Historically businesses, big and small, were forced to develop their own data centers piece by piece. These data centers were essentially a puzzle of hardware devices from different manufacturers. By incorporating hardware from a variety of manufacturers, companies assumed a great deal of risk. When one piece of the puzzle faltered, the company was presented with the challenge of re-coordinating support for all elements of the solution. This mixed manufacture solution resulted in companies entering a battle of financial frustrations, disjointed support and immense coordination efforts.
Three industry leaders- EMC, VMWare, and Cisco- sought to put an end to the complicated dynamic of data center infrastructures. From the union of the storage, virtualization, network, and server capabilities of EMC, VMWare, and Cisco respectively, emerged VCE. In addition to the industry leading technology, VCE contracted the top engineers from each of the mentioned companies to develop the V-Block, “the industry’s only fully integrated and fully virtualized cloud infrastructure system.”
Thanks to VCE, data centers of the past can remain in the past, as VCE’s converged architecture sets the standard for a new breed of data centers worldwide. VCE’s groundbreaking approach rises above the traditional ‘a la carte’ solutions of the past in three key areas: time of delivery, customer specific customization, and risk avoidance.
- Time of delivery: As a result of V-Block’s converged architecture, the entire infrastructure can be delivered fully configured to the consumer within 45 days (compared to the standard 90-120 day period). Throughout the construction process, VCE engineers work with the customer to best understand the current network and existing data center configuration. By pre-determining things such as the network IP addresses, physical and virtual server load, and storage IOP needs, engineers can customize the customer’s V-Block into the existing framework to provide a “complete system context of configuration and health” and streamline the installation process. Upon delivery, the customer can simply plug in the network cables, turn V-Block on, and migrate applications and existing guests to the new solution and V-Block will be running within a few days.
- Customization: V-Block provides further value to customers by allowing extensive customization to deliver “optimum application performance.” VCE will construct a logically built V-Block for a company’s specific data center. There are 4 versions of V-Block (100, 200, 300, and 700) to best meet the specific processing needs of all businesses. The V-Block 100 and 200 systems are designed to optimally serve the needs of small businesses, or those with 50 to 500 employees. The V-Block 300 generally serves the needs of medium sized companies. However, when determining which V-Block system will best suit the needs of your company, processing power is the integral factor.
- Risk avoidance: Unlike the ‘a la carte’ solutions of the past which required the customer to keep track of firmware patch levels, supported patch level matrixes, and late night ‘patch and pray’ sessions, VCE V-Block solutions not only arrive at the customer’s data center ready to run, they also come with a unified firmware and patch support service which provides the customer with a supported and packaged set of firmware and patches which have been fully regression tested by VCE. All V-Block firmware is stringently tested- lowering the cost of ownership and allowing IT personnel to apply their efforts to the improvement of the company. VCE’s Life Cycle System Assurance releases an upgraded package quarterly, eliminating the risks and worries associated with managing patches and updates from multiple vendors.
The V-Block from VCE can add tremendous value to your business. The delivery time, customization, and risk avoidance features truly make V-Block stand out amidst other infrastructure systems.
For more information on VCE and V-Block, please visit http://www.www.datavox.net
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