San Jose, CA and Hopkinton, MA - February 20, 2013 - Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) and EMC (NYSE:EMC) today announced that demand for their VCE™ joint venture’s products and services has surpassed the $1 billion dollar annual run rate milestone* — heralding VCE as one of the fastest-growing companies in IT industry history — and that VCE has shipped its 1,000th Vblock™ converged infrastructure system in slightly over three years since the company’s inception. These milestones come as VCE prepares for the largest product launch in its history, which will be broadcast live tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. PST / 11:00 a.m. EST.
Formed in November 2009 by Cisco and EMC, with investments from VMware and Intel, VCE pioneered a new segment of the market with the innovative VCE Vblock pre-integrated converged infrastructure — the industry's first completely integrated IT offering with end-to-end vendor accountability.
VCE is the only company to engineer, manufacture, deliver and fully support its converged infrastructure offering with end-to-end multi-vendor visibility, enabling the leading time-to-market and one of the lowest total cost-of-ownership (TCO) for converged cloud infrastructure. The Vblock converged infrastructure is designed to standardize processes and product life cycle management to significantly improve application availability and help enable VCE's seamless support experience.
John Chambers, Chairman and CEO, Cisco
“VCE is the outstanding result of the long-standing and successful partnership between EMC and Cisco. VCE continues to lead the converged infrastructure market and is one of the fastest growing companies in the history of IT. By allowing companies to focus on business innovation instead of technology integration, VCE represents the future of IT. Together with EMC, we intend to lead this industry for years to come.”
Joe Tucci, Chairman and CEO, EMC
“Three years ago, Cisco and EMC announced that we would change the course of IT, and we did. VCE is ushering in a new era of IT transformation. Dynamic, agile IT drives dynamic, agile business and VCE has enabled companies of all sizes to realize game-changing benefits with converged infrastructure. This is just the beginning of what we will achieve in our joint venture with Cisco through our shared vision, continued investments, and the strength of and commitment to our partnership.”
Praveen Akkiraju, CEO, VCE
"In any major industry transition, technology innovation powers business productivity advances. The transformational improvements VCE brings to our customers by simplifying IT deployments and operations has earned their trust and loyalty, and in turn, fueled VCE's rapid growth. Our deep experience accelerating customer data center modernization efforts positions us well to drive the next wave of innovation in converged infrastructure and converged data center operations."
Stephen Rayda, Chief Technology Officer, Purdue Pharma, LP
“The cloud is built differently today – more dynamic, with virtualized resources that enable us to conduct business in a more agile manner. Today, our infrastructure can be operated from anywhere, but that wasn't the case in the past and underscores the fundamental changes taking place in the data center evolution. VCE gets this shift and makes implementing core infrastructure more simple and pre-packaged.”
Bryan Martin, Chairman and CEO, 8x8
“Vblock Systems represent the platinum standard for tier-one business applications and provide businesses with the confidence to entrust mission-critical applications to the cloud.”
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