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Apollo Group selects VCE to power Apollo Compute Platform

May 21, 2013

Converged infrastructure underpins next generation cloud based education services

RICHARDSON, Texas, May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — VCE, the leader in converged cloud infrastructure systems, today announced that it has been selected by Apollo Group, one of the world’s largest private education providers, to provide the infrastructure for its next-generation Apollo Compute Platform as part of an initiative to reduce operational costs and enable advanced cloud-based education programs.

The new Vblock Systems-based infrastructure will also support enterprise applications and over 9,000 virtual machines for Apollo Group and its subsidiaries. By consolidating multiple data centers into one–while also creating its own private cloud using the new Vblock Systems architecture–the Apollo Compute Platform will enable the company to seamlessly migrate its enterprise applications from development to production.

“With the Apollo Compute Platform, we saw a tremendous opportunity to consolidate our data centers, while adding scale, performance and flexibility to support critical new business initiatives,” said Michael Sajor, CIO, Apollo Group. “VCE’s fourth generation converged infrastructure and new VCE Vision Intelligent Operations software will dramatically simplify our data center operations, and will help lower overall IT costs. This proven, validated technology platform, coupled with VCE’s track record of success, makes VCE an ideal partner for this critical project.”

The Apollo Compute Platform will comprise six Vblock Systems–three Vblock System 720s and three Vblock System 320s. VCE Vision(TM) Intelligent Operations software will come pre-installed, providing Apollo Group with increased visibility into its advanced infrastructure and converged operations capability.

“Our Vblock Systems will enable Apollo Group to consolidate its data centers, transform operations and bring new cloud-based educational experiences to market more quickly,” said Frank Hauck, President, VCE. “We are thrilled to join forces with Apollo Group to help address the technology skills gap in the U.S., and throughout the world.”

Today’s announcement is part of a broader relationship VCE intends to develop with Apollo Group, in which the two companies plan to work with other leading IT service providers to explore innovative ways to connect learners with skills-based training to close the global IT skills gap.

About VCE
VCE, formed by Cisco and EMC with investments from VMware and Intel, accelerates the adoption of converged infrastructure and cloud-based computing models that dramatically reduce the cost of IT while improving time to market for our customers. VCE, through the Vblock platform, delivers the industry’s first completely integrated IT offering with end-to-end vendor accountability. VCE’s prepackaged solutions are available through an extensive partner network, and cover horizontal applications, vertical industry offerings, and application development environments, allowing customers to focus on business innovation instead of integrating, validating and managing IT infrastructure.

About Apollo Group
Apollo Group, Inc. is one of the world’s largest private education providers and has been in the education business for nearly 40 years. The Company offers innovative and distinctive educational programs and services both online and on-campus at the undergraduate, master and doctoral levels through its subsidiaries: University of Phoenix, Apollo Global, Institute for Professional Development and College for Financial Planning. The Company’s programs and services are provided in the U.S.; Puerto Rico; Latin America; and Europe, as well as online throughout the world. For more information about Apollo Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries, call (800) 990-APOL or visit the Company’s website at www.apollogrp.edu.

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Source: PR Newswire