Today’s IT deployment model is different. It’s less about racking and stacking, and more about virtualized deployments and the agile movement of virtualized containers within and between physical equipment, like a virtualization-optimized hybrid flash VNX storage array. We see a bright future in the virtualization of not only servers but also storage, which provides businesses with the agility to rapidly deploy test and development environments.
That’s why today we are bringing Project Liberty to market and offering a free downloadable version of our trusted VNX array, vVNX Community Edition. vVNX is a software-only instantiation of EMC’s VNX storage that can be easily deployed on a VMware ESX server, providing a consistent management interface, support for NAS and SAN storage protocols and data services familiar to VNX users such as snapshots and remote replication.
We’ve said it a number of times and it bears repeating – EMC is excited about cloud computing – it’s all about enabling flexible deployment options and providing our customers with Choice. With our commitment as a foundation, I’m thrilled to share what we’re doing with Microsoft around private cloud and application environments.
Cloud OS Accelerate Program
EMC is excited to be participating in the Microsoft Cloud OS Accelerate Program. Our participation builds upon our VSPEX investments by providing incentives for customers and partners to accelerate the deployment of Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V virtualization on an EMC Infrastructure. With these incentives, EMC, Microsoft and our partners can help our joint customers take advantage of the latest in virtualization, management and infrastructure innovation to improve performance, increase efficiency, and simplify management within a private cloud.
For companies doing business online, client experience is critical. In fact, industry studies have shown that if the online experience is not optimal in performance and usability, the outcome is dissatisfied clients.
As a Principal Architect for RegEd, a provider of professional licensing and compliance management solutions, I understand this all too well. As a company, we hold a substantial market share among the top 1,000 financial services firms, and we didn’t get there without delivering an outstanding client experience. This is where EMC enters the picture.
The housing market at times can be ruthless; the economic downturn in early 2013 was exhibit number one. Those companies serving this market that made some tough, but smart decisions emerged the victors. Others, not so much. Enter Van Meter Inc. (VMI), a supplier of electrical and mechanical products, services and solutions. VMI took control of their own destiny, made strategic alliances and acquisitions and, if that wasn’t enough, undertook a complete transformation of their IT infrastructure.
Jason Sinclair, a systems engineer at VMI, recently spoke to us about the impact on VMI’s IT infrastructure once the company decided to turbo-charge sales growth, acquire new companies and expand into new markets. The VMI IT team faced serious challenges associated with data growth in their IBM storage environment. “Our IBM storage was running short on performance and capacity. Even more challenging was that our private cloud and virtualization strategy was held back—we couldn’t get beyond 20% virtualization.”
In March 2013 Jeremy Burton wrote about Gartner’s release of an all-new “General Purpose Disk Array” Magic Quadrant. It took a new, consolidated view of vendors’ storage lines— evaluating mid-range storage, scale-out NAS, and enterprise storage offerings holistically. For EMC, that means the VNX, Isilon, and VMAX solutions. EMC was positioned in the leaders quadrant.
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