ROUND ROCK, TX: Dell broadens its hyper-converged infrastructure portfolio by adding new offerings and solutions. The company added VCE VxRail appliances and VxRack systems, flexible VMware Virtual SAN Ready Nodes and next generation Dell XC Series hyper-converged appliances to help customers boost and simplify IT deployment and management to reach their target goals.
Hyper-converged infrastructures that include full-featured storage, compute and networking functions into a single appliance mostly for virtualized environments are continuing to grow. According to IDC, a research and analyst company, the worldwide hyper-converged systems market is expected to reach $3.9B in revenue by growing at nearly 60 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) through 2019.
Dell’s hyper-converged portfolio includes the reselling of hyper-converged offerings from VCE, the Converged Platforms Division of EMC. The new portfolio includes:
VCE VxRail Appliance Family
These hyper-converged infrastructure appliances are engineered together with VMware and are fully integrated, preconfigured, and pre-tested for VMware environments. The VxRail appliances include EMC data services and management capabilities with VMware’s hyper-converged software in a single product family. These appliances are available in various configurations for small to mid-sized deployments.
VCE VxRack Node and VxRack System 1000 FLEX
The VxRack systems enables customers to move from physical Storage Area Networks (SANs) to hyper-converged engineered systems with the ability to scale up to thousands of nodes with multiple hypervisor support. The VxRack Node is a software-defined storage building block with EMC ScaleIO software, enabling quick deployment and flexible scalability.
Dell Reference Architecture for EMC Converged Infrastructure
The Dell Reference Architecture for EMC Converged Infrastructure provides customers flexibility in deploying a rack-scale architecture using Dell PowerEdge servers.
Dell VMware Virtual SAN Ready Nodes
Customers can build their VMware-based hyper-converged solutions with Virtual SAN Ready Nodes from Dell. These building blocks are ready-to-order, validated configurations that can be factory integrated with Dell PowerEdge servers and VMware hyper-converged software. It provides a wide range of configurations to meet the demands of diverse workloads.
Dell XC Series of Hyper-Converged Appliances
Dell XC Series appliances are Nutanix-powered hyper-converged infrastructure solutions incorporating the latest Intel Xeon Processor E5-2600 v4 Broadwell Product Family. The XC Series also now have certified integration with the SAP NetWeaver technology platform running on Linux.
Dell Hybrid Cloud Platform for VMware adds Virtual SAN
Dell Active System Manager’s integration with VMware vCenter, vRealize and Virtual SAN creates a full-featured and highly optimized private and hybrid cloud platform with end-to-end automation capabilities from private to public cloud. New VMware Virtual SAN support provides prescriptive guidance for building clouds using hyper-converged software with a system that connects VMware vRealize directly to a physical infrastructure.
"Dell’s hyper-converged infrastructure approach is consistent with our overall philosophy, which focuses on enabling customer outcomes versus pushing a one-size-fits-all agenda," says Marius Haas, chief commercial officer and president, Enterprise Solutions, Dell. "Our hyper-converged portfolio spans a broad range of the most trusted and differentiated purpose-built appliances, integrated systems, factory installed solutions and flexible reference architectures, allowing Dell to offer systems that can be deployed and scale in minutes or help customers flexibly build their own systems with existing IT. This expansion, added to our Blueprint program, enables Dell to offer customers prescriptive choices to meet their own particular demands and, ultimately, best support their desired business outcomes."