Vblock SystemsLast week at EMC World in Las Vegas, one of the industry’s best offerings in converged infrastructure was on display. The adoption of converged infrastructure is becoming increasingly common in many organizations. In fact, research estimates that the total addressable market for converged infrastructure will reach $402B by 2017. Companies are taking advantage of converged infrastructure to accelerate cloud and software-defined data center deployments. Converged infrastructure is used by IT organizations to reduce provisioning times, centralize the management of IT resources, and increase resource utilization rates – resulting in lower costs. These objectives are enabled by the creation of pools of compute, storage and networking resources that can be shared by multiple applications and managed in a collective manner using policy driven processes.

Vblock™ Systems from VCE stand out as one of the most successful examples of converged infrastructure, having transformed data center architectures by changing how infrastructure is designed, built, managed and maintained. Vblock Systems provide a great infrastructure foundation on top of which many businesses are building their software-defined data centers (SDDC). Vblock Systems are pre-integrated, pre-tested and pre-validated converged infrastructures that accelerate deployment of SDDC. In the SDDC, all components of compute, networking and storage are delivered as on-demand software services. Many businesses are far along in virtualizing their compute infrastructure (estimates are in the range of 65-75% of workloads being virtualized).

The next step on this path is virtualization of the network. Why? Because the business is demanding the same agility they see in virtualized compute across the entire converged infrastructure, and the network is holding them back. The network needs to deliver the same operational performance and efficiency enabled by virtualization.

VMware NSX is an ideal platform for virtualizing the network running on top of converged infrastructure such as Vblock Systems in the SDDC. In fact, we’ve found that NSX runs absolutely great on Vblock Systems. Customers today are already running NSX with Vblock Systems, and we are seeing customer interest from VCE customers continue to accelerate. NSX simplifies infrastructure, reduces costs, automates operations and increases efficiency. Firewall and load balancing capabilities are built into NSX and function at the virtual machine level. Running NSX on Vblock Systems also requires no changes to the underlying hardware infrastructure. NSX installs in a customer’s existing environment smoothly without the need to modify VMs or the applications.

VMware demonstrated the powerful combination of NSX running on Vblock Systems at EMC World. Additionally, NSX is highlighted in the EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud 2.0 reference architecture, which is E-Lab proven and includes Vblock Systems as one of the infrastructure platforms. Our VMware NSX Network Virtualization Design Guide also documents NSX running on the Cisco UCS and Nexus platforms, which are the core compute and network hardware components of Vblock Systems.

In the coming months, we will be able to share more about the ways in which VMware will enable customers to deploy NSX on Vblock Systems. If you want more information on this, please reach out to us at here at VMware directly.