Dell boosts hyper-converged portfolio

Broad portfolio offers customers a single source for most of their hyper-converged infrastructure needs

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Dell boosts hyper-converged portfolio Haas says the expansion enables Dell to offer customers prescriptive choices to meet their own particular demands.
By  David Ndichu Published  April 11, 2016

Dell has announced expansions to its hyper-converged infrastructure portfolio.

New additions, from VCE VxRail appliances and VxRack systems to VMware Virtual SAN Ready Nodes and next generation Dell XC Series hyper-converged appliances, help Dell offer a wide range of hyper-converged solutions from reference architectures to purpose-built engineered solutions.

Hyper-converged infrastructures, which combine full-featured storage, compute and networking functions into a single solution or appliance, typically for virtualised environments, continue to gain momentum as organisations reap the benefits of faster time-to-value and more efficient operations from flexible, scalable, streamlined IT. According to research and analyst firm IDC, the worldwide hyper-converged systems market is expected to grow at a nearly 60 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) through 2019, reaching more than $3.9 billion in sales.

“As businesses become more data-driven and workloads become increasingly diverse, we are seeing a strong increase in demand for hyper-converged solutions and expect the market to generate nearly $4 billion by 2019,” said, Matt Eastwood, senior vice president of IDC's Enterprise Infrastructure and Datacentre Group. “Today we are seeing customers wanting a variety of entry points for hyper-converged infrastructure. Dell was early in this market, has strong growth, and has the right vision and broad approach for how this category of infrastructure continues to transform.”

“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,” said 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.”

Starting today, new additions to Dell’s hyper-converged portfolio include the resale of hyper-converged offerings from VCE, the Converged Platforms Division of EMC, now available from Dell:

- VCE VxRail Appliance Family – These are the only hyper-converged infrastructure appliances jointly engineered with VMware and are fully integrated, preconfigured, and pre-tested for VMware environments. Combining EMC data services and systems management capabilities with VMware’s hyper-converged software in a single product family, VCE VxRail Appliances are available in a broad set of configurations for small to mid-sized deployments, starting with a list price of $60,000 (US) and scaling to match a variety of workloads with a range of configurations including all-flash options.

- VCE VxRack Node and VxRack System 1000 FLEX– VCE VxRack Systems represent a newway for 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. The VxRack System 1000 FLEX is a rack-scale, hyper-converged infrastructure offering that delivers high performance compute, software-defined storage and networking.

- Dell also announced the Dell Reference Architecture for EMC Converged Infrastructure that provides customers flexibility in deploying a rack-scale architecture using Dell PowerEdge servers.

Other new additions to Dell’s broadened hyper-converged infrastructure demonstrate the range of offerings from flexible building blocks to appliances and full stack solutions:

- Dell VMware Virtual SAN Ready Nodes – Customers can innovate faster and reduce project risk by building 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. A wide range of configurations meet the demands of diverse workloads.

- Dell XC Series of Hyper-Converged Appliances– Dell XC Series appliances are now the industry’s first Nutanix-powered hyper-converged infrastructure solutions to incorporate the latest Intel Xeon Processor E5-2600 v4 Broadwell Product Family. This provides faster performance to the portfolio of fully configurable 1U and 2U appliances, helping to speed customer access to data and applications in highly scalable deployments for use cases ranging from VDI to private cloud. The XC Series also now has certified integration with the SAP NetWeaver technology platform running on Linux.

- Dell Hybrid Cloud Platform for VMware adds Virtual SAN – This reference architecture integrates the best of Dell and VMware technology. Dell Active System Manager’s integration with VMware vCenter, vRealize and Virtual SAN creates a full-featured and highly optimised 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.

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