Given the economic uncertainty and current macro economic conditions in the GCC, it is now more important than ever that enterprises deliver IT services with less complexity and minimal planning for less money.
Earlier this week, EMC proudly introduced the hyper-converged VCE VxRail Appliance Family. A partnership between VMware and EMC, the VCE VxRail is a first of its kind purpose built Software-defined data center solution, new hyper-converged infrastructure appliance that will enable organizations to create IT certainty by eliminating complexity and collapsing cost. This new offering creates certainty with a repeatable, simple, and agile means to add performance and scale, thereby transforming the data center.
The Converged Platforms Division of EMC, VCE today owns 40 per cent market share and continues to report strong double-digit growth. Enterprises in Saudi Arabia continue to pave the way for IT driven business transformation in a bid to enable competitive differentiation through enhanced business agility, performance driven operations and increased efficiency.
Enterprises in the GCC are heavily focusing on driving performance and operational efficiency, while cutting back on costs and complexity in the existing IT environment. The VxRail Appliance allows ICT leaders to make better use of limited budgets by leveraging a dynamic, modular, pay as you grow approach that natively integrates compute, storage and virtualization to radically simplify IT infrastructure.
The heightened integration and automation then means that ICT leaders can stop making continuous IT decisions and instead focus on business needs and innovation. IDC analysts report that companies spend roughly 70 per cent of their annual IT budgets on maintaining and keeping existing infrastructure running, a cost that is in excess of $2.5 trillion globally.
“I can already appreciate the cost and time-saving benefits we could gain by deploying a condensed, self-contained, standard 2U hyper-converged rack using best of breed storage and compute technology. For trackside, the savings in freight charges alone would be approximately $200,000 per season, and the simplified set-up of the VxRail means we could be up and running much quicker at every race, offering a significantly improved user experience,” Antony Smith, IS Infrastructure Manager, Renault Sport Formula One Team.
The VxRail is an integrated appliance that comes ready to use, every component is synchronized with the other. The system is automated and quickly responds to changes in the environment, saving time and effort that IT professionals would otherwise spend on constant evaluation, monitoring and maintenance of the infrastructure. The system removes complexity from the IT lifecycle complexity, making it simple to acquire, deploy, and manage IT infrastructure and workloads
Most importantly, the solution is geared for IT operations and cost efficiency by spending less time on hardware life cycle management, and save costs by consolidating legacy infrastructure and automating maintenance tasks.
We believe that the emphasis will continue to remain on driving new efficiencies while empowering IT’s role as a business enabler, in this scenario, technologies such as converged infrastructure and Software Defined Data Center solutions, that can enable new IT-As-A-Service capabilities will only continue to be essential to the overarching business strategy. According to the IDC Worldwide Hyper-converged Systems 2015-2019 Forecast, the global market for hyper-converged infrastructure is expected to grow to $4B by 2019 reporting a CAGR in excess of 60 per cent.
VxRail Appliances are sold by EMC, VCE and their channel partners, and are orderable today. All-flash VxRail Appliances with modern data reduction capabilities will be available in Q2 2016.