AUSTIN: Dell EMC has expanded its converged systems portfolio by integrating the firm's PowerEdge servers into VxRail hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) with the latest Intel Broadwell platforms.
The news was unveiled by Dell EMC president David Goulden during the Dell EMC World conference in Austin, Texas on Wednesday.
Owning the compute and storage layers of the hyper-converged stack, and having a co-engineering relationship with VMware, means that Dell EMC can now deliver even more customer value by innovating faster, according to Goulden.
“We think the way the world is going when we look forward in terms of how people employ infrastructure is converged,” he said.
“When you look at the market data, converged is the fastest growing segment of the infrastructure industry and we’ve been investing in a portfolio of offerings.”
Goulden claimed that Dell pioneered the convergence industry in 2009 with VBlock, a combination of Dell storage with Cisco networking servers running VMware.
“We are number one in converged but also in servers and in flash storage. This is really important because when there’s an architectural shift, we are well positioned. This architectural shift is happening right now with the move from converged to hyper-converged,” he said.
Goulden explained that there are three factors influencing this shift. First is the availability of super high-performance CPUs to run the applications and storage controllers on the same system.
Second is the availability of dense high-performance flash storage that can be directly connected to the server. Third is the availability of high-speed Ethernet connectivity to enable these systems to scale out by connecting together.
“These are all important technologies that drive the shift towards hyper-convergence,” he said, adding that Dell has built systems by starting small and going big.
“The real secret sauce in making these systems work is the software-defined storage based on all the nodes in a cluster appearing as if they are one system," Goulden explained.
"The good news here is that we are also a market leader in software-defined storage. But if you’re building this new class of system there are a couple of other pieces of software we are number one in as well: virtualisation and data protection.
“The great news is that we’ve taken all this leading technology and wrapped it into a new single hybrid converged system called VxRail.”
The idea behind the announcement is that Dell EMC customers can now partner with a single vendor for end-to-end HCI with a more comprehensive service, as well as supporting offerings that provide a path to assisting business growth and investment protection to modernise a data centre.
VxRail’s entry level system are powered by Dell PowerEdge servers and can run about 200 virtual machines. As Goulden stated: “Many of you could probably run all your business on one of these.”
This entry level system is powered by Intel’s Broadwell platform and has 108 cores, 4.5TB of RAM and 9TB of flash storage available for under $50,000.
The systems feature 40 per cent more CPU performance for the same price, increased flexibility and scalability with more configurations than before, all-flash nodes equipped with two times more storage, and a new three-node entry point that is 25 per cent less expensive, according to Dell EMC.
The company will offer new configurations of VxRail Appliances with VMware Horizon for customers looking to accelerate time-to-value of an enterprise-class client virtualisation solution.
These solutions are optimised for client virtualisation in order to provide “simplified deployment and management of virtual workspaces”.
Dell EMC VxRail Appliances integrated with PowerEdge servers will be available in Q4 this year in most major markets, and generally available worldwide in 2017.
VxRail Appliances based on PowerEdge servers with VMware Horizon for client virtualisation will be available in December 2016.
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