Moving to take the concept of converged infrastructure beyond a single box, the VCE arm of EMC today unveiled its VCE Foundation for Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud, designed to make it possible to scale out systems based on Cisco servers and EMC storage.
VCE CTO Trey Layton says a network fabric that allows IT organizations to logically couple multiple servers together is at the heart of this Vscale architecture. In addition, VCE announced VCE Vblock Systems, which customers can choose to either bundle VMware NSX software that is available now or Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) software from Cisco later this year to create a software-defined data center environment.
Layton says VCE envisions these systems as foundational components for building hybrid cloud computing environments where, depending on the workload, organizations can either scale up or scale out IT infrastructure.
VCE also released a version 3.0 upgrade to its VCE Vision Intelligent Operations, which can now be used to manage multiple VCE systems.
There’s no doubt that as IT organizations move to embrace hybrid cloud computing at scale, there will be an increased need to automate IT infrastructure management. Almost by definition, that means an increased reliance on converged systems.
Whether those systems manifest themselves as blade servers, appliances or rack servers remains to be seen. But whatever the outcome, the days when compute, storage and networking were managed in isolation are pretty much coming to a close.