Three years ago I was not a very big fan of EMC. We at VMware worked very hard to show the world that we were not under EMC’s thumb. In many respects, this meant pursuing projects with EMC’s competitors before engaging EMC. EMC was partly to blame for this. EMC’s best argument to win the VMware footprint was based on a claim of majority ownership. That pointless claim offends VMware employees and does not translate into value in VMware environments.
But things started changing a couple years ago. Through the heroic efforts of Chad Sakac, EMC stopped acting like it deserved the business of VMware’s customers and more like it had to earn that business. I noticed this in the way we partnered at multiple EMC Worlds and VMworlds. I started to hear EMC’s name mentioned when we were prototyping features and products like VAAI, SRM, and SIOC. EMC employees started treating us more like partners than indentured servants. And then EMC started releasing products that were making the lives of VMware’s customers easier.
Along this vein, I just watched Rick Scherer’s webcast on EMC’s integrations with VMware. Watching that recorded demo put a wide smile on my face. Wow, EMC, you have come a long way.
The recording is replete with forehead-smacking obvious improvements that VMware’s customers are going to love. I snapped a few screenshots from the presentation and inserted them below with my comments. But if you want to see how much more easily your VMware environment can be managed with EMC you have to check out the full presentation.
Rick touched on the problem that VMware’s customers have been suffering through and I have been writing about for years: poor interlock between storage administrators and VI administrators. The VSI and Unisphere are major advancements in the fight to eliminate this problem. If you are an EMC customer, you should download the free VSI right away. And if you would like to have a vSpecialist help you with it just let me know. Anywhere in the world we have a vSpecialist near you.
Lastly, in addition to Rick’s great presentation, I will remind you of the great VMware/EMC integration demo released by an Indian vSpecialist named Shuja Mirza. Shuja’s video, which highlights Unisphere and the VSI, is embedded below. For more information on Shuja’s work and for a high resolution version of the video, see my previous post on the Shuja’s presentation.