EMC Enters Hyperconverged Infrastructure Market with VSPEX Blue

EMC VSPEX BlueToday EMC announced their entrance into the hyperconverged infrastructure space with a new product named VSPEX Blue. The product is based on the EVO:Rail configurations supported by VMware. The EVO:Rail specifications were announced at VMworld 2014. At that time, only a few hardware vendors had EVO:Rail offerings. More have come since then, with EMC being the latest.

I’ll walk through VSPEX Blue below. Continue reading

EMC Announces Addition to the Data Domain Family, the DD2200

Data Domain Model DD2200Today, in one of the product announcements made on the opening day of EMC World, EMC announced an addition to their Data Domain line of purpose-built backup appliances, the model DD2200.

DD2200’s Place in the Data Domain Line

Unlike the VNXe3200 announced last week as a replacement model, the DD2200 is a brand-new addition to the Data Domain Line. It fits right in the middle of what EMC considers their Small enterprise models, being a step up from the DD160, but not quite as big as the DD2500. Continue reading

Front Row at the EMC Speed 2 Lead Event

If you follow the storage industry at all, you know that today EMC is holding their “Speed 2 Lead” event. To some, this event is also known as “Mega-Launch III”. During the event, EMC is making several storage product announcements at once. (“Several” is what separates a “Mega-Launch” from a simple product launch.)

If you follow me at all, you know that I have the privilege of being one of the members of the EMC Elect 2013 community.

Today, those two things have come together very beautifully for me. I was one of four members of the EMC Elect 2013 community invited to join EMC at the Speed 2 Lead event live in Milan, Italy and receive the same level of access at the event that industry press and analysts receive. While I’ve received advance briefings on product announcements from vendors in the past, this is the first time I’ve been flown to a launch event like this.

So far, it’s been a whirlwind of activity leading up to the event. The buy-in to the EMC Elect program at EMC’s executive level has been nothing short of impressive. I believe this to be a dual testament, first to the hard work put in by the EMC team that created and curates (shepherds? feeds? I’m really not sure what the right word to use here is…) the EMC Elect program, and second to EMC’s commitment to social media engagement.

Me with a Team Lotus F1 RacecarI said above that the EMC Elect here in Milan are being given the same level of access that press and analysts receive, but — quite frankly — I think we’re actually getting more access. On the day before the event, we were invited to take a behind-the-scenes walk-through of the event site — while the stage and sets were still being constructed. I got to have my picture taken while I was sitting on a Team Lotus F1 racecar. I got to sit in on some of the “dress rehearsal” that the EMC presenters were doing to ensure they were fully prepared for the event. How often does a guy like me get to do all that?

At some point after I’m home and rested up, I’ll do a full write-up on what the whole experience was like.

Until then, if you’re interested in what EMC actually announced at the event, you can read my thoughts about it here:

As a member of the EMC Elect, I’m grateful to have gotten to be a part of this. As an EMC partner, I’m looking forward to getting to bring these products to my customers.

EMC Expands VSPEX Offerings

Today EMC announced new offerings in its VSPEX program. VSPEX is EMC’s collection of pre-validated reference architectures, delivered by their channel partners. VSPEX provides a middle-ground. It offers greater speed for deployment than building and testing your own solution from scratch, and it provides more choice and flexibility than the converged infrastructure of the VCE Vblock.


Several existing VSPEX solutions have been rearchitected to use the new generation of VNX storage systems. These solutions include ones for:

  • Oracle 11g
  • MS SharePoint 2013
  • MS Exchange 2013
  • MS SQL Server 2012

New Solutions Available Now

EMC introduced some new VSPEX reference architectures that are available now. These include:

  • Private Cloud solutions for up to 1,000 VMs (using the new VNX)
  • End-User Computing solutions using VMware Horizon View 7.2
  • End-User Computing solutions using Citrix XenDesktop 7
  • Adding RecoverPoint data protection to VSPEX solutions

New Solutions Coming Soon

EMC also introduced two new VSPEX solutions that will be coming soon. They are:

  • Private Cloud solutions based on VMware vSphere 5.5 (will be available as soon as vSphere 5.5 goes GA)
  • End-User Computing solutions using Microsoft Hyper-V