VCE and Vblock

VCE, the Virtual Computing Environment Company, is a privately held American computer integration company formed in 2009 (originally named Acadia) by Cisco Systems and EMC Corporation with additional investments from VMware and Intel Corporation.

VCE builds and assembles Vblock Systems using EMC storage, Cisco servers and networking, and VMware virtualization technology. It bundles and tests these systems before shipping them to customers.[

Products and services

Vblock 300 FX at CA World 2011

VCE sells products it calls Vblock Systems as
converged infrastructure
that combine
VMware vSphere
software running on
Cisco Unified Computing Systems
(UCS) connected with
Cisco Nexus switches
, attached to
EMC Symmetrix
storage. Despite the "block" in the name, the storage can be accessed as either a
block device or a
file server. Vblock Systems are marketed for large-scale
data centers which run software applications such as

Microsoft Exchange Server
Microsoft SharePoint
. They are delivered in standard
19-inch rack
units to aid in planning for cooling and power requirements.

Enterprise-level systems

In May 2011, the Vblock System Series 300 was announced with models EX, FX, GX and HX (smallest to largest). The Vblock 2 was renamed the 700 series.[43]

The Vblock System 700 LX was announced at the EMC World May 2012 trade show, as the most expensive Vblock System, supporting thousands of virtual machines. VCE introduced the inclusion of EMC software for backup, recovery, replication, business continuity and data mobility for virtualized environments. Applications included EMC Avamar, EMC Data Domain, and EMC RecoverPoint. The Vblock System 700 included EMC VPLEX workload mobility and business continuity software, as well as support for new features in EMC Unified Infrastructure Manager, improved VMware integration, and centralized monitoring of multiple Vblock Systems.[44]

In February 2013, VCE announced Vblock 300 and Vblock 700 models with increased performance and data throughput, using upgraded server and storage components.[41]

Specialized systems

VCE introduced a specialized system for SAP HANA in February 2013. It combined a Vblock System with SAP HANA in-memory computing and database application software.[41] Later in September 2013 VCE introduced specialized system for high performance database for Oracle as well as extreme applications for both VMware and Citrix VDI environments.[45]


Desktop virtualization management software that uses VMware View called FastPath was announced in August 2011, and upgraded in June 2012.[46][47]

In February 2013, VCE announced the management software application Vision Intelligent Operations Software.[1] VCE Vision software that enables a single management pane for the components in the Vblock Systems it manages via plugins for third party management, automation, and orchestration tools from VMware, Cisco, BMC, CA, and others via RESTful API, SNMP, and unified logging.[41] [48] [49] [50]