back to article We were right: EMC's VSPEX will take on FlexPods

EMC has devised a set of converged server system reference templates called VSPEX, offering complete application, soup-to-nuts modular stack designs to be sold and built by its Velocity Partner channel. Customers get faster and simpler implementations while EMC's channel gets additional high-margin business with EMC selling and …

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Yes, you were right

It was pretty impressive how close you were to the internal pre-launch documents.

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IBM's PureSystems propose more flexibility and openes

1) Support more computing platforms; Windows & Linux on x86, AIX & Linux on POWER and System i on POWER

2) Large scalability

3) More applications from hundreds of ISVs

4) 3rd party storage on the virtualization layer of the Strorewize V7000

5) Wide palette of connectivity options

6) Optimized internal network.

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Re: IBM's PureSystems propose more flexibility and openes

True, unless someone is just absolutely bent around using Cisco for the sake of using Cisco, I can't imagine any advantages UCS or VBlock would have over PureSystems. PureSystems have more options in every category, actual application optimization as opposed to just integrating VM, OS, and IOS management, and much better server tech with eX5 than UCS. Also, if at some point in the future Cisco, VMware, EMC, BMC Software decide that they are no longer friends, you are going to be dead ended with a bunch of VBlock gear. For instance, what if Oracle or IBM buy BMC?

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Re: IBM's PureSystems propose more flexibility and openes

VSPEX is not the same as VBlock.

Unlike the FlexPod or a VBlock, there is not a requirement that Cisco be part of a VSPEX solution. If Brocade is your strategic partner, then use them for the networking. Pick your server vendor.

VSPEX is not the same as VBlock.

It is designed to strike a balance between the flexibility associated with cobbling together your own best of breed based stack, and the "ease of use" that you get with a pre-configured stack like a FlexPod or a VBlock.

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