The “VCE Foundation for Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud,” from converged computing business VCE is a new integrated solution designed for the deployment and management of hybrid cloud environments, and is one of the first devices to come out of the business since EMC announced it would be taking the lead role in the business.
In October 2014, VCE – the joint venture of VMware, Cisco, and EMC – announced that EMC had acquired controlling interest in the company. The idea behind the move was to allow VCE to move faster and be more nimble without the overhead of having three parent companies.
The new device aims to bring together the speed and agility of a public cloud with all the control and security of a private cloud and it does this by coming pre-configured and ready to go with a number of pre-installed hybrid specific features including; including VMware NSX (network virtualisation), VMware vRealize (management and orchestration), and EMC ViPR (software defined storage).
Commenting on the launch Todd Pavone, Executive Vice President, Product Strategy and Development, VCE said “The shift toward hybrid cloud computing models is requiring IT organizations to deliver new services at unprecedented rates of speed and agility.”
Adding “VCE is continuing its next phase of growth and innovation to deliver converged infrastructure solutions that further simplify and accelerate the deployment of hybrid cloud environments. With this new solution, VCE is scaling its formula of simplicity and outstanding customer experience up and down the cloud infrastructure stack through an expanded portfolio of integrated solutions, taking full advantage of key software-defined data center technologies from EMC and VMware.”
The Foundation for Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud will be orderable in Q1 2015 through VCE and its partners. While the devices ticks all the requirements that businesses need with a hybrid cloud out- of-the-box solution, it will be interesting to see how it fairs against what is now a very competitive sector, where the majority of the competition fuelled by the businesses founders including VMware EVO:RAIL solutions from the likes of Dell and HP and EMC’s own recently announced VSPEX BLUE.
While this sounds mad and a case of eating your own lunch, if you look at car manufacturers you get similar situations that seem to do no harm. For example VW owns Seat and Skoda, which produce the Altea, Ibiza and Fabia which all compete directly with VW’s own Polo and so far it appears to have worked for VW rather than against them.