Magirus continues innovation in the SME data centre market with launch of EMC VNX range of vBundles

Following the launch of EMC's VNX and VNXe unified storage portfolios in January, Magirus, the European IT solutions provider, has launched a new range of its vBundle unified data centre offers exploiting the technology. Aimed at the Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SMEs) data centre market, the vBundles comprise a series of leading computing, network, storage and data management technologies from VMware, Cisco and EMC, all integrated and pre-configured for resellers.

Available immediately, Magirus has integrated three variations of the VNX/VNXe-based vBundles at its European Technology Logistics Centre in Strasbourg, France. The VNX/VNXe-based vBundles allow resellers to extend a data centre capability built upon proven VMware and Cisco technologies with EMC's new unified storage developed specifically for the SME market. The new EMC VNX unified storage portfolio consolidates the capabilities of CLARiiON and Celerra systems into one set of powerful arrays.

The VNX-based vBundles open up new revenue opportunities for resellers with best of breed, integrated data centre technologies that reduce the time and cost of pre-sales activity. Also, they provide resellers and their customers with an easy entry point for data centre and cloud-based computing and benefits that previously were only affordable to larger enterprises. These benefits include reduced operational expenditure through simplified management and increased energy efficiency.

Denise Bryant, UK managing director at Magirus said, "We have taken our channel enablement approach another step further, acting as a single point of contact across multiple vendors and technologies coupled with our integration expertise. The end result is a complete SME data centre offering with the latest benefits of EMC's VNX/VNXe unified storage." Bryant added, "These vBundles are competitively-priced and also allow resellers to save pre-sales resource as Magirus has already integrated the virtualisation, compute and storage elements."

The scope of every vBundle configuration can be complemented by further bespoke software and hardware components from the whole Magirus portfolio.

The VNX-based vBundles comprise three different variations with a base of: Cisco C200 rack mount or Nexus 5000 servers; VMware vSphere virtualisation platform; and Magirus integration services for tailored assembly and configuration.
The entry level VNXe 3100 vBundle features the EMC VNXe 3100 unified storage platform, two Cisco UCS C200 servers and vSphere 4.1 Essentials Plus. It is designed for smaller businesses with up to 25 virtual machines

The mid-range VNX 3300 vBundle uses the EMC VNX3300 unified storage platform, three Cisco UCS C200 servers and the VMware vSphere mid-size acceleration pack. It  is suitable for environments with: up to 50 virtual machines; and supports up to 120 SAS (Serial Attached Storage)/NLSAS (Near Line Serial Attached Storage) drives

The large VNX 5300 vBundle uses the EMC VNX5300 unified storage platform with IP connectivity or FcoE, four Cisco UCS C200 servers and the VMware vSphere enterprise plus acceleration pack. It is suitable for up to 100 virtual machines. It includes enhanced storage management, providing more flexible storage provisioning for better performance and is the entry point for utilising SSD (Solid State Disks). Also, there is the option to provide FCoE (Fibre Channel over Ethernet) connectivity for Block Level Storage.

Brett Edgecombe, managing director at 101 Data Solutions, a Magirus reseller, commented, "This is a compelling data centre offer with which we can provide a greater choice for our customers.

"With EMC's VNX portfolio integrated into the vBundle, the technological advance makes the unified storage three times simpler, more efficient and faster to manage than the previous systems." He continued, "Magirus is constantly evolving flexible data centre solutions based on tried and tested technology that gives our customers the confidence to migrate to private cloud implementations and reap the benefits that were previously only available to larger organisations."

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