The Go-To Reference Design Map For The Cloud?

7/18/2012 11:41:17 AM

Every channel partner’s dream come true

VSPEX configurations number up to fourteen and represent the most-used scenarios for customers transitioning to the cloud. For example, customers looking for private cloud deployments have option of running VMware vSphere 5.0 or Microsoft Windows Hyper-V from 50 to 250 virtual machines. End-user computing scenarios on the other hand, have choice of VMware View and Citrix XenDesktop. Based on partner demand, more VSPEX configurations can also be made available. EMC alliance partners are able to test, validate and demonstrate new VSPEX solutions at labs readied by EMC themselves.

Description: The EMC VSPEX rack that currently has 14 configurations and is able to have more based on partner demand

The EMC VSPEX rack that currently has 14 configurations and is able to have more based on partner demand

EMCs VSPEX reference architecture aims to provide predictable performance, as well as reduce planning and deployment time of a private cloud or end-user computing environment. Tight alignment with VMware's and Microsoft's hypervisors simplifies management, as both provide a single point of management using System Center for a Microsoft cloud and VMware vcenter Operations Management Suite for private clouds.

VSPEX is built upon EMCs VNX and VNXe unified storage systems, as well as Avamar and Data Domain back-up products. For channel partners, VSPEX now means that they can sell complete, highly-flexible solutions to their customers.

They also have option to mix and match server and network components based on customers' specific infrastructure and application requirements. Training, technical and sales collateral from EMC will also help these partners quickly bring VSPEX to market. Brocade, one of EMC's alliance partners with networking Components within the VSPEX reference design, has also responded to this new announcement, and country manager for Brocade in Malaysia, Sean Ong says, "With its deep technology expertise and strong consultative nature, the channel is the logical point of integration for data center architecture design and private cloud deployments."

Jay Miley, VP and MD in Australia and New Zealand for channel partner, Ingram Micro, says, "EMC VSPEX is a very important initiative. It enables customers to choose vendor technologies that best meet their virtualisation and cloud needs while delivering surety their chosen solutions will work well together.

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Cloupia Channel Partner Program

"Our role is to ensure our Reseller Partners ir customers have the freedom to choose from a wide variety of Vendor technologies and can deploy robust, multi-vendor solutions that deliver to their objectives. We have invested, and continue to invest, in highly qualified people (such as our solutions architect team) and resources (such as our Partner Technology Centre) to help our Reseller Partners to do this. It's pleasing to see that this initiative is so widely supported. A solid reference architecture, such as EMC VSPEX offers, can only strengthen the ecosystem of vendor partners we represent through our Enterprise Technology Group."

Brocade's Ong adds, "EMC's move toward offering modular, pre-validated virtualisation solutions fully aligns with Brocade's strategy and philosophy to enable its partners to create open, multi-vendor solutions that help customers make a smooth transition toward the cloud."

To leverage the channel's valuable expertise and technical know-how, VSPEX solutions will be integrated and available via authorised Brocade Alliance Partner Network (APN) and EMC's network of Velocity partners.

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