3 November 2014 by Peter Judge - DCD
EMC has announced a cloud-building service for enterprise customers, based around its vBlocks converged hardware and ViPR software-defined storage.
Enterprise Hybrid Cloud (EHC), launched last week, lets IT people build their own hybrid clouds, based on on-premise EMC storage systems, connecting out to public cloud services, which include Amazon AWS, Microsoft’s Azure and OpenStack - and of course the vCloud Air service from EMC subsidiary VMware.
Storage eats cloud?
Till now, EMC has been sceptical (or just last) with public and hybrid cloud, which might have been seen to conflict with its main business, selling on-premise storage. However, it has now taken over the vBlocks converged hardware business created by its VCE joint venture with Cisco, and is selling “engineered systems” (one stop shop) boxes based on Cisco’s UCS and its own storage systems.
With the new offering, called Federation software defined data center (SDDC), these vBlocks can now straddle between the EMC storage in the user’s own data center and public cloud services, to create a hybrid cloud - and EMC reckons the product will give a time-to-value (get a cloud up and running in 28 days).
Versions for Microsoft Cloud Platform (the cloud-in-a-box solution launched last month by Microsoft) and for OpenStack will be launched in 2015.
The big change of heart on public cloud is backed by three acquisitions - CloudScaling, Maginatics and Spanning.