Firstly, apologies for the short break in posts – I’ve got a great excuse though as I’ve been on paternity leave for the last couple of weeks following the arrival of a new member of the Massingham family – Baby Isabella! Everyone is doing great and things are starting to get back to normal now, so I have some time to reflect on the big EMC product announcement that happened whilst I was off enjoying a few sleepless nights
So, enter EMC VSPEX – the first thing I should say is that the mention of a big EMC product announcement in my intro was slightly misleading because this isn’t a product in the traditional sense, but rather a set of reference architectures that are intended to simplify adoption of a robust virtualised infrastructure within small and medium sized enterprises.
A very quick summary of the options is that there are 14 initial configurations available within VSPEX supporting from 50 to 2,000 virtual desktops with either VMware View or Citrix XenDesktop, up to 100 virtual machines with Microsoft Hyper-V or up 250 virtual machines with VMware vSphere.
This should provide an immediate and very simple answer to the question of where VSPEX sits within the portfolio of an IT Service or Cloud Service Provider – it’s for small private cloud or dedicated infrastructure deployments for customers who feel that their infrastructure needs to be psychically separated from that of other customers – and yes, there are still quite a lot of people out there who believe that! It’s also a good fit for small branch offices or other systems environments that need to placed locally to assets or personnel within large enterprises. Examples, might be control systems for small manufacturing plants or resource extraction in the oil and gas industry.
The key benefit of VSPEX for channel partners, and fundamental difference between VSPEX and the VCE Vblock, which some people, quite wrongly, believe competes with VSPEX, is that VSPEX is a flexible architecture, which allows, and is designed specifically, for enhancements by integration partners to optimise it for specific use-cases, regional or vertical market opportunities.
Sitting above the relatively modest sizing limitations of VSPEX there is the VCE Vblock portfolio, which caters from 300 to around 7,000 virtual machines per block and also supports up to 50% of the UCS blades within the block provisioned non-virtualised, or as bare-metal as VCE like to call it. And above this for large service providers, with 7,000+ virtual machines, there are a variety of architectural options available, which are typical use cases for the EMC Atmos, VMAX and Isilon product families.