EMC has teamed up with a number of its partners to develop a range of integrated hardware, networking and software stacks with guaranteed performance levels for mid-market customers looking to deploy virtualisation technologies.
The VSPEX programme should help EMC compete with the likes of HP and IBM who already offer customers complete compute, network, server and storage stacks.
Each of the 14 stacks EMC will offer is built using its own storage and data protection technology, but will hold different combinations of partners' network, server, hypervisor and application offerings.
Customers will be able to choose networking offerings from Brocade or Cisco, servers from Intel or Cisco, hypervisors from VMware, Microsoft or Citrix, and applications from Oracle, Microsoft or SAP.
Each stack option will be offered with a guaranteed performance capability, EMC cloud business director, Colin Fisher, told V3.
"This is about giving small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) choice and flexibility so they can move to virtualised environments faster because of the benefits the technologies offer," he said.
"We are taking pain away from engineers and giving them peace of mind, as we absolutely know what each stack is capable of."
EMC is also offering customers a free management plug-in to manage whichever stack they choose.
"Customers can build whatever infrastructure they choose but they will still face challenges in management," said Fisher.
"IT staff in SMBs tend to be generalists and we are offering them a flexible in-between option of them having to do all of the engineering and testing of the infrastructure themselves, and them being given a complete infrastructure solution."
EMC plans to use its channel partners to build and sell the systems to its customers.
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