In a post on the EMC Pulse official blog, EMC’s Jason Hepp the GM of the Global Microsoft Solutions Business Unit Hepp has leaked EMC’s new strategy to work with Microsoft on speeding up private cloud and application environments.
Hepp said that EMC were serious about offering their audience a "choice" of solutions to help accelerate their developments of private cloud infrastructures with new solutions including;
EMC Integration for Microsoft Private Cloud Using EMC VNX Unified Storage, Backup and Recovery for Microsoft Private Cloud Using the EMC Data Protection Suite, and a continued Investment in Microsoft Technology Centers (MTCs).
In the blog Hepp describes the reasons for the new increased integration with Microsoft.
“Many of our customers want to understand how they can build a flexible and efficient virtual infrastructure that can support a mixed workload environment including SQL Server database, Microsoft SharePoint collaboration, and Microsoft Exchange and Lync unified communications on Windows Server with Hyper-V. The new Proven Solution showcases an efficient virtual infrastructure with an efficient storage design that supports colocation of mixed workloads.”
While Hepp talks about choice in the post, there actually seems to be precious little choice on offer, it’s either Microsoft and EMC, or nothing, where’s the choice in that? Yes they’re helping businesses develop quicker but please less with the choice.