What is VSPEX

EMC introduces new VSPEX Proven Infrastructure

With the VSPEX reference architecture, EMC offers a combination of its own storage and backup technologies with virtualization, server and network solutions from its partners Brocade, Cisco, Citrix, Intel, Microsoft and VMware. VSPEX has so far been based on 14 output configurations that customers often use as the basis for cloud computing.

In the second generation of VSPEX, which has now been presented, EMC is expanding its range to 18 configurations. This includes, for example, a solution for companies that rely on Microsoft's hypervisor. This VSPEX "end-user computing solution" supports Hyper-V and Citrix XenDesktop 7. As a decisive innovation, the new VSPEX generation with 1000 VMs supports twice the number of virtual machines for the same price as stated by EMC. The new complete solutions also rely on EMC's new VNX storage systems.

A new configuration of VSPEX for the private cloud is expected to be available at the end of September at the same time as the introduction of VMware vSphere 5.5. As EMC states, VSPEX for virtualized Microsoft SQL Server 2012 and VSPEX for virtualized Oracle 11g databases have also been adapted to current standards. Additional VSPEX updates for virtualized SharePoint 2013 environments and Exchange 2013 servers are expected to be available in the second half of 2013. EMC says all VSPEX solutions are flexible and scalable enough to handle both small databases and large enterprise workloads.

"With VSPEX, we are bringing a simple, efficient and flexible reference architecture solution to market that is already being used quickly by 3000 customers," said EMC's Jeremy Burton, Executive Vice President of Product Operations and Marketing, commenting on the new solutions. "The solutions presented today primarily offer our customers the opportunity to implement the latest best-of-breed cloud technology quickly and easily in order to accelerate the transformation process into the cloud."

EMC's VSPEX Proven Infrastructure with the new configuration options will be available in the second half of 2013. (cvi)