Vblock System 200 can function as the sole core IT infrastructure for a midsize data center as well as an IT development environment, VCE says. Vblock System 200 supports the processing, sharing and storage of applications such as Exchange for Messaging, VMware Virtual Desktop Integration, Microsoft SharePoint and Cisco's Unified Communications collaboration, databases, Web/file sharing, domain services and print servers.
Vblock System 100 is designed to extend standard business applications from the enterprise data center to the remote site. Such applications include Exchange for Messaging, VMware Virtual Desktop Integration, Microsoft SharePoint and Cisco's Unified Communications, as well as small databases and Web/file sharing and print servers.
"It will enable us to start to build a distributed data center infrastructure with the same consistent converged infrastructure as the baseline [core headquarters data center]," says VCE CEO Praveen Akkiraju.
Cisco is also allied with EMC storage rival NetApp in addressing the integrated systems market for data center infrastructure. Their FlexPod reference architecture was recently broadened to address branch office requirements.
For application optimization, VCE unveiled a specialized Vblock system for the SAP HANA computing and database platform. This is the first such Vblock system optimized for core enterprise workloads, VCE says.
Vblock Specialized System SAP HANA has received SAP HANA certification, which VCE says enables enterprises to compute, analyze and transact large amounts of data in real-time, either on-premises or via the cloud, using the Vblock converged infrastructure system. Deploying traditional SAP software projects on Vblock systems can reduce the time required to provision new SAP application servers from days or weeks to minutes, VCE claims.
VCE also says its Vblock system can produce up to 50% better SAP database and application performance.
Oracle is the leading vendor in the integrated workload segment of the data center infrastructure market, according to Gartner, with revenue growing almost 78% in the second quarter of 2012. Up to now, VCE did not participate in this market, which also includes IBM and HP.
For management, VCE rolled out VCE Vision Intelligent Operations. This application enables converged infrastructure management for the entire Vblock portfolio, acting as a mediation layer between Vblock systems and existing data center management tools.