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The only thing converged in “converged infrastructure” is the purchase order

Steve Kaplan
I was at a CIO roundtable in Portland a couple of weeks ago and during the introductions, one of the CIOs said, “We’ve been using hyperconverged for the past five years on a Vblock.” My tongue still hurts from biting it. Could anything possibly be more unlike software-defined hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) than a Vblock?  As […]

Top 20 VMware ESXi Articles for May 2017

Top 20 ESXi articles for May 2017 ESXi host fails with intermittent NMI PSOD on HP ProLiant Gen8 servers Unable to delete the virtual machine snapshots Snapshot removal task stops at 99% in ESXi/ESX Unable to power off the virtual machine in an ESXi host ESXi host fails with intermittent NMI purple diagnostic screen on […]

VMware: Network Overview and Power Settings

Within vRealize Operations (vROps), you can connect different management packs to extend functionality — importing data from other platforms to turn vROps into a unique console for all the insight that you need. The Cisco UCS Management Pack from Blue Medora offers customers extensive insight into their environments to drive better performance and simplify troubleshooting. […]

Cisco Vblock Systems Built on a Foundation of UCS Integrated Infrastructure

I’m looking forward to EMC World 2016 at the Venetian in Las Vegas where thousands of attendees will meet and learn about the latest in compute, storage, networking, and solutions.  This year Cisco is a Diamond sponsor at EMC World 2016. The Cisco booth is number 412, right near the entrance to the exhibit hall. […]

Gartner square-slicers name Cisco and Nutanix integrated boxen bosses

Gartner this week popped out its new Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems and the news is good for Nutanix, Cisco and HP. Gartner’s square-slicers now consider three classes of integrated rigs, namely: Integrated stack system (ISS) — Server, storage and network hardware integrated with application software to provide appliance or appliancelike functionality. Think Oracle’s Exadata […]

HOW TO: VCE Vblock Systems Password Change

VCE Vblock consist of many components and when it gets built in the VCE factory, these components are configured with a standard VCE password(s). These passwords can be found in the documentation provided by VCE.  This can be in a form of a spreadsheet or as part of VCE Vblock System As-Built documentation which also […]

Dell XC Series Launches – and Nutanix partners benefit

Nutanix partners will benefit from the rising tide of web-scale mindshare as Dell launches its XC Series: Web-scale Converged Appliances across the world. But solutions providers currently selling Nutanix-branded appliances through Dell are already discovering other advantages. Choice Solutions, for example, beat out an entrenched Vblock incumbent with the assistance of Dell’s existing server business and its […]

The VCE dissolution: here comes channel disruption

“Partnering is more difficult than acquisitions…Most strategic coalitions have a very high failure rate, worse than acquiring, and yet as a company, we’ve all three been able to do this.” -John Chambers, 2009 The waves of disruption are starting to break. Several magazines (see Sources) reported today that EMC is folding VCE into its business and buying […]

Xangati Unveils Application-Aware Infrastructure Intelligence, Allowing Companies to Deliver an Unparalleled User Experience for Mobile and Web Applications

Xangati, a leading provider of App-Aware Infrastructure Intelligence, today announced Xangati Product Suite XSR12, a major software release that delivers industry-leading, real-time, high fidelity visibility and rapid triage for the entire client, desktop, compute, networking and storage infrastructure. XSR12 is designed to ensure a superior user experience for Citrix XenApp®, XenDesktop® or web-based applications, such […]

10 reasons why web-scale infrastructure will trounce converged infrastructure 1.0

In The Register last week, a VCE spokesperson said that comparing Nutanix to Vblock is like comparing a glove box in one vehicle to an entire car. A more applicable, albeit fictional, automobile analogy would be to contrast an inexpensive Tesla with a Cadillac Escalade for commuting back and forth to work. VCE certainly hasn’t achieved a […]

Nutanix Unveils Global Program to Upgrade Vblock Customers to Web-Scale Converged Infrastructure

Nutanix, the leading provider of next-generation datacenter infrastructure solutions, today announced a company-wide initiative to bring true web-scale simplicity and economics to enterprise IT teams underserved by VCE converged infrastructure. CIOs and datacenter architects have long recognized the need to scale their infrastructure on demand, and avoid expensive overprovisioning that prevents an IT cost model […]

Vblock Control and Management with VMTurbo Video

Vblocks – integrated reference architecture solutions from VCE (based on technology from VMWare, Cisco and EMC) – are very popular as a reference design with proven characteristics for virtualized workloads. By installing VMTurbo Operations Manager, further value can be gained from your Vblock, as well as avoiding costs: VMTurbo Operations Manager drives Vblock to a […]

VMTurbo VBlock Management and Control

In a software driven world, defining your data center is no longer enough. To deliver what the business needs, IT must not only define the infrastructure and software, but drive that environment to its desired state while controlling everything the application work load needs to touch. End to end, whether compute, storage, fabric, or network. […]

VMware Horizon View White Paper: Large-Scale Reference Architecture

This reference architecture is based on real-world test scenarios, user workloads, and infrastructure system configurations. It uses the VCE Vblock Specialized System for Extreme Applications, composed of Cisco UCS server blades and EMC XtremIO flash storage, to support a 7,000-user VMware Horizon ViewTM 5.2 deployment. Extensive user-experience and operations testing, including Login VSI desktop performance […]

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