EMC Unveils Hybrid Cloud Solution, Backed By Trio Of Acquisitions

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Subbu Iyer and Bharat Badrinath
Subbu Iyer and Bharat Badrinath

EMC Tuesday unveiled a hybrid cloud solution and related services as well as the acquisition of three small cloud technology providers which together are aimed at advancing its ability to help customers build hybrid clouds.

The EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution is focused on helping business users quickly deploy IT-as-a-Service infrastructures based on EMC engineered systems featuring pre-integrated VCE Vblock solutions or VSPEX reference architectures, said Bharat Badrinath, EMC's senior director of global solutions marketing.

EMC's acquisitions -- OpenStack IaaS solution developer Cloudscaling, which was revealed earlier this month; global namespace provider Maginatics; and cloud-based application data backup and recovery provider Spanning -- are targeted at letting EMC extend its hybrid cloud capabilities across cloud infrastructure, storage and data protection, the company said.

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Together, the news ties together a number of recent moves by the Hopkinton, Mass.-based company to advance its hybrid cloud capabilities.

EMC earlier this month unveiled the first of five planned integrated solutions based on technology sourced from multiple parts of the EMC Federation. That initial solution, the Federation Software-Defined Data Center, combines EMC and VMware technology into a flexible platform upon which further EMC Federation technologies can be built, Badrinath said at the time.

The EMC Federation includes EMC Information Infrastructure; virtualization leader VMware; big data and custom app developer Pivotal; and security technology developer RSA.

October also saw EMC move to absorb VCE, its joint venture with Cisco Systems to develop pre-integrated Vblock converged infrastructure solutions, into EMC by purchasing much of Cisco's equity in VCE. That move will make VCE a part of the EMC Federation.

In addition, EMC this month reorganized its existing product lines into two new divisions, the Emerging Technology Division and the Core Technology Division, and formed a new business unit focused on its cloud management and orchestration product line.

The new EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution will come in three editions, Badrinath said.

The first, the EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution Federation Software-Defined Data Center Edition with VMware, is based on the company's Federation Software-Defined Data Center, with the addition of new acceleration services and new services partners that can help with the deployment, Badrinath said. It is available immediately.

EMC plans to offer similar solutions based on the Microsoft Cloud Platform and OpenStack in 2015, he said.

The EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution can be deployed in as few as four weeks, Badrinath said. "The implementation takes only one week, once customers get the hardware and software parts," he said. "Design takes three to five weeks."

Customers can work with EMC Global Services or with one of several EMC services partners to deploy the EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution, Badrinath said.

"We are working with channel partners to help them with the services," he said. "We are working on getting them up to speed with the right specialties for next year."

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