May 10, 2011 11:00 ET

VCE Expands Customer Choice and Flexibility in the Data Center

VCE Announces New Platform, Management Capabilities and Solutions

RICHARDSON, TX--(Marketwire - May 10, 2011) - VCE, the Virtual Computing Environment Company, today announced that it is expanding customer choice and flexibility in the data center with the Vblock™ Infrastructure Platform Series 300. With the newest Vblock platform, VCE provides more scalability, performance and automation of data center operations, enabling accelerated adoption of virtualization technologies for a quicker return on investment. The new version of EMC Ionix® Unified Infrastructure Manager (UIM) software, purpose-built for Vblock platforms, simplifies and speeds management of converged infrastructure and cloud computing environments. These new platform offerings are ideal for a wide spectrum of enterprise applications.

"VCE is committed to helping customers move to agile and flexible converged infrastructure and cloud-based computing models that help them better support their business operations," said Phil Harris, Vice President, Platform Engineering and Strategy, VCE. "With the Vblock Series 300, the Vblock platform provides customers with easy access to the latest best-in-class technologies with end-to-end vendor accountability."

The Vblock Series 300 is an industry leading platform that incorporates the best of breed EMC VNX™ unified storage systems. The Vblock Series 300 continues to deliver a completely integrated, tested and supported platform for enterprise cloud computing. By delivering high performance and capacity at an affordable price point, enterprises reduce capital and operational expenditures and increase employee productivity, and achieve faster time to service. This portfolio extension enables customers to:

  • Unify and support block and file storage, to match their current and scale to their future requirements.
  • Accelerate business applications by up to three times the users, transactions and faster response times.
  • Simplify Vblock deployments with virtualized storage pools, entry-level starter kits and software bundles.

"Technology changes quickly. With VCE's Vblock platforms, companies can quickly take advantage of the latest and greatest platforms without having to spend time and resources performing interoperability planning, qualification and testing," said Robert Murphy, Division President, Presidio Networked Solutions. "Additionally, ongoing change control and release management is simplified since VCE does software planning and testing and integrates it into a single package."

With the Vblock platform integration of EMC Ionix Unified Infrastructure Manager, VCE is further advancing the shift towards a more highly automated, secure and policy-driven infrastructure and operations (I&O) model for next-generation Data Centers built on Vblock infrastructure platforms. Ionix UIM/Provisioning 2.1 software enables "single click" resource provisioning that is 80% more efficient and 5 times faster than traditional management methods.

"As a leading benefit-management company, 45 million patients rely on us to collaborate with their healthcare professionals. UIM will be a key part of our cloud infrastructure and we feel it can significantly simplify management, allowing our staff to focus more of their time on more strategic initiatives. This simplified management is a key benefit of Vblock platforms and gives us the maximum flexibility, performance, availability and scalability to meet the demands of our business and more efficiently deliver healthcare services," said William Moore, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, CareCore.

In addition, VCE announces the addition of Vblock™ Solution for Microsoft Exchange 2010 to its solution portfolio. The Vblock Solution for Microsoft Exchange 2010 is an integrated email solution that enables users to scale their virtualized Exchange 2010 environments, lower messaging costs, increase productivity, simplify administration, and decrease IT overhead; while at the same time supporting larger user mailboxes and improving overall email performance and productivity.

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