CI and HCI Traction and Updates from Dell Technologies World 2018

GettyImages-507748296In February of this year, Dell EMC announced the VxBlock System 1000 solution as their converged infrastructure (CI) solution to help enterprises speed IT transformation by removing the physical boundaries of traditional CI. And of course there were some updates on the success of that launch and early traction. On the hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) side of things, they made announcements related to VxRail and VxRack. And while these announcements may not be as futuristic and forward-looking as some of the AI and ML topics discussed in my other blog, they’re all part of Dell EMC’s concerted efforts to help modernize enterprise infrastructures to meet enterprise goals of being more operationally efficient while enabling organizations to embrace a hybrid- or multi-cloud approach.

VxRail VMware-validated designs (VVD) 4.2 and VxRack SDDC

The latest iterations of VxRail and VxRack software-defined data center (SDDC)–-Dell EMC’s turnkey appliances and rack-scale systems co-engineered with VMware—can help provide customers at varying levels of IT transformation and cloud maturity with a way to accelerate their paths to the VMware multi-cloud. Dell EMC is doing this by offering several options, which include making the process more powerful and more secure by incorporating additional automation and best practices. As far as specific announcements go:

  • BYO: VMware-validated designs (VVD) on VxRail – For customers who want to build their own software-defined data center (SDDC), they can now use VxRail as a building block, with complete NSX and vRealize capabilities. With VxRail VVD 4.2, customers will be able to deploy, operate, and maintain a VMware-based SDDC, leveraging the latest versions of VMware-validated designs--simplifying operations and driving flexibility.
  • Dell EMC VxRail -- By incorporating additional automation and best practices, and continuing to integrate with VMware vSAN and vSphere software, the new VxRail offers the following:
    • NVMe cache drive options offer low latency to enhance performance.
    • New 25 GbE networking connectivity helps access data and applications faster.
    • NVIDIA P40 GPU accelerators provide better performance for high-end graphics use cases.
    • Xeon scalable processors support up to 1.5TB of RAM per CPU socket for more memory (up to 3TB per node).
    • Support for Dell EMC Networking S4112-ON half-width, 10 and 25 GbE Open Networking switch.
    • Streamlined management via VxRail Manager Events.
  • VxRack SDDC -- VxRack SDDC is Dell EMC’s advanced, turnkey rack-scale HCI solution, now built on VxRail hardware--enabling VxRack to offer more flexible configurations (both 1U and 2U) for easier scalability. In the past, they only offered 1U. The solution leverages the latest version of VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF), which incorporates new cloud management and automation capabilities. From a security perspective, the solution takes advantage of the VMware security components built in to VMware vCenter Configuration
    Manager (VCM) across the stack--giving customers security capabilities in the form of encryption, micro-segmentation, and distributed firewalls. VxRack SDDC also offers hardware alert monitoring, automated call home for failures, and automated dispatch to Dell EMC support for part replacements (drives, power supplies, etc.).

Innovations a plenty in Dell EMC’s VMware CI- and HCI-based solutions. If you’re looking for more info about Dell Technologies World check out my barrage of tweets covering everything about the show - @MikeLeone_IT

Topics: Converged Infrastructure VXRail hyperconverged infastructure Dell Technologies World vxrack