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Avnet Technology Solutions is making a completely configured EMC VSPEX solution-in-a-box available to solution providers for use in harsh environments or disaster recovery scenarios.
The Avnet Mobile Data Center Solution for EMC VSPEX combines technology from EMC, Brocade, Cisco, Elliptical Mobile Solutions, Metalogix, Microsoft and VMware in a self-contained chassis, said Greg Peterson, vice president and general manager for converged and data solutions under the distributor's EMC Solutions Group.
The chassis, from Elliptical Mobile Solutions, not only includes all the necessary power and cooling equipment but also moves under its own power, Peterson said.
"It has a motor inside that moves it along at 3 miles per hour," he said.
Avnet, like several distributors, can configure solutions based on the VSPEX reference architecture to order for solution providers. In fact, said John Tonthat, EMC business director for technology infrastructure solutions at Avnet, the Avnet Mobile Data Center Solution for EMC VSPEX solution started out as a design exercise.
"We had an opportunity to partner with Elliptical Mobile for a unique solution in two recent unique use cases, one a deployment in Afghanistan and the other for use after Hurricane Sandy," Tonthat said. "We built it so it was completely enclosed against harsh conditions or disaster conditions. Data center operators can also use it to move a data center on the fly."
David Gottesman, principle at Gottesman Consulting, a San Francisco-based consulting company and partner with Avnet and EMC, said he can see several interesting possibilities for the Avnet Mobile Data Center Solution for EMC VSPEX solution.
"We've done a lot of business around sporting events, and with the military, and they need computers systems to go into harsh environments," Gottesman said. "We can bring a couple of these in, regardless of the environment. ... I can see where cell companies might need one if a tower goes down, or if communications are out."