RICHARDSON, Texas, Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- VCE, the leader in converged cloud infrastructure systems, today announced its largest ever introduction of new software and hardware that will help enterprises and service providers modernize and transform their data center environments. Today's announcements represent a new chapter in the evolution of converged infrastructure, introducing open management capabilities for the Vblock™ portfolio, Vblock™ Specialized Systems, and new Vblock™ Systems designed for branch offices and mid-sized data centers. "In three short years, VCE has pioneered and led the transition to converged infrastructure by delivering a unique customer experience. Our approach is driven by a commitment to bring simplicity and speed to data center deployments and operations," said Praveen Akkiraju, CEO of VCE. "VCE's track record of innovation includes engineering best of breed technologies into an integrated, prepackaged system with single vendor seamless support and full system lifecycle assurance - all industry firsts. Today we take the next important steps in defining the next generation data center with the introduction of new VCE developed systems and software that converge data center operations for customers." New elements to the VCE product portfolio include: VCE Vision Intelligent Operations VCE Vision™ Intelligent Operations software enables converged infrastructure management leveraging and preserving investments in existing management frameworks. Developed for the entire Vblock portfolio, the software dynamically informs customer management frameworks about Vblock Systems, creating a 'single-pane-of-glass' experience and delivering a converged operations experience. Through collaborative engineering work with VMware, the software has native integration with VMware's Virtualization and Cloud Management Portfolio. VCE Vision also supports open API-enabled integration into other industry management toolsets, preserving customer investments made in their existing frameworks. Vblock System 200 Vblock System 200 brings the Vblock family to distributed environments and mid-sized data centers, significantly expanding VCE's market reach. Mid-market customers use Vblock System 200 as core infrastructure, bringing the value of converged infrastructure to their enterprise for the first time. Large customers use Vblock System 200 as part of their distributed environment, extending their current Vblock investments across their business. Sold through the VCE partner channel, Vblock System 200 brings speed and flexibility to data center infrastructure through standardization on best-in-class technologies.