The Virtual Computer Environment coalition (VCE) today announced that Vblock Powered Solutions for VMware View and Vblock Powered Solutions for SAP are now available. VCE was formed in partnership of Cisco and EMC, with investments from VMWare and Intel. It is certified to work on the Vblock platform and has over a hundred partners in 29 countries.
Vblock also supports end-to-end Fibre Channel Over Ethernet(FCoE) with a focus on simplicity, flexibility and efficiency in deployment. This gets rid of laborious and inflated costs on planning, architecting and testing, which existing data centers today considers as a major challenge.
“The availability of the SAP and VDI validated solutions on Vblock enables customers to reduce time to deliver, maximize resource efficiency and achieve business value in far less time than alternative methods,” said Todd Pavone, Senior Vice President for Solutions, VCE. “The addition of FCoE to these solutions gives customers the flexibility to choose the right technology for a wide variety of workloads.”
The Vblock Powered Solution for VMware View 4.5 accelerates virtual desktop deployment while meeting security and in compliance with requirements. The VBlock Powered Solution for SAP allows customers to transition easily their SAP applications to a virtual environment running on Vblock. The same end; efficient, effective and well-protected virtual environment. According to a market research conducted by VMS about VBlock on SAP, about 19%-26% in both hardware and software investment are saved, and increases efficiency in deployment. They are also low-cost.
“VCE has beaten the industry to the punch with the first turnkey solution of end-to-end Ethernet with FCoE,” Stuart Miniman, Senior Analyst, Wikibon. “These enhancements to the Vblock platform, including the general availability of certified solutions for VDI and SAP, add significantly to the promise of converged infrastructure in regards to making IT more flexible for the end-user and cost-effective for the business.”
A turn-key solution is what you get when powerhouses team up on a cloud offering. It’s been a unique point for the cloud industry as a whole, with partnerships and frenemies teetering a thin line as all parties involved strive for some level of domination. The 3PAR bidding war really exemplified one direction in which cloud battles can go, and the VCE coalition has been another interesting entity to watch, especially as it pours a good amount of resources into supporting each other’s products in an enterprise setting. See here for some info on VCE reports and insight to their real-world functionality.