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Channel sources say that VSPEX will be a reference architecture that gives customers a choice of hypervisor and networking architecture, making it much more flexible than VCE's Vblocks and enabling EMC to compete on a new level with NetApp. Management will likely be provided by EMC's Ionix virtualized IT management technology.
The move to build a reference architecture is in line with what many in the channel expect is a move by Pat Gelsinger, president and COO of EMC's information infrastructure products, to take advantage of EMC storage platform's underlying server architecture. Gelsinger joined EMC in 2009 from Intel, where he served as the senior vice president and co-general manager of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group. Gelsinger was often cited as a potential heir to the CEO position at Intel.
The company made an interesting choice with the term "VSPEX." It is similar to the VSP line of virtual storage products from rival storage vendor Hitachi Data Systems. VSPEX is also the web address for a joint Taiwan and China shipping company, Wei Shibo International Express Co., Ltd.