May 092011

VCE today announced a new Vblock infrastructure platform at EMC world. VCE have taken the opportunity to refresh the storage component of the Vblock (as EMC brought out its VNX range recently and also change the basic offerings.

In addition to the new storage options, there will be expanded RAID types and more blade and fabric options.

VCE has received criticism due to what was perceived as a lack of range of the Vblock offering. To address this and to evolve the product line they have enhanced the range of offerings.

For a start they are changing the naming conventions,

With the introduction of the new Vblock Series called 300, VCE will also be changing the name of the Symmetrix based Vblock 2 to the Vblock Series 700. The current Vblock Infrastructure Platforms 0, 1 and 1U will remain unchanged. I would expect that these would get updated at some point this year as the product line evolves.

300 Series:


Using the EX, FX, GX and HX tags apply to the 300 series to differentiate between the scales of deployment now means that greater choice and flexibility is now given to the customer.

700 Series:


The 700 series is aimed at Enterprise customers and is configurable with its compute stack (blade choices) meaning it can be scaled to meet requirements.


Vblock Platform Series:



Expect to see more Vblock products added to the line throughout the year as VCE attempt to cover all possible customer requirements.


Main Vblock Components:



For more information on the Vblock update or Vblocks in general then please see the bellow:

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Jan 032011

I have been pretty quiet over the last couple of months both on my blog and on twitter. Anyone that knows me will know this is quite unusual.

While I have missed the interaction with my fellow geeks I needed to re-charge my batteries and get my focus back. I had been contracting for over 2 years and felt it was the right time to take a short brake and spend the time with my family. Over 2 months later and I feel refreshed and ready to take on anything that can be thrown at me. Also spending 24/7 with your family can really make you want to go back to work. (my other half does not read my blog šŸ˜‰

So while quite a few of you reading this may already be aware that I have accepted a new role I thought I would let the rest of my readers know. I have left the uncertain and quite frankly unfriendly world of contracting behind me and have gone back to the warm embrace of permanent work. While I’m sure Mr tax man will also be rubbing his hands in anticipation at this news I felt the opportunity was far to great to turn down.

I am now a Virtualisation Specialist/Consultant for BTInet. I wont go into great detail about BTInet but if you would like to find out more about the company please visit the website bellow.

BTInet Home

So expect lots of posts on Clouds, UCS, vBlocks, Flexpods and VMware. You may also see some posts on VMware’s rivals also.

I am looking to keep my hand in with the communities as networking is a fantastic way to meet like minded people and contribute my own opinions. All being well (and if I’m aloud) I will be attending the London VMUG in Feb and the next vBeers.

I am very exited about 2011 and it couldn’t have got off to a better start. Iā€™m sure January is going to be a mentally busy month for me but I’m sure it will be immensely enjoyable also.

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