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What do Citrix XenDesktop and VMware Horizon have in common?

Bob Wambach

Vice President, Marketing, Converged Platforms Division at Dell EMC
Bob Wambach is Vice President, Marketing of the Converged Platforms Division of Dell EMC. Wambach is responsible for marketing CPSDs portfolio of converged infrastructure, converged solutions and services offerings. Wambach joined VCE in 2010, having previously led marketing for Dell EMC’s Enterprise Storage Division. Prior to Dell EMC, Wambach spent over 20 years in multiple technical, management and executive roles in high technology companies.

At Citrix Summit this week, Dell announced expansion of its hyper-converged infrastructure portfolio for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with Dell EMC VxRail Appliance 4.0 Solution for Citrix XenDesktop. VxRail Appliances, including models based on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, have rapidly forged a leadership position in the exploding hyper-converged marketplace. VxRail configure-to-order hardware can address virtually any data center use case including those demanding GPU hardware (perfect for graphics intensive virtual desktops), dense storage and/or high performance computing options.

With this announcement, customers can now select either Citrix XenDesktop or VMware Horizon solutions on VxRail. The VxRail with VMware Horizon solution was made available in October, and is enjoying considerable success. Subsequently, Enterprise Strategy Group released a whitepaper discussing how Hyper-converged Infrastructure Shrinks Complexity and Cost for VDI.


Dell EMC and VMware – Better Together for Virtual SAN

As customers move rapidly to realize the benefits of a true software-defined data center, huge numbers of businesses look to VMware-based solutions, and products that offer tight integration and support with VMware. For storage, many VMware users leverage VMware Virtual SAN, a storage feature integrated in vSphere that pools disk space from multiple vSphere hosts and provides administration of a cluster and implementation of storage policies natively via vSphere.

VMware today announced a new VMware Ready for vSAN program to provide customers with the confidence that file services and data protection partner solutions will seamlessly deploy, run and interoperate with Virtual SAN. The goal of the program is to accelerate customer time-to-value by helping them to quickly find a qualified solution partner. Within the program there are two specific focus areas: File Services partners with Virtual SAN, and Data Protection partner solutions for Virtual SAN.


EMC Announces Provider Cloud System, A Reference Architecture to Simplify Network Functions Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVI)

Anton Prenneis

Telecom Transformation Technology Architect at EMC

Last year at Mobile World Congress, EMC announced its intent to supply NFV solutions to the communications service provider market. In 2016, EMC returns to Barcelona to share progress toward meeting that goal.

Over the course of 2015, EMC learned that communications service providers are choosing between one of two approaches to Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) adoption. The first is to dedicate in-house development teams to multiyear transformation projects, working with open source and homegrown components to develop bespoke NFV infrastructure (NFVI) architectures. The second approach is more incremental, deploying a select set of virtualized network functions (VNFs) on a pre-integrated, turnkey NFVI platform that delivers quick time-to-value and ease of operation.


The Pit and the Podium: EMC Puts Converged Infrastructure into High Gear for Lotus F1 Team

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A winning Formula 1 car is built with 80,000 parts and components that must perform together at speeds of over 200 mph. To support the success of such a technologically advanced racing car, a wealth of compute, storage and network technologies are required to analyze data, aid design, support manufacturing, monitor on-track performance, and more. Smaller, lighter and faster are the driving forces behind IT as much as they are in Formula 1 racing.

To accomplish all that, it takes an IT infrastructure that’s as streamlined, sleek and powerful as the car itself. Today, with a converged infrastructure from EMC, Lotus F1 Team has achieved that goal.


EMC Helps Bring the Benefits of VMware vSphere APIs for IO Filtering to Customers and Partners

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Written by:

Jonathan Siegal, Vice President, Primary Storage Marketing, EMC Core Technologies

Peter Smails, Vice President, Data Protection Marketing, EMC Core Technologies

Today, VMware announced the availability of third-party virtual data services through integration with VMware VMware vSphere APIs for IO filtering, and EMC is already demonstrating how it can deliver benefits to customers and partners as a result.   VMware vSphere APIs for IO Filtering offers partners the ability to put their technology directly into the IO stream of a VM through a filter that intercepts data before it is committed to disk. This can enable partners and customers to leverage performance and data services of underlying storage for individual VMs based on policies.

There are initially two key areas where EMC is helping to accelerate the value of VMware vSphere APIs for IO Filtering in the marketplace:

  • Delivering fully integrated virtual replication data services through EMC RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines, as the first VMware vSphere APIs for IO Filtering design partner for replication
  • Enabling other VMware partners to test their VMware vSphere APIs for IO Filtering integration in a virtual environment using vVNX Community Edition


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