Key takeaways from EMC's 3Q14 earnings (Part 2 of 9)
Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution launches
In October 2014, EMC (EMC) launched a new hybrid cloud product, Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution. This product offers a package of compute, storage, services, and VMware Inc. (VMW) software that allow customers to move private servers to clouds from Microsoft Corp.’s (MSFT) Azure, Google (GOOG) (GOOGL), and Amazon.com Inc.’s (AMZN) Amazon Web Services (or AWS).
The EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud solution is based on flexible reference architecture, VSPEX and Vblock Converged Infrastructure. It leverages the EMC VNX and EMC VMAX storage platforms. The deployment provides:
- Backup with EMC Avamar/EMC Data Domain
- Continuous availability with EMC VPLEX
- Disaster recovery with EMC RecoverPoint
- Access to public cloud resources with VMware vCloud Air or other company’s cloud service provider partners.
Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution claims to beat available hybrid cloud offerings
EMC’s Hybrid Cloud Solution will only require 28 days for set-up and installation. The company has not disclosed the price, though analysts estimate it will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. The company claims its hybrid product saves the clients in terms of money and cost, as current hybrid cloud solutions take approximately 9 to 12 months of setup and the millions of dollars for purchase and assembly.
In 2015, EMC stated that it would release new versions of the hybrid product package to replace the VMware component with OpenStack, a set of free technologies using software from Cloudscaling, as well as a version that works with Microsoft’s virtualization software.
EMC’s strategic acquisitions diversify its strengths in cloud space
With the acquisition of Maginatics, EMC acquired the company’s file system, which can locate information stored in the cloud while Spanning Cloud Apps Inc. provides data backup and recovery. With the strategic purchase of Cloudscaling Group Inc., EMC intends to make its storage products work better with OpenStack free software tools.
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