Technology Alliance Partners represent a variety of independent software vendors (ISVs), independent hardware vendors (IHVs), virtual appliance vendors, and other technology companies whose solutions have been certified as Vblock Ready™ or VMware Ready. VCE chooses technology partners that complement and extend Vblock® Systems solutions for the most pressing customer requirements. VCE recognizes the investments that a partner must make in establishing competency across the Vblock Systems compute, networking, storage, and virtualization technologies. This investment in expertise is the foundation and entry criteria for membership in the Technology Alliance Partner Program. Additional enablement activities like those in the VCE Validation Ready™ and VCE Vision Ready™ program and certifications help partners and their customers cultivate the skills needed to integrate their technologies and solutions with Vblock Systems by utilizing Vblock Systems as the ideal foundation for both private and hybrid cloud implementations.