Just two months ago Dell EMC and Cisco renewed their converged infrastructure vows, and now the two have taken another step in the alliance. At this year\u2019s at Cisco Live event taking place in San Diego, the two announced plans to expand VxBlock 1000 integration across servers, networking, storage, and data protection.\nThis is done through support of NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF), which allows enterprise SSDs to talk to each other directly through a high-speed fabric. NVMe is an important advance because SATA and PCI Express SSDs could never talk directly to other drives before until NVMe came along.\nTo leverage NVMe-oF to its fullest extent, Dell EMC has unveiled a new integrated Cisco compute (UCS) and storage (MDS) 32G options, extending PowerMax capabilities to deliver NVMe performance across the VxBlock stack.\n\nDell EMC said this will enhance the architecture, high-performance consistency, availability, and scalability of VxBlock and provide its customers with high-performance, end-to-end mission-critical workloads that can deliver microsecond responses.\nThese new compute and storage options will be available to order sometime later this month.\nOther VxBlock news from Dell EMC\nDell EMC also announced it is extending its factory-integrated on-premise integrated protection solutions for VxBlock to hybrid and multi-cloud environments, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS). This update will offer to help protect VMware workloads and data via the company\u2019s Data Domain Virtual Edition and Cloud Disaster Recovery software options. This will be available in July.\nThe company also plans to release VxBlock Central 2.0 software next month. VxBlock Central is designed to help customers simplify CI administration through converged awareness, automation, and analytics.\nNew to version 2.0 is modular licensing that matches workflow automation, advanced analytics, and life-cycle management\/upgrade options to your needs.\nVxBlock Central 2.0 has a variety of license features, including the following:\n\nBase \u2013 Free with purchase of a VxBlock, the base license allows you to manage your system and improve compliance with inventory reporting and alerting.\nWorkflow Automation \u2013 Provision infrastructure on-demand using engineered workflows through vRealize Orchestrator. New workflows available with this package include Cisco UCS server expansion with Unity and XtremIO storage arrays.\nAdvanced Analytics \u2013 View capacity and KPIs to discover deeper actionable insights through vRealize Operations.\nLifecycle Management (new, available later in 2019) \u2013 Apply \u201cguided path\u201d software upgrades to optimize system performance.\n\nLifecycle Management includes a new multi-tenant, cloud-based database based on Cloud IQ that will collect and store the CI component inventory structured by the customer, extending the value and ease of use of the cloud-based analytics monitoring.\nThis feature extends the value and ease of use of the cloud-based analytics monitoring Cloud IQ already provides for individual Dell EMC storage arrays.