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November 04, 2010

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nate

Your headline made me think of 3cV which came out about 3 years ago - (3)PAR storage, HP (c) class blades, and (V)mware.

http://www.3par.com/news_events/press_releases/20071210.html

"Validated Blueprint of 3PAR, HP, and VMware Products Can Halve Costs and Floor Space"

course it was less "official" from HP's and vmware's standpoint I'm sure..

Only thing missing is better networking, I'll take HP Flex10 over cisco any day of the week but would like something even more powerful and easy to use..

It was funny, in the heat of the bidding war between HP and Dell for 3PAR, 3PAR came out an tossed out a press release for another customer signing onto the 3cV bandwagon during VMworld. I know it was coincidental but I can't help but wonder what the Dell execs were thinking when they saw that and knew they had nothing to compete against the c-Class with.

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@Nate... I think the point Chuck is making is that where the true test comes is in sales, services and support execution and, even when all of the components are well engineered, a failure in those areas can break a solution.

History if rife with examples like 3Par and there are a ton today. They are all historical footnotes, for the most part, because, as Chuck points out, they were CEO level strategy with funding and conceptual agreement, but little or no follow through, and metrics alignment, at execution.

AFAIK, VCE is the first time a solution stack has been "legitimized" by the participants at this level of depth in this particular space.

Interesting entry... In the interest of transparency (which I think is a rule on this blog :) ), I recently joined Acadia from "a very large competitor of VMWare", but part of what drove my decision is precisely what Chuck is describing here - the unprecedented amount of skin that Cisco, EMC and VMW are putting into this game.

Mike Riley

I would suggest that the integrated stack approach does make sense. Right now, I would say it's more projection than fact that VBlock is "enormously popular" or that the customers are "legion." With 62 customers "beginning Vblock implementations or have Vblock actually in production" and a 56% growth rate (translation: ~40 ordered over the past year with some in a POC and some in production) it's proof of a young and growing idea. Whether or not EMC can barely keep up with production for this demand, I can't say. But, hype can damage adoption - make this idea a target - so, a dose of humility might help us all until we can see how the market votes. We should check back in a year with a better historical perspective.

As far as the rest of your checklist, a NetApp Flexpod hits the mark. If not a Flexpod, you have Cisco validated blueprints that have been implemented (ie. in production) so both consumption models prove to be effective. NetApp has the resources (e.g. sales force, channel strength and PS). Now it comes down to execution. We'll see. I'll keep my powder dry on whether these are "flying off the shelves" though.

Chuck Hollis

Hi Mike (of NetApp?)

Go through the checklist I published. Based on the published information from NetApp, few -- if any -- of the boxes can be checked.

Like I've said before -- reference architectures are a dime a dozen these days. A Vblock is a product you can buy and deploy.

It's not a blueprint of a car -- it's a car.

-- Chuck

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