Dell EMC expands converged infrastructure portfolio

New Dell EMC VxBlock System 10001 simplifies lifecycle assurance across mixed technologies in a single system

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Dell EMC expands converged infrastructure portfolio Next generation converged infrastructure system adds to traditional CI advantages such as lower operating expenses and a five-year return on investment of up to 640%.
By  David Ndichu Published  February 19, 2018

Dell EMC’s latest foray into the converged infrastructure (CI) space is the VxBlock System 1000, which the company says offers a substantially broader choice of storage arrays, data protection and compute than its previous-generation VxBlock Systems.

The next generation VxBlock System 1000 all-in-one, multiple-technology design simplifies IT infrastructure lifecycle management through extensive pre-validation, the company adds. This enables IT staff to be freed from time-consuming administrative tasks, so they can focus on higher-value projects.

A customer deploying a CI system is looking to invest in technology that minimises data centre cost while, ultimately, improving outcomes, Jeff Boudreau, president, Dell EMC storage division noted. “Our role is to deliver CI innovation that has the right mix and capacity of IT resources and data services that evolving applications require, but with pooled resources, so the data centre is more efficient even as workload requirements change. We offer this with a focus on reducing administrative burden for IT teams under constant pressure to deliver more with less.”

Next generation CI system adds to traditional CI advantages such as lower operating expenses and a five-year return on investment of up to 640%. Compared to previous generation, Dell EMC VxBlock Systems, the VxBlock 1000 offers several benefits:

- Customers can mix four types of storage arrays – Dell EMC Unity, VMAX, XtremIO, and Isilon – and now can opt for Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers, in addition to Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers, and a broad range of Dell EMC data protection products all in one system. Compared to previous generations, the VxBlock 1000 increases server scalability by 56 percent (from 512 to 800 servers) and now supports up to ten storage arrays.

- With pooling of diverse resources in a single system, customers can allocate and re-allocate pooled compute, storage and data protection resources to specific applications, as business and workload requirements change, instead of having to work across and manage multiple disparate systems.

- VxBlock 1000’s native support for mixed technologies offers improved simplicity for physical infrastructure, infrastructure administration and lifecycle management by reducing data centre footprint (fewer cabinets, LAN and SAN switches, power supplies and system management hardware and software). In addition to offering fewer components to manage and support daily, the VxBlock 1000 can reduce overall system lifecycle administration time for multi-technologies by up to 75%.

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