Bull and VMware have just signed a new agreement, under the terms of which Bull becomes a VMware Enterprise VAC (VMware Authorized Consultant) partner.
Bull is only the fourth of VMware’s partners worldwide to have achieved Enterprise VAC (eVAC) status: a recognition of its capacity to provide the best technical expertise across the full range of VMware solutions and the best consulting services dedicated to server virtualization and consolidation operations.
“We are very keen to drive forward these kinds of environmentally responsible solutions in Europe, that contribute to Data Center optimization and energy consumption reduction,” explained Edgar Snoijink, General Manager, Bull Infrastructure and Support Services. “Thanks to our specialist consulting teams and our partnerships, most notably the one with VMware which has just been extended, we are very well placed to help our customers in their virtualization projects, where the challenges are not purely technical, but also financial, organizational and human.”
Hervé Clément, VAC Program Director at VMware, added: “We are very proud to have Bull as an eVAC partner for the whole EMEA* zone. The company’s teams have already proven their high level of expertise on virtualization project for strategic customers. Bull is a partner that makes a significant contribution to enhancing methodologies and best practices when it comes to implementing our solutions.”
Bull benefits from direct links with VMware when it comes to defining new services, the use of specific tools for auditing or migrbulldirect hardware assets, or providing health checks for virtualized environments. The company’s VMware Certified Professional (VCP) accredited consultants, who are trained in the very latest VMware developments, have exclusive access to VMware support and resources.
In 2006, Bull and VMware signed a VIP Enterprise Reseller partnership agreement to market the full range of VMware products for the Bull NovaScale Universal range of servers, and more specifically its VMBox solutions, which integrate in one rack, servers, storage subsystems, and VMware software. The VMBox solutions, integrated and validated by Bull, are immediately operational.
These solutions enable businesses to rationalize, consolidate and virtualize their IT infrastructure – from workstations to x86 servers – with advanced functions such as VMotion (hot-swapping of virtual machines between servers), DRS (Dynamic Resource Scheduler) and HA (High Availability). The Site Recovery Manager solution also enables Disaster Recovery Plans for virtualized infrastructures to be defined, tested and managed.
* EMEA: Europe, Middle-East and Africa
Established: 1998; acquired by EMC in 2004
Headquarters: Palo Alto, California, USA
2007 revenues: $1.33 billion
Employees: +7,000, of whom over 40% work in R&D
Business activity: World’s number one in virtualization software
Operations in over 40 countries
Customers: over 120,000 worldwide, including 100% of Fortune 100 companies, and 96% of Fortune 500 companies