New EMC VSPEX Solution Transforms Virtualized Microsoft SharePoint Environments

VSPEX Helps Customers Tune SharePoint Storage Performance in 80% Less Time, Shorten SharePoint Provisioning by 4X, and Reduce Backup Storage by 10-30X; EMC Announces Enhanced VSPEX Private Cloud and End User Solutions

Press Highlights

EMC® announced:

  • New EMC VSPEX™ Proven Infrastructure configurations for virtualized SharePoint environments accelerate deployment and adoption.
  • VSPEX is based on best-of-breed storage, virtualization, server and network technology.
  • When used with EMC’s award-winning unified storage and backup and recovery technologies in a virtualized SharePoint environment, VSPEX can help customers tune SharePoint storage performance in 80% less time, shorten SharePoint provisioning by 4X, and reduce time to manage backup by 81%.
  • According to the latest end-user study from IDC¹, more SharePoint was deployed on EMC storage than any other technology vendor.
  • EMC also announced updates for all 14 of the original VSPEX configurations to ensure customers can choose from the latest technology when deploying their VSPEX, as well as an online education and sales enablement center and simplified technical documentation for partners.

My take on this …. VSPEX delivers simplicity, efficiency and lower costs.

EMC VSPEX has quite the momentum behind it…. and for good reason.    Most customers are under budget pressure and many in fact are facing budget cuts.  IT organizations need to look at how to gain greater efficiencies and lower costs – while still figuring out how to address new initiatives.  We all have heard it.. IT is under increasing pressure to ensure investments and resources are focused on adding competitive and business value – not sure traditional maintenance..  Fundamental and “routine” IT tasks like provisioning new infrastructure and applications has to become more efficient, simplified and streamlined.  EMC VSPEX helps customers achieve this objective.

With this latest announcement,   EMC has extended the breadth of the VSPEX offerings to include configurations that are purposes built for particular application environments – in this case Microsoft SharePoint.

VSPEX is exciting to customers because it enables them to confidently consolidate and virtualize SharePoint environments while simplifying management.  With the application aware tools, EMC VSPEX helps customers more rapidly and flexibility provision infrastructure and application services.  VSPEX also helps customers simplify how they address service level agreements (SLAs) – particularly for backup and recovery.   EMC Backup solutions for virtual environments have reduced backup times by 90%, speed recoveries by 30x,-  saving storage and bandwidth resources and helping to accelerate and simplify private cloud virtualization.

At the end of the day, VSPEX helps customers keep IT simple, efficient and affordable… freeing up resources to help drive business value.

Learn more here about VSPEX:

Read the complete press release here:

ESI Extends Support for Microsoft System Center

What can be better than a free tool such as EMC's Storage Integrator (ESI) software? The fact that it continues to get better! Last week, EMC released ESI version 2.1 which includes EMC management packs for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM).

So what is ESI? If you're not familiar with EMC's Storage Integrator software, it is an easy to use wizard based MMC tool that allows you to easily provision EMC storage for a Windows environment.

By answering a few simple questions such as providing a LUN name, selecting a storage pool and choosing a drive letter – ESI will take care of all the tasks associated with creating and mounting the new volume on the EMC array and on the Windows server. What's more, ESI supports creating clustered drives including Cluster Shared Volumes (CSVs) and virtual servers including Hyper-V, VMware vSphere and XenServer.

ESI not only creates new physical and virtual volumes but it also gives a visual representation of the servers and the storage arrays so you can easily see all of the volumes, drives, paths, LUN details and other important information to quickly get details on the storage infrastructure. And if you're into scripting, no problem since all of the tasks covered in ESI are also available in Powershell cmdlets!

The ability to provide storage provisioning and physical or virtual to storage mapping has resulted in positive feedback from our customers but due to the growing popularity of Microsoft System Center, customers were also asking for a way to receive alerts and reporting in System Center Operations Manager.

With version 2.1, customers can now use SCOM to monitor EMC arrays, receive alerts on EMC logical and physical components and get in-depth details on all of these objects to help improve troubleshooting and managing EMC infrastructure in a Microsoft environment.

EMC's System Center Management Packs work with SCOM 2007 SP1 and SCOM 2012 or SCOM 2012 SP1. With EMC's Management Packs you can receive advanced reporting details on physical and logical components, configure alert notifications on EMC arrays and view topology diagrams of the storage infrastructure.

Want to see and learn more?

Be sure to check out the ESI version 2.1 demo and view the ESI for Windows Suite product page including how to download ESI and receive more information!