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The Rise And Fall Of VCE: The History Of An Unusual Partnership

We look at VCE from its start as a developer of reference architectures based on EMC, Cisco and VMware technologies through its transformation into a $2 billion developer of integrated data center solutions to now as a new unit of the EMC Federation.

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History To Judge The Success Of VCE

VCE was founded in June 2009 to design reference architectures based on EMC storage, Cisco server and networking, and VMware virtualization technologies, but over time it became a seller of Vblock converged appliances integrated by the factory before shipping. While VCE's parents never unveiled the profitability of VCE, they did brag about the company having a $2 billion annual run rate. So even if it made no money, the parent companies did quite a bit of business that might have went to other converged infrastructure developers.

Was VCE successful? Five years after its founding, it has been absorbed into EMC, with Cisco's stake reduced to 10 percent and VMware's to piddly. However, it was, and remains, the standard against which other converged infrastructure, and the new hyper-converged infrastructure, vendors measure themselves.

What a long, strange trip it's been for VCE. Turn the page, and relive the journey with CRN.

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