Truth be told, EMC has had a different attitude about IP storage networks than FC SANs. Although we have tested FC SAN technologies for 15+ years, like the rest of the industry, we assumed IP ‘just works’. For the most part that statement is true. Now we have a new perspective. Growth in IP storage technologies is putting old ideas to the test. Traditional shared networks weren’t designed for today’s IP storage workloads.
To help our customers design and deploy high-performance, highly-available and scalable Enterprise Hybrid Clouds, EMC is introducing the new Connectrix VDX-6740B IP Storage Switch. With this introduction, EMC now offers an additional option for customers to enhance their IP storage experience for systems, including EMC’s Data Domain, Isilon, VMAX, VNX and XtremIO.
EMC is paving the way to the 3rd Platform of computing by focusing on the growing momentum in the OpenStack market. Recently IDC projected that by 2020, 3rd platform applications will be driving nearly 100% of IT growth, with many new workloads running on and leveraging Open Source technologies. As a result, we are seeing tremendous growth in OpenStack occurring in the Private and Hybrid Cloud spaces. There are several reasons for this including tangible customer benefits like flexibility, modularity, and reduced costs – all backed by a broad community.
EMC is committed to helping customers with their OpenStack deployments and is increasing investments in OpenStack through two exciting new offerings – an OpenStack Reference Architecture Program and an EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud OpenStack® Edition.
VSPEX has always been about flexibility. We’ve heard from customers that they want an easy to deploy data center solution, but they also want to be able to choose their favorite networking vendor, server vendor, management tools, and even how they’ll rack, cable, and power the solution.
That’s why we’ve designed VSPEX to be as flexible as possible – designing a set of requirements for each solution and allowing customers and their resale partners to take it from there. It is clear that customers are happy with this approach, as Gartner recently noted that VSPEX became the #1 integrated reference architecture system in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Customers are increasingly looking to transform their IT environments and take advantage of the benefits of both private and public cloud architectures. This hybrid approach to IT looks to leverage the security, control and performance of on-premises solutions while enabling the flexibility and cost advantages of large scale clouds. With concerns around compliance, security and data protection, enabling a hybrid IT cloud approach using Equinix International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers and Equinix Cloud Exchange Advanced Interconnection to meet these requirements within budget is practical and affordable. Applications can run in Microsoft Azure while the data stays on the EMC storage that companies have long trusted.
EMC, Microsoft and Equinix are pleased to be collaborating on next generation hybrid cloud solutions that offer more reliability, faster speeds and higher security than conventional internet-based public cloud connectivity. These solutions combine EMC storage running in traditional datacenters and Equinix co-located datacenters with applications running in Microsoft Azure. Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute provides a private connection between traditional or co-located datacenters into Microsoft Azure to give customers the business benefits of both on-premises and public cloud architectures for their high performance applications.
In today’s global economy, we live in a world with no borders, where ideas can originate and where the next great opportunity will present itself. Over 70% of our customers have told us that IT will need to build and operate a well-run hybrid cloud in order to meet these new challenges. Bringing together the performance, security, compliance and control of private cloud with the flexibility of public cloud has been difficult in the past, with IT trying to navigate a lack of interoperability or visibility across clouds.
All of that changes today with our announcement of the EMC Hybrid Cloud solution which is built on the foundation that EMC and VMware established over the years to efficiently virtualize all aspects of the data center. These deployments have allowed customers to build high-performance, secure, scalable private clouds ensuring the SLAs and compliance needed for Tier-1 applications. These private clouds also delivered cost-reductions and agility for IT organizations as they managed to satisfy ever-growth demands from the business. Today the business is now demanding more from IT, asking for choice in the devices, wanting greater access to infrastructure and applications, and driving new demands about application flexibility (where to deploy; how long; how many resources). Delivering on these requirements encompasses what we call a “well-run Hybrid Cloud.”
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