November, 2009: Vblock Solutions First Announced, But Not VCE Yet
Cisco, EMC and VMware in November, 2009 introduced Vblock, a series of preconfigured, pretested solutions based on Cisco UCS servers and its networking switches, EMC's Symmetrix or Clariion storage arrays, and VMware's vSphere server virtualization platform.
The Vblock solutions, which were aimed at helping customers build virtual data centers and private computing clouds, were not yet actual products. That would come later. Instead, Vblock was more of a reference architecture for building such solutions.
EMC and Cisco at this time also introduced a soon-to-be-launched joint venture called Acadia. Acadia, which also featured investment from VMware and Intel, was slated to be a separate legal entity that would ensure the Vblock Infrastructure Packages are built in a standardized and repeatable fashion for customer data centers.
Sounds a lot like VCE, right?