Very good post from Colin McNamara (thank you) on the EMC VSPEX
What is VSPEX? There has been a bit of speculation floating around the industry the past couple of weeks regarding what EMC will be releasing. I have heard rumors spreading from the extreme of EMC create a new super version of VPLEX, to EMC creating a product wholly and completely competitive with Vblock (mentioned here by CRN last week talking about a VMAX based VPLEX). A few people, notable the folks at the register (VSPEX article here) have come quite a bit closer to the truth by calling out that a new reference architecture positioned to address the mid-market in a similar fashion to NetApp’s FlexPodoffering.
THE TRUTH ABOUT VSPEX
VSPEX is a pre-validated set of reference architectures currently focused around Server Virtualization (cloud computing if you want to church it up) as well as end-user computing (VDI/VXI/Application Presentation Solutions). It fills the gap in EMC’s solution offerings that exists between a design and build your own solutions and their converged infrastructure product (VCE Vblock).
The idea behind VSPEX is to provide a customers complete virtualization solution, while allowing for flexibility in the selection of compute, virtualization and data protection (backup) technologies that best fit their needs and current environments.
VSPEX is designed to allow for that flexibility of choice while removing the risk and lowering deployment times by deliver pre-validated tested reference architecture, as well as logical build guides similar to what is used to deploy and manage Vblock. The end result of this is to have a solution that scales to known capacities and can be deployed in a rapid reliable manner with build guides created by EMC and it’s ecosystem partners.
Read on here