VCE Coalition and Acadia, Formed from Cisco, EMC, VMware Alliance, Combine Under New Name

The Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) Coalition, sprung some 15 months ago from an alliance of Cisco Systems Inc., EMC Corp. and VMware Inc., and Acadia, the product of those same three companies and Intel Corp., have combined into a single entity renamed VCE, The Virtual Computing Environment Company (VCE).

Officials said that the restructuring and rebranding will help the company conduct business in the converged infrastructure market.

"The IT industry is transforming at a pace that eclipses that of any other time in its history," said Michael D. Capellas, VCE chairman and chief executive.

"As one entity under a single management structure, VCE can scale more rapidly to meet market demand while ensuring that our efforts are tightly aligned with the needs of our customers and partners," he said.

In its original format, the VCE was comprised of Cisco, EMC and VMware employees and focused on technology integration, pre-sales and product support. Acadia, a standalone company, homed in on delivering managed services around the VCE technology.

Under the new structure, the Acadia brand will be put to rest. All product integration and development, pre-sales and support will be housed under the VCE banner and solutions will be delivered as an integrated offering, officials said. A single VCE point of contact will provide customer support.

Officials said that worldwide some 120 partners sell the VCE Vblock Infrastructure platforms, solutions and services. The company said that it has made inroads in verticals such as financial services, health care, IT services, telecommunications and the public sector. Its manufacturing facilities are located in Cork, Ireland and Franklin, MA. Right now, the company said it has about 500 employees with plans in the works to hire more as business expands.

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