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CRN: But then again, if you believe, like a lot of vendors we talk to, that converged infrastructure is where the market is going, and that’s why you have Vblocks and why you have VSPEX. ...
Tucci: In there, that’s why we took best-of- breed. What is the best hypervisor on the market? VMware.
CRN: OK, that would be a subjective call.
Tucci: Look at the [market] share.
CRN: That’s why I didn't answer the question.
Tucci: OK, the leading. What is the leading networking in the world? Cisco. What is the leading storage in the world? EMC. What is a very innovative server with networking built-in? (Cisco) UCS. So we’ve taken two best parts from Cisco, two best parts from EMC and VMware, and we created VCE. So that is a best-of-breed integration.
So we did that. And now we’re saying, OK, if you want more choice, and you want to go down below the market which VCE is targeting, and we say VSPEX.
You with me? We’ve done both. We’re trying to be, it’s not my way or the highway. It’s, here’s options for you.
Look, VCE is phenomenal, and has phenomenal potential. There’s our best of breed. You’re still using EMC storage. We’ve now done a lot of work internally so you can pick your x86 server of your choice, here are two networking choices and hypervisor choices that we’ve preconfigured and done a lot of integration with, and here you go. You’ve got the Vblock, and you’ve got VSPEX. Boom.
Which is a whole lot better than the other way, which you can still do, is buy whatever you want and put it all together yourself with your own blueprint. You still have that world.
So we’re giving you the whole world now.
CRN: Can you categorically say that EMC will never come out with an EMC server offering?
Tucci: I can tell you categorically I’m not thinking about doing it.
CRN: You’ve got the technology. You’ve got the connections. Intel’s a great partner, Pat Gelsinger. ...
Tucci: Yeah, but Intel’s already built out, and Pat when he was there was a big piece of this, Intel has already built out a huge whitebox community. You’ve already got that. I got that. I can pick from it.
Could I do it? Sure. Am I thinking about it? Honestly, no.