VCE, a pioneer of converged infrastructure systems, recently announced a major expansion to its portfolio, focused on speeding and simplifying hybrid cloud deployments.
Key to the announcement is a new family of converged infrastructure solutions, called VxBlock Systems, which include application and cloud functionality along with traditional hardware elements. The first VxBlock System will offer Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI™) for software-defined networking (SDN), the Intel® Xeon® processor-based Cisco Unified Computing System® (Cisco UCS™), EMC storage, and VMware virtualization.
Cisco ACI is built on a network fabric that delivers a highly flexible, scalable, and resilient architecture of low-latency, high-bandwidth links. The Cisco ACI fabric is designed to support the industry move to management automation, programmatic policy, and dynamic “workload-anywhere” models.
Workload and policy portability
“With the emergence of virtualized data centers and hybrid cloud environments, workloads must become portable and security, governance, and compliance policies must be able to move with them in an automated fashion,” says Marcus Phipps, senior marketing manager for data center solutions at Cisco. “ACI was designed for this new reality, and it works hand-in-hand with integrated infrastructure solutions like VxBlock.”
“Applications are driving new demands for our customers’ data centers, whether they are physical, virtual, bare metal, or in the cloud,” adds Ish Limkakeng, vice president of marketing for the Cisco Insieme Business Unit. “To move at the speed of business, our customers must deliver applications at scale and in a highly secure manner wherever and whenever they are needed. We believe Vblock and VxBlock systems with ACI will create a new gold standard for application-centric converged infrastructure, delivering more value to our customers and accelerating data center and cloud build-outs.”
VCE VxBlock Systems will receive the same “VCE Experience” of factory-based pre-integration, pre-testing, and pre-validation, with seamless component-level updates, ongoing lifecycle assurance, and single-call support.