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Cisco, EMC data center coalition feels on solid ground

Jim Duffy | Feb. 28, 2013
There's been a lot of speculation on what the future holds for VCE, the converged data center infrastructure coalition formed by Cisco, EMC and VMware, in light of recent maneuvers by those companies to become more competitive and less reliant on each other in the marketplace, and with the advent of software-defined networking.

Have Cisco, EMC and VMware invested any more capital or manpower into VCE since its inception?

Akkiraju: Absolutely. From a people perspective, we have grown tremendously even over the last year. We no longer source talent from Cisco, EMC and VMware but we are hiring from a lot of our competitors and other industry leaders in this space: database administrators, application experts. We are trying to build a data center company, a company that truly understands data centers, with data center and cloud experts. We demonstrate ongoing investments in VCE on an annual basis. The investment continues and we are growing.

What is the potential impact, positive or negative, of SDNs on your business or products? Does network virtualization pose a risk to the integrated infrastructure approach or to VCE as an entity? Does VCE plan to have an SDN strategy and/or adopt or support those proposed by Cisco or VMware/Nicira?

Layton: I am excited with what's going on in the software-defined data center, software-defined storage and SDN space. We are enabling our investor companies to come together with their SDN technologies in the instance of a converged infrastructure system of the future that will leverage their best-in-class technologies. Is it disruptive to us? No, it's simply enabling us to move on to the next generation of technology and offer a different degree of value -- we're excited to be at the point of intersection between each of the investor companies.

Akkiraju: We're partnering very closely with all of the software-defined aspects of our core components. The physical infrastructure is not going anywhere. You're always going to have a physical and virtual component and there also needs to be a lot of context that is shared. We are actually going to be a lot further ahead than any of our competitors because we're going to have access to a lot of the software-defined components of our core infrastructure.


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