As you may have also read in Heidi Biggar’s post, with a lot of anticipation from an online and social media teaser campaign, EMC finally unveiled the missing letters of “SPE” in VSPEX. So when waiting for your turn on “Words with Friends”, using Heidi’s suggestions of course , feel free to read on for some further insight on the announcement. While you read, I will be trying to beat this annoying level on Angry Birds Space!
So, VSPEX, it is not just another “v” product name for us IT geeks to remember, it is a solution foundation and reference architecture for our Partners and their Customers to deploy virtualized infrastructure on an EMC industry leading storage foundation. Ok… You’re probably asking for the translations from the wordy marketing speak I used just now… right? Ok, here it is in geek speak… We give you the storage platform and at the same time provide you with guidance in connecting your desired flavor of compute and networking infrastructure for your very own customized cloud-in-a-box. VSPEX can easily be built for various Hypervisor platforms and customized through our VSPEX reference architectures for both VMware vSphere 5.0 and Microsoft Hyper-V.
So what makes VSPEX different from any other similar offering that you may find out there in the industry? Well, to me it is one that is mentioned in the product info, but can be overlooked when datasheets are read… it’s Backup and Recovery! This is a detail I feel that is quite frankly overlooked by other solutions offered in the market place today.
VSPEX is a proven reference architecture leveraging not only EMC’s Shared Storage but also EMC’s Industry Leading Backup and Recovery, both optimized for virtualization environments. The specific product models included in the reference architecture were custom selected specifically for the markets VSPEX is targeted for: “Small to Medium Businesses” and “Midmarket Businesses.” I have first hand knowledge of this process, as I have provided input, with those market segments in mind, from the Backup and Recovery perspective. As “One EMC” we put together a lot of time into validating that the right product models were selected to provide the optimal solution for VSPEX.
Specifically, for business critical applications deployed on the VSPEX platform, we have included EMC Avamar’s industry leading support for highly efficient deduplicated backup of those apps causing you data growth concerns. This not only includes the applications listed in the quote above, but also many more. For example, in a previous post I highlight and demo EMC Avamar’s features for Microsoft Exchange Granular Restore, which could feasibly be deployed on the VSPEX platform.
It is the attention to detail that I believe truly leads to complete and industry-leading solutions. I can confidently say, we have clearly made backup and recovery a required detail in this type of offering to our Partners and Customers.
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