Today we will be talking about VCE's cloud infrastructure product, the
Vblock. Gartner's recent study that through next year 60% of enterprises will
embrace some form of cloud adoption, has enlightened the competitive cloud
vendor market. But at the same time, does the cloud industry need to be
driven by vendor competition or vendor collaboration? Archie Hendryx of VCE
Technology Solutions discusses this very matter.
EM360°: Could you tell us about VCE and why cloud has played a big part in
your company's solutions?
Archie: VCE is a unique start up company formed via joint investments from
EMC, Cisco, VMware and Intel that has been operating for just over three
years. Its focus is solely on building the world's most advanced converged
infrastructure, the Vblock. The Vblock is a pretested, prevalidated and
preconfigured and more importantly pre-integrated infrastruct... (more)
Archie Hendryx looks at the benefits and challenges of managing multiple IT
components through a single support solution
Many public sector organisations are not changing their ICT legacy systems.
As a result, they face increasing number of inefficiencies and challenges.
These issues can nevertheless be overcome, and performance increased, by
managing these legacy systems within a converged infrastructural environment.
This approach can also reduce the risks associated with legacy systems, such
as security, missing functionality, increased complexity and operational
Faced with the prospect of the extra disks needed for RAID 10 or the heavily
marketed RAID 5, most users would go with the economic option and choose the
latter believing they avoided themselves potential capacity problems for the
future. But with 15k FC disks now seen as a norm for an OLTP (with some users
even going for SSDs), the need to decide between RAID 10 or RAID 5 is
something that needs to go beyond economic considerations.
The benefits of Storage administration becoming easier and more accessible
via GUIs and single management panes has ironically led to the downside of ... (more)
The best method of Storage virtualization has been one of the most debated
and argued issues within the industry. Nobody argues that while it is nothing
more than an abstraction between the storage device and its application, the
benefits that come with it such as consolidation, ease of management, online
migrations etc. make it a fundamental aspect of the constantly
non-heterogeneous emerging world of storage.
Of course virtualization is on everyone's lips with the advent of VMotion and
Vstorage offered by the Server-based storage virtualization solution of
VMware. Veritas Volu... (more)
I was recently asked my opinion on what were the main considerations for
Cloud Computing with specific emphasis on Internal Clouds.
Eager to assist I quickly gave a rundown of issues which included SLAs,
distinguishing charge rates, security etc, etc.
Pleased with the response received our conversation then veered off into
another direction but then it struck me - I had just fallen victim to the
marketing jargon. Internal Cloud?
What on earth was he asking me and what on earth had I just answered with?
I thought back and reassessed my understanding of the Cloud to what I