July 12, 2011 12:05 ET

VCE Announces VMware vSphere® 5 Support

Extends Virtualization and Cloud Capabilities With Industry-Leading Platform

RICHARDSON, TX--(Marketwire - Jul 12, 2011) - VCE, the Virtual Computing Environment Company, today announced an extension of its virtualization and cloud capabilities with planned support of the upcoming VMware vSphere® 5 and its cloud infrastructure suite. VCE Vblock™ Infrastructure Platforms are standardized converged infrastructure products manufactured using industry leading technology from Cisco, EMC and VMware.

With VMware vSphere® 5, Vblock platform customers will enjoy many new advantages, including:

  • Simplified Management -- rapid resource provisioning, advanced automation capabilities, streamlined patching and change control, and management from anywhere
  • Improved Availability -- end-to-end disaster recovery capabilities with fail back functionality
  • Enhanced Security -- Policy based security for virtual environments spanning all components of converged infrastructure

"VMware has extended its technology leadership with VMware vSphere® 5, including faster and simplified configuration and provisioning, and advanced security features. Our customers are excited to take advantage of the many enhancements that will enable them to move their most mission critical applications to fully virtualized infrastructure. VCE is proud of our close relationship with VMware and we look forward to continuing our mission to accelerate our customers' journey to the cloud," said Frank Hauck, President, VCE.

"VMware vSphere® 5 running on Vblock Platforms can further demonstrate best-of-breed capabilities that will enable customers to run any and all enterprise applications on a converged infrastructure," said Gary Green, Vice President, Global Strategic Alliances, VMware. "We look forward to continued collaboration with VCE."

"VCE simplifies and accelerates deployment of cloud computing by integrating state-of-the art technology components into Vblock platforms," said Bryan Martin, Chairman and CEO of 8x8, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGHT). "With VMware vSphere® 5, we will be able to take advantage of new state of the art security and management technologies for cloud infrastructures."

"Vblock platforms allow companies to simply and confidently reap the benefits of the latest and greatest technologies that are integrated, manufactured and supported as a converged infrastructure," said Bill Vance, Director of IS at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP. "With the support for VMware vSphere® 5 on Vblock platforms, VCE demonstrates how easy it will be to leverage the industry and technology leadership of VMware, making it easy for us to move to the latest technologies."

"Vblock platforms with VMware vSphere® 5 will represent a highly advanced converged infrastructure solution. CA Service Catalog provides valuable new capabilities in a vSphere® 5 environment, such as automated self-service by tenancy and role," said Brian Bell, General Manager, Service and Portfolio Management, CA Technologies. "Together, we can provide our mutual customers with a managed solution that can help them extract increased value from a cloud computing environment."

VCE Vblock Platform support for VMware vSphere® 5 is expected to follow the product's GA later this quarter.

About VCE
VCE, the Virtual Computing Environment Company formed by Cisco and EMC with investments from VMware and Intel, accelerates the adoption of converged infrastructure and cloud-based computing models that dramatically reduce the cost of IT while improving time to market for our customers. VCE, through the Vblock platform, delivers the industry's first completely integrated IT offering with end-to-end vendor accountability. VCE's prepackaged solutions are available through an extensive partner network, and cover horizontal applications, vertical industry offerings, and application development environments, allowing customers to focus on business innovation instead of integrating, validating and managing IT infrastructure. For more information, go to

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