EMC runs numerous lab environments around the world to develop and test the company’s new storage solutions. To improve the efficiency of processes and reduce costs, EMC implemented a virtualized cloud environment that all labs share. Built on Cisco UCS* blade servers with the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 v2 family, the cloud environment has helped EMC drive down costs by reducing the number of ...physical systems used for test and development. The cloud has also helped improve agility and accelerate time to market for new solutions by rapidly providing developers, engineers, and programmers the resources they need.
Challenges: • Reduce costs. Minimize the number of physical desktops, servers, and storage arrays used for testing and development. • Enhance agility. Provide the resources test and development users need to create innovative storage solutions and sustain high product quality without requiring them to wait for the deployment of physical infrastructure.
Solution: • Cloud environment with Cisco UCS blade servers powered by Intel Xeon processors. EMC built a cloud environment using Cisco UCS B200 M3 and B420 M3 blade servers equipped with the Intel Xeon processor E5 v2 family. Cisco Virtual Interface Cards* (VICs) and VMware VMDirectPath* technology help connect the lab infrastructure to virtual hosts in the cloud.