VxBlock

   9 months ago
#VxBlockWhat's Next in ConvergedJoin Wikibon, Dell EMC & VMware for an online announcement & interactive chat about new VxBlock System software integrated with the VMware vRealize Suite, providing converged infrastructure users with an accelerated path to IaaS & agile cloud operations.
Stuart Miniman
Wikibon initially predicted that converged infrastructure would take > 2/3 of the market. It is $Bs today, but well short of our prediction. CI and HCI are still growing strong.
Tim Crawford
There is a difference between theoretical and reality. Unfortunately, many are not putting enough emphasis on the significance of inertia.
Rob Bergin
Gartner recently wrote that by 2020 only 20% of business-critical applications currently deployed on three-tier IT infrastructure will transition to hyperconverged infrastructure. Do you agree?
Rodrigo Gazzaneo
@rbergin I agree use cases for #HCI are expanding faster than #CI but still not able to cover some particular needs. Thus both have value.
Nigel Moulton
@rbergin I also agree. There are monolithic, mission critical apps which will still require the data services etc currently best served by #CI #VxBlock
Anurag Agrawal
@rbergin Forget business-critical applications. A clear path forward is the biggest inhibitor - Disruption, Resources to evaluate, Implementation costs and still uknown benefits
Tim Crawford
There is a lot of academic conversation in this thread. Interesting, but need to infuse the reasons that cause friction.
Keith Townsend #CTODose
Seems like the middle "Build your own" is still a stronger option. HCI doesn't scale the way customers want and CI is too big.
Keith Townsend #CTODose
We can't overlook the cost associated with operational changes for both. In the large enterprise, integrating a CI or HCI product can cause more overhead vs. reducing overhead. There's also the sunk cost of legacy operations.
Keith Townsend #CTODose
If you aren't "all in" then it's just another system to manage.
Stuart Miniman
@CTOAdvisor CI is much more flexible today than the past. And #HCI sure does scale. Haven't seen customers that go CI/HCI and turn back to build your own.
Robert Novak
I used to worry about the overuse of the "disrupt" concept... brings to mind a 2 year old on the floor at Christmas dinner. I'd rather see innovation than disruption, since the former still has meaning.
Keith Townsend #CTODose
The challenge is adoption not retention once it's adopted. Changing MSP contracts for example is a big change to adopt HCI.
Nigel Moulton
@ctoadvisor and it's a case of "and" rather than "or". #CI and #HCI sit well together in datacenters
Rodrigo Gazzaneo
@gallifreyan I think #CI and #HCI are foundation for innovation because they can reduce FTE on ops that can be directed on true innovation, and eventually disruption
Anurag Agrawal
While most are focused on and targeting enterprise customers, it is the midmarket that is quietly and aggressively adopting CI/HCI. They do not have the burden of legacy and they need to scale real fast, keeping costs and manageability under control.
Bob Wambach
agree with you that once customers adopt CI/HCI they don't go back to build your own. I think the market has been held back a bit by customers not organizationally optimizing for CI/HCI so many are not realizing the full benefits. that is changing for the better now.
Keith Townsend #CTODose
My challenge with CI and HCI is that they both "can" reduce operational cost and effort. Most large enterprises aren't positioned to adopt CI and HCI across their entire DC. Both just become 2 more platforms to manage.
Tim Crawford
This is a key point Keith and to my point about the difference between potential and reality. If we were to dig into the reasons why and work toward addressing those, we would see adoption rates increase.
Rodrigo Gazzaneo
it's true that many orgs buy #CI and #HCI but don't transform ops (embrace automation) and orgs (break the silos) to maximize impact
Keith Townsend #CTODose
@tcrawford Agreed Tim. CI and HCI are logical next steps for DC design and operations. It's removing the barriers to retiring legacy operations and systems. How many data migrations never complete due to some random barrier?
Stuart Miniman
please explain - maybe I'm missing something, but if I take away some of the things like patching and turning knobs, IT is free to do other things. What are orgs not ready for?
Tim Crawford
The issue for many lies in the switching costs. It is not trivial moving from traditional silo/ stacks to CI/HCI for existing applications.
Rodrigo Gazzaneo
@stu those that don't want to change... survival is optional...
Keith Townsend #CTODose
@stu If you are in a MSP contract that bills based on metrics around patching, provisioning activities etc then CI throws a challenge. There's little financial incentive to adopt either tech if there's no operational cost relief or gained agility.
Tim Crawford
Let us not forget that much of the friction preventing adoption has nothing to do with technology.
Keith Townsend #CTODose
You really have to get procurement, contracts (MSP and Customer), and IT all involved in a true operational transformation.
Tim Crawford
Even the process to switch (training, depreciation models, architecture, resource priorities, etc) will create significant friction.
Trey Layton
If you exclusively measure the cost of IT based on “cost of acquisition” and don’t consider “cost of operation” you miss the largest part of costs. VxBlock 1000 enforces standards that transform the cost of operation by any measure. Let VxBlock 1000 melt your snowflakes
Tim Crawford
The reality is: It is never a comparison of infrastructure TCO of traditional stacks versus #CI/ #HCI.
Tim Crawford
@treylayton just modeling cost of acquisition and cost of operations doesn't truly show the differences.
Trey Layton
The macro point is that there is more money to save in operations than there is in purchase costs. You directly affect operations by deploying repeatable integration standards that are deployed and sustained across a global customer footprint.
Keith Townsend #CTODose
@treylayton If you can realize those savings. The realization of those savings isn't simple in a large enterprise which is where the VxBlock is positioned.
Trey Layton
96% less downtime, 55% faster application deployment, 36% reduction in IT infrastructure costs, 5 times more applications developed/delivered per year are stats that we have been delivering for our customers for years, reported by them to IDC
Peter Burris
How do you think CI will affect IT costs? http://www.via-cc.at...

Keith Townsend #CTODose
It depends... Again, it has the potential to reduce cost if coupled with change in MSP contracts and overall DC processes. It could just be fast time to value which has value alone. It's a big range.
Mark Geel
great IDC paper that gets into benefits, costs, etc. http://www.dellemc.c...
Dave Vellante
vendor R&D allows IT to eliminate undifferentiated labor and shift resources - rarely do people fire staff
Eric Slack
Obviously, it reduces design and deployment costs
Mike Leone
The savings is on the Opex side and once understood and calculated out, it's eye popping - think management savings and productivity increases.
Jonathan Siegal
IDC has interviewed customers who on average see 61% lower cost of operations. But frankly, what VxBlock customers talk about more than anything: game-changing business impact -- faster time to market with critical projects/apps, more agility, more predictable
Eric Sheppard
@MikeLeone_IT Agreed, impact is mostly (not entirely) within OPEX. Short-term CAPEX investments drive long-term OPEX savings.
Todd Brannon
@jon_siegal predictability is key; nobody likes surprises
Keith Townsend #CTODose
I'd argue if your primary focus for CI is cost reduction, you may be looking at the wrong thing. It should be a byproduct.
Mark Geel
and the VxBlock 1000 takes it a step further https://www.emc.com/...
Matthew Kimball
@jon_siegal Completely agree. It's a change that allows to IT to be more responsive to business needs. The increased efficiencies leads to hard to quantify ROI, but its there, and its real.
Peter Burris
We know CI can improve productivity of the operations staff. Does this announcement go further and what other business benefits does it have. http://www.via-cc.at...

Stuart Miniman
CI was thought of as large and rather inflexible - Dell EMC has the broadest offering in CI and now under a single solution rather than individual.
Keith Townsend #CTODose
I don't believe this announcement solves the core challenge. Great technology improvements over previous generations. The core challenge is process focused. I'd would have liked to see the announcement teamed with best practices from management consulting firms.
Jonathan Siegal
Yes! #Vxblock 1000 simplifies operations even further -- speeds ability to figure out what needs to upgraded and when by 80%
Rodrigo Gazzaneo
#VxBlock1000 increases ops efficiency at scale with a single platform for hundreds of compute nodes and multiple storage systems. Enforces standardization further.
Keith Townsend #CTODose
When I follow up with DellEMC customers, the conversation goes something like, "Great technology. Innovative. But... I haven't been able to change my operations." It has very little to do with the technology. Until DellEMC helps solve that problem...
David Hayward
Lab evaluations by the ESG analyst group indicate that previous generation VxBlocks upgrade process are 6X faster than traditional infrastructure. The new VxBlock consolidates even more technology into a single CI system than previous VxBlocks to further simplify upgrades.
David Hayward
This analysis of the process to sustain (upgrade/patch) the VxBlock 1000 by the ESG analyst group does address an important process improvement for IT Operations:https://www.emc.com/...