO sales/marketing collateral? Visit the Private Cloud EMC Community Network Page

There’s no better opportunity to learn about the present and future of the IT industry than at EMC World, May 4-8th in Las Vegas. With hands-on product demos, hundreds of technical sessions, top industry keynotes, and non-stop networking opportunities, it’s a great opportunity for both IT professionals and IT resellers to hone their skills.


EMC World is also the best place to learn about all of the latest VSPEX reference architectures and VSPEX BLUE hyper-converged appliance. From the VSPEX booth (#166), to Global Partner Summit, to foosball in the EMC World village, VSPEX will be hard to miss. Lets take a look at all of the places where you can get your most pressing questions answered and get hands on experience with VSPEX:


The Show Floor

At this year’s show, we’ll have our own VSPEX booth - #166. Here you’ll be able to talk to our VSPEX and VSPEX BLUE experts and see the internal workings of the units themselves. We’ll also be running some great contests and giving away big prizes. Our legal department won’t let us tell you what they are – but trust us – you’ll like them.


VSPEX BLUE will also be featured in the EMC World Data Center, and in the Total Customer Experience booth (#463), as well as many other partner booths.


Human Foosball In The Village

We’ve always loved foosball – in fact we have a table in our office in Hopkinton, but we’ve always felt the playing surface was a bit small. So we’ve taken the table and blown it up to life size proportions.  At EMC World, we’ll be hosting a three days human foosball tournament where participants will battle it out for the first ever EMC World Cup. The foosball court will be set up right outside the entrance to the show floor, so swing by, play some foosball, and talk to our distribution partners about all of their VSPEX offerings.



The Lounge At Global Partner Summit

Partners: this is the place to be for all things VSPEX, from the minute Global Partner Summit opens at 7am on Monday morning until it closes on Thursday afternoon. The lounge will feature a VSPEX bar where at least two VSPEX experts will be available at all times to answer your questions and discuss the latest solutions and incentives.


VSPEX Breakout Sessions

No matter what you’re hoping to accomplish by deploying a complete data center solution, we’ve got a session that can show you how it’s done, and how other users have done it.

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Learn More About VSPEX From Our Partners

VSPEX will be featured in over 15 different technology, ecosystem, and resale partner booths at EMC World. Visit the vendors below to learn more about how their technology can be deployed as part of a complete VSPEX solution.

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Want more details, visit the EMC World page on the VSPEX ECN site or tweet us at @EMCVSPEX.

“Adapt or die”. That seams to be the mantra of many businesses today – and with good reason. Reacting to change and being first to market are often deciding factors when it comes to success.


Businesses that are first to market capture mindshare and gain uncontested access to new customers. The constraints of a dated or rigid IT infrastructure impede agility, and can severely limit a business's ability to move from concept to product quickly. This can lead to the loss of what otherwise would be a clear market advantage.


Many IT departments today are searching for tools that will enable agility and provide the business the ability to be more reactive and elastic. They want a solution that will allow them to avoid the need for advanced capacity planning, and one that will avoid costly over-provisioning. They also want IT simplicity and solutions that will not require their staff waste time struggling to master overly-complex systems or spend months integrating new hardware into their existing IT deployments.

To address these and other IT challenges businesses are turning to Hyper-converged solutions. Hyper-convergence provides the agility, simplicity, and cost-effectiveness companies both small and large need to succeed.  Hyper converged infrastructure collapse core compute, storage, networking and management into a single appliance.


According to IDC, IT spend for Hyper-converged Infrastructure increased 150% in 2014, compared to just a 3-4% increase in traditional IT spend. Clearly, customers are telling us they want simplicity – and they're saying it with their wallets.


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Set up is rapid and easy. Hyper-converged appliances run a series of independent nodes within a connected cluster. Nodes are connecting internally, meaning a costly SAN network is not required. Scaling is also simple. When more compute or storage is needed, just add an appliance via an Ethernet cable to a simple top of rack switch and it is auto-discovered into the cluster. New appliances are automatically added to the resource pool, and any workloads are redistributed accordingly.


How does this make an IT department more agile? For one, it significantly reduces the need for advanced IT planning. With the ability to automatically add more storage and compute by plugging in an appliance, who needs planning? The same goes for over-provisioning. Hyper-converged infrastructure can eliminate the need to architect your environment for a worse case scenario – meaning you only pay for the resources you actually need.


In a recent report, IDC stated that they view Hyper-converged systems as “a revolutionary break from converged or integrated systems”.


EMC recently introduced VSPEX BLUE – a brand new Hyper-converged infrastructure that runs on VMware’s EVO:RAIL software and also bundles in value-add software from EMC like RecoverPoint for VMs and CloudArray.


To learn more about the Hyper-converged market and VSPEX BLUE, read the IDC report right here, and let us know what you think of this new approach in the comments.

When we talk about VSPEX, we talk about flexibility. What sets VSPEX apart from other converged infrastructure solutions is the ability it gives you to choose your preferred vendors at just about every layer of the IT stack.


When we introduced VSPEX nearly three years ago, a number of vendors recognized the value they could add to VSPEX, and began developing their own solutions based on our reference architectures.


Cisco was one of those vendors. With the ability to provide industry leading Ethernet and Fibre Channel networking technology, high-performing compute, and simplified management, Cisco can effectively complete just about any VSPEX reference architecture.


To formalize these Cisco VSPEX solutions, EMC and Cisco engineering teams have joined forces to create a number of Cisco Validated Designs that help you deploy a complete solution for specific use cases and workloads. . Over 1,000 hours of testing and validation go into every CVD, ensuring simple and predictable deployments and taking that burden off of you, the end user.


These Cisco + VSPEX CVDs are also supported under Cisco’s Data Center Solution Support Service for Critical Infrastructure, which gives users a single point of contact for support, and provides a Cisco “first call” support option that does not require you to do any self-diagnosis in multi-vendor environments.


This week at Cisco Live in Milan, we’re introducing a number of new VSPEX + Cisco solutions and Cisco Validated Designs, and we’re also teaming up to present a very special breakout session that features a customer who has taken advantage of our joint solutions to significantly increase the performance of their environment.


If you’re at Cisco Live:

Don’t miss out on the session on Jan 28th at 16:30 local time (visit this page for more details). We’ll kick things off with a VSPEX overview, and then dive into the new joint solutions we have with Cisco (which are detailed below). After that, we’ll hand off to Derek Eaton, an IT Manager at Trent and Dove housing and a VSPEX + Cisco customer to hear his story.


If you’re not at Cisco Live or want to check out the new solutions we’ll discuss:

See the new solution offerings below. EMC and Cisco are introducing five new solutions this week that run the gambit from ROBO deployments, to virtualization, to security. They include:


Cisco Secure Enclaves Data Center Solution For EMC VSPEX

This solution helps create a flexible, functional, and secure application environment that can be readily automated using EMC and Cisco technology. We recently hosted a Cisco Live webcast that focused on this solution – click here to view the recording.


Cisco UCS Mini Branch Office Solution for EMC VSPEX

This solution uses Cisco components such as UCS Mini compute chassis, UCS Central, and EMC's VNXe3200 storage array to provide Remote Office/Branch Office (ROBO) capabilities with centralized management and consistent, standards-based deployments.


Cisco Solution For EMC VSPEX With ScaleIO On Cisco UCS and VMware vSphere 5.5 This solution featuring EMC ScaleIO presents a hypervisor-agnostic software-defined approach to serving up compute and storage resources. The use of Cisco UCS servers with Cisco UCS Manager adds to operational efficiency through a single pane for firmware and console management.


Cisco Virtualization Solution For EMC VSPEX With VMware vSphere 5.5 For Up To 1000 Virtual Machines

This solution provides a comprehensive and validated infrastructure platform for virtual machine deployment. It features the latest in Cisco technology, and can be deployed using either Cisco’s MDS fibre channel switches, or Nexus 9000 Ethernet switches. This solution can act as the foundation for a VSPEX for VMware IT as a Service solution


Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Consolidation Using VSPEX Featuring VMware ESXi On EMC VNX5400

This CVD provides a framework for choosing among virtualization, multi-database, and multi-instance consolidation strategies for SQL Server Database Engine supporting OLTP applications by highlighting some of the key decision points based on technical analysis. This solution shows how to design the deployment strategy for virtualized SQL server instances while satisfying key business requirements like scalability, availability, and disaster recovery.


To learn more about VSPEX + Cisco solutions, visit the Cisco space on the VSPEX EMC Community Network page.

January has been another big month for VSPEX. While we’re always trying to offer business more choice and flexibility at every layer of the IT stack, today marks the third major product announcement we’ve made since the New Year. That means we’re on pace to introduce more VSPEX solutions this year than ever before!  We are proud to introduce a new family of VSPEX solutions powered by Lenovo’s world-class compute and infrastructure technology.


These four new solutions are the first to be born out of our ongoing relationship that includes joint go-market activities, engineering interlock, and incentives for resale partners. While you can expect to see many more VSPEX solutions that are powered by Lenovo technology, let’s take a look at the new offerings and what they can do for your business:


VPSEX Private Cloud with Lenovo

The VSPEX/Lenovo partnership began last year with the introduction of private cloud solutions built for SMB customers that featured Lenovo’s ThinkServer compute technology and EMC’s VNXe unified storage array. These solutions were designed to start small – with the entry-level solution helping you virtualize 25 physical servers. They scaled up to 100 VMs, and this solution we’re announcing today includes more powerful ThinkServer technology and can help you scale up to 125 VMs using VMware vSphere 5.5.


If you’re looking to virtualize more physical servers in a large environment, we have a new VSPEX with Lenovo solution to help there as well. This new solutions is based on Lenovo’s Flex System converged blade server, network, and virtualization platform, along with EMC’s VNX storage arrays. This new solution can support anywhere from 200 to 1,000 virtual machines, and makes upgrades easy thanks to Lenovo’s lifecycle management capabilities.


VSPEX End User Computing With Lenovo

For businesses looking to deploy a virtual desktop environment, we’ve teamed with Lenovo to offer two solutions that can be deployed in the most diverse data centers.


The first solution is for small to medium-sized VDI deployments and once again leverages Lenovo’s ThinkServer line, along with Lenovo’s RackSwitch networking, and VMware Horizon with View. These solutions allow you to deploy up to 500 virtual desktops and provide enterprise-like reliability in an SMB package.


If your business needs to create a larger VDI environment, a second solution for End User Computing with Lenovo’s Flex System converged blade servers is also available. This solution utilizes EMC’s XtremIO all-flash array and provides the ultimate in performance, response times, and data protection for both persistent and non-persistent desktops. These solutions can scale up to 3,500 VDI instances and are a perfect fit for power-users who need anytime access to all of their data from any device.


More information on these new VSPEX solutions powered by Lenovo and their respective reference architectures can be found at the Lenovo page on the VSPEX EMC Community Network site.

When we talk to IT professionals about VSPEX, virtualization and cloud have always been a big part of the conversation. That’s because many IT organizations see virtualization as a critical step in the path towards increasing IT efficiency and responsiveness, while also preparing to move workloads to the private or public cloud, or a combination of the two.


Thousands of businesses have used VSPEX to virtualize their IT infrastructure, and have realized substantial cost savings and performance benefits as a result. As these businesses have increased their IT efficiency and agility, they’ve given their end users the ability to do more – whether it be to close more deals, gather more information about customer preferences, or bring new products and services to market faster.


The SAP Business Suite is a prime candidate for deployment on a VSPEX private cloud proven infrastructure. The suite’s five main components for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Resource Management (CRM), Supplier Resource Management (SRM), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), and Supply Chain Management (SCM) are mission critical for companies that rely on them to manage their business, and bring new products and services to market. The SAP landscapes with separate environments for production, development, QA, and sometimes more, involve significant numbers of typically underutilized servers when deployed on physical infrastructure.

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The improved server utilization, efficient management, increased elasticity, and simplified data protection and disaster recovery that virtualization enables pay great dividends for SAP Business Suite deployments. To help customer quickly achieve their SAP virtualization goals, we’re happy to announce a new VSPEX solution for virtualizing SAP NetWeaver. The EMC VSPEX for Virtualized SAP Business Suite Applications Architecture provides a validated system, capable of hosting virtualized SAP systems at a consistent performance level. This solution is designed to be layered on a VSPEX Private Cloud solution using a VMware vSphere virtualization layer, and uses the highly available EMC VNX family at the storage layer.


The solution includes prescriptive guidance for deploying the SAP Business Suite with Oracle Database on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, and with Microsoft SQL Server on Microsoft Windows Server in VMware vSphere environments.


VSPEX also provides flexibility at the networking and server layer, and provides guidance through the VSPEX sizing tool to make it easy to identify the components you need to best fit your SAP environment.



This solution will help IT departments reduce CapEx by increasing existing system utilization and efficiencies by cutting down on the number of physical systems, reducing data center footprint, and possibly even reducing the number of required software licenses.


It will also help to reduce OpEx by allowing IT to more quickly and efficiently provision and decommission systems, automate backup, cloning, and data refreshes, and centralize management and monitoring.


For more information on this new solution, check out the VSPEX for SAP Design Guide, which describes how to design the resources necessary to deploy SAP Business Suite applications on any VSPEX Proven Infrastructure that uses an EMC VNX storage array. Also, visit the VSPEX SAP Solution Page for the Implementation Guide, a solution overview, and all of the support you need to get started on your virtualization journey.

Imagine yourself as the owner of a retail store at a large shopping center. Now Imagine a shopper walks into that shopping center looking for the perfect last minute gift. As soon as they arrive, they realized that their choices are nearly limitless.


Storefront after storefront beckons, each one promising an item better than the last. How can you help them find the perfect item? How can you assure the shopper that the item they picked in your store is the perfect gift and perfectly matches their gift giving requirements?


In many cases, you can’t – since you don’t have unlimited information on every item in the shopping mall and (unfortunately) you may not be seen as having an objective opinion.


But what if you could provide that customer with his or her own personal shopper? This personal shopper would have inherent knowledge of every product in your store and a thorough understating of the features that make those items unique and useful to shoppers.


By asking a few simple questions, the personal shopper could determine your customer’s requirements and present them with a recommended gift idea. If the customer didn’t like the first choice, the personal shopper could present them with another good option.


While offering customers this “perfect personal shopper” may not be possible in a typical retail setting, it can be feasible in other situations, especially when potential customers visit your website.


If your customer happens to be an IT buyer researching data center solutions online, they probably have a lot in common with the stressed out shopper described above. While they have plenty of solutions available to them and plenty of IT resellers that can provide those solutions, the sheer amount of information available can make it very difficult to choose the right technology.


When it comes to finding the perfect VSPEX solution, it doesn’t have to be this difficult for your customers.


That’s because you can now offer customers their very own personal shopper via the VSPEX self-assessment tool. Through a series of seven short questions, the tool discovers the customer’s needs and vendor preferences, and provides a recommendation on the perfect VSPEX solution for them. The tool then provides information on how VSPEX can be customized to fit their most specific needs.


The VSPEX self-assessment tool can be integrated into your website using EMC’s Digital Marketing Platform. That means your customers won’t even need to leave your site to take advantage of the tool, and you’ll be able to provide them with information on the different types of services and products you can offer to go along with their VSPEX solution.


To take the VSPEX web assessment out for a spin, visit the VSPEX page on If you are interested in taking advantage of EMC’s Digital Marketing Platform and building the VSPEX Assessment tool into your site, please email to get started, and note that there is no cost associated with using the Digital Marketing Platform on your website.

VSPEX has always been about choice. From day one businesses could choose to virtualize their physical servers using either VMware vSphere or Microsoft Hyper-V, and they could virtualize their desktops using either Citrix XenDesktop or VMware Horizon with View.


In August, we announced the addition of two new storage options to the VSPEX lineup: The XtremIO all-flash array, and ScaleIO software defined storage. XtremIO solutions were designed to provide users with an easy-to-deploy end user computing solution that could serve up to 2,500 persistent/full clone desktops. ScaleIO solutions were designed to help IT organizations start small and scale big without using an external storage array.


These solutions are great examples of choice.  Both are lab tested, and implementation is documented in both Hyper-V and VMware configurations. VSPEX makes it easy to gain the benefits of advanced data storage and protection, with features that are tested with your favorite virtualization layer.


These new solutions join an already extensive list of Microsoft reference architectures, including server virtualization solutions build on VNX and VNXe, as well as solutions that help you virtualize your critical Microsoft SQL Server, Exchange Server, SharePoint Server and applications and help break down organization barriers with the Microsoft Collaboration Suite.


The XtremIO solution for end user computing is now available with Microsoft Hyper-V at the server virtualization layer and Citrix XenDesktop 7 for desktop virtualization. Hyper-V allows you to take advantage of a unified set of integrated management tools for your physical, virtual, and cloud environments with a single console view.


As a cost effective virtualization solution, Hyper-V is ideal for not only large deployments like those provided by the VSPEX solution with XtremIO, but also smaller deployments. That’s why we’ve also introduced a solution for server virtualization using ScaleIO that is built on Microsoft Hyper-V.


This solution is ideal for many different sized organizations, including cost conscious customers looking to increase application performance, newly formed organizations or branch offices that want to start small but still retain the ability to scale quickly, and larger organizations who want to cut down on the burdens of advanced IT planning.


With ScaleIO, customers can take advantage of storage that is native to new and existing servers without using an external array. This means that when you need to add more space or more compute, you simple add another server and a ScaleIO license. The new server and it’s associated storage is automatically recognized by the ScaleIO software, and workloads are re-distributed accordingly.



To learn more about these new VSPEX solutions that utilize Microsoft Hyper-V, check out the Microsoft space on the VSPEX ECN page and the solution documentation below:


VSPEX Proven Infrastructure With Microsoft Hyper-V And ScaleIO Proven Infrastructure Guide


VSPEX For EUC With Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenDesktop And XtremIO Design Guide


VSPEX For EUC With Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenDesktop And XtremIO Implementation Guide

Create and deploy virtual desktops faster. Offer end users lightening-fast performance. Make critical applications accessible from anywhere at anytime. Store more data on less storage.


If you’ve paid attention to anything EMC has done over the past year or so, you’ve heard the hype surrounding our XtremIO all-flash array. It’s become the fastest selling product in EMC history, and it’s earned rave reviews from our customers.


But like any new product, it can be hard to separate the marketing spin from the real performance numbers. While every VSPEX Proven Infrastructure, including those with XtremIO, are thoroughly tested and validated by EMC, customers and partners often tell us they want to see the raw data – and they want to see them from an independent source.


If you happened to be one of those interested parties, you’ve come to the right place. That’s because EMC and Brocade have partnered with ESG to test and document the new VSPEX solution for End User Computing using XtremIO, Brocade Fibre Channel and Ethernet switches, and VMware Horizon with View 6.


This new VSPEX solution, which was announced at VMworld in August, is designed to enable VDI deployments of up to 2,500 persistent and 3,500 non-persistent desktops. ESG used the deployment and implementation guides created by the VSPEX engineering team to create the solution, and then tested not only the peak number of desktops that could be deployed, but also the performance of those desktops.


ESG found that the VSPEX solution using Brocade networking provides predictable capacity and performance, saying the solution could “easily support the 3,500 desktops specified in the reference architecture with plenty of headroom for additional desktops or other applications”.  The report also found that response and boot times for individual desktops was well below the industry average.


Maximum Number of Desktops Using VSImax with Average Application Response Time

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To get all the details on the testing methodologies and the actual raw numbers, check out the ESG report right here.


If you’re a resale partner and you’re impressed by what you’ve read in the report (and really, who wouldn’t be?), now is a great time to talk to your customers about the VSPEX EUC solution with XtremIO and Brocade. Brocade has put in place an impressive set of incentives around the solution. Check out the image below for an overview, or visit the VSPEX ENC community for full details.


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If case you missed the launch event, EMC today announced the Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution - a new offering that allows customers to simply and securely connect their internal private cloud to the public cloud offering of their choice. The solution also enables IT administrators to create a self-service catalog where end users can request and provision their own IT resources in just a few clicks.


A key benefit of the Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution is it's flexibility. You can seamlessly offer your end users resources from both the public and private clouds, while still maintaing control over the policies that govern those services. You can also decide when and how you use public cloud resources, and which vendor provides those resources.


The Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution combines technology from VMware and EMC, and it has been meticulously tested and documented by engineering teams from both companies. With the documentation created through this design process and the expertise of EMC Global Services or a trusted IT reseller, the solution can be deployed quickly and efficiently.


If the key attributes of the Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution sound familiar, you probably know VSPEX well. VSPEX is a simple, efficient, and flexible approach to deploying IT infrastructure, and can serve as the foundation on which your Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution is built. VSPEX and the Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution can be deployed concurrently, or If you already have an existing VSPEX Private Cloud solution, you can deploy the Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution on top of it.


If you want to learn more about how you can deploy the Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution on VSPEX, check out the whiteboard video below that explains the benefits of the solution and details the different deployment options available to you. After that, check out the comprehensive solution documentation available on the new solution on the VSPEX EMC Community Network page.


The archived Enterprise Hybrid Cloud launch webcast is also available.