Feeds

EMC VSPEX storage torpedo could sink FlexPods

Top-secret kit rumoured to be aiming to unseat Cisco offering

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

Comment The consensus among storage insiders is that NetApp and Cisco's FlexPods are in EMC's sights with its coming VSPEX validated bundle of bits.

El Reg storage desk thinks the thing may be FlexPod-like. So rather than being a "product" like the VCE Vblock, VSPEX may be an architectural template or reference document specifying a converged server/networking/storage/hypervisor/security/management stack that EMC's channel can then use to build systems for customers.

The thinking here is that EMC's channel has seen the penetration of FlexPods, the Cisco/NetApp reference architecture, and said it wants an equivalent product. At the same time EMC and Cisco have realised that, although VBlock and FlexPod configurations partially overlap, there is a gap below the low end of Vblock configurations – which is a good channel opportunity for an "EMCpod", a FlexPod-like system with alternate product choices at the hypervisor, network and server levels of the system's stack.

Thus, for example, we anticipate various rackmount X86 servers can be used from Cisco (UCS C-series), Dell, HP and IBM. It may be that blade servers could be used but this would take VSPEX compute power up to Vblock levels and EMC may feel that it does not want to compete directly with the Vblock in this way.

Either Cisco or Brocade Fibre Channel switches could be used, El Reg storage desk believes this is a Fibre Channel-access and Fibre Channel (FC) internal network device, in the sense that FC interconnects the servers and the VNX storage arrays. EMC may make an iSCSI version of VSPEX and or a filer version. Both of these options would separate VSPEX from Vblock more.

We don't think that a version of VMAX running application software, as floated here, is so likely. That will happen at some stage in the future but is unlikely at this juncture as it would be a Vblock competitor and, besides, would diminish choice, server choice, rather than increase it. We could be mistaken, of course.

Cisco can hardly complain about EMC doing this as Cisco itself is having a menage à trois with EMC (Vblock) and NetApp (FlexPod) and, besides, it will probably sell a few more UCS servers as a result.

EMC will be able to better compete with the other three main server vendors – Dell, HP and IBM – and their channel partners offering complete stacks using compute, network and storage components from their server partner.

Will VSPEX offer VFCache, EMC's server flash cache product? We expect so. Why forego an opportunity to make an EMC packaging of a Dell, HP or IBM server go faster than the basic product on its own?

We could envisage RSA security being involved, as well as backup to Data Domain and management by Ionix. That's the thinking in Reg's storage rumour central. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?
Sysadmins, you're either fighting fires or seen as incompetents now
Microsoft: Azure isn't ready for biz-critical apps … yet
Microsoft will move its own IT to the cloud to avoid $200m server bill
Oracle reveals 32-core, 10 BEEELLION-transistor SPARC M7
New chip scales to 1024 cores, 8192 threads 64 TB RAM, at speeds over 3.6GHz
US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo
Now all that remains is for gov't offices to ban the boxes
Flash could be CHEAPER than SAS DISK? Come off it, NetApp
Stats analysis reckons we'll hit that point in just three years
Object storage bods Exablox: RAID is dead, baby. RAID is dead
Bring your own disks to its object appliances
Nimble's latest mutants GORGE themselves on unlucky forerunners
Crossing Sandy Bridges without stopping for breath
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.