|By Archie Hendryx
|February 17, 2013 07:16 PM EST
It’s been nearly 11 months since I joined VCE as a vArchitect. In that short amount of time I’ve not only seen an incredible amount of development and change within the IT industry but also within the company I’m so excited to still be working for.
The changes within the industry have been astounding as the awareness and market for Converged Infrastructure continues to grow at an unprecedented level. CIOs, IT Directors and CTOs are quickly realizing that they can achieve business objectives at minimum risk, in a quarter of the time and with more than 60% operational savings with a CI as opposed to the traditional build it yourself or reference architecture models they’ve been accustomed to.
Analysts such as IDC and Gartner have also validated VCE’s customers’ savings and CI market leadership in their recent analysis.
With imitation being the best of complements, my 11 months at VCE has also seen “competing” vendors launch their own quasi-versions of converged infrastructure from HP’s Cloud Matrix, Huawei’s FusionCube to IBM’s PureSystems and Dell’s Active. While they’ve certainly adopted all of the marketing messaging of VCE’s unique value proposition in reality they’re still a long way from the standardized, pre-integrated, pre-validated and pretested product offering of a Vblock. Indeed they are still more akin to the reference architecture offering of NetApp’s FlexPod. Until they adopt a standardized product based approach they will still struggle to produce a correct bill of materials in the same time VCE delivers and installs a production ready Vblock.
So while the ever changing industry and market plays catch up it’s even more exciting to see VCE prepare to launch their next phase of offerings that will undoubtedly propel them even further ahead of the competition and entrench it’s position as the market innovator and leader.
While I’m unable to reveal anything prior to the deadline set for Thursday 21st February 4pm GMT (blogs will follow), I can confirm that VCE are bringing additions to their portfolio that will have the industry in a frenzy particularly in the management, orchestration and compliance space.
With industry luminaries and leaders such as VCE CEO, Praveen Akkiraju, Cisco CEO John Chambers, EMC CEO Joe Tucci and VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger speaking at the launch, this is one announcement not to be missed.
Registration can be done here at www.vce.com