Dell EMC VxRail 4.5: An Overview

Few weeks ago, I wrote an overview about Dell EMC VxRail and due to increasing organic traffic on my blog about this product, I feel that I should write a bit more on this beautiful product.

VxRail 4.0 was announced in June 2016, and after 11 months of hard work by Dell EMC developed team, they developed an advancement of this product as VxRail 4.5 and announced on 8th May, 2017 in Dell EMC World 2017 Las Vegas.

VxRail is the fully integrated, preconfigured, and pre-tested VMware hyper-converged infrastructure appliance series in the market. Powered by leader in virtualization technology VMware Virtual SAN and vSphere software, VxRail Appliance is the easiest and fastest way to simplify and extend a virtual environment while simplifying IT operations and lowering capital and operational costs. Now with the support of Dell PowerEdge 14th Gen servers, VxRail 4.5 offers highly configurable appliances that meet any use case.

Chad Sakac, president, Converged Platforms and Solutions Division, Dell EMC said, “HCI is the fastest-growing part of the IT infrastructure market because customers want radical infrastructure simplification, and Dell EMC is the fastest-growing vendor in this segment with the strongest HCI portfolio, bar none,” “We’re making the move to HCI even easier for customers with innovative payment solutions that eliminate the burden of upfront costs and long-term commitments, backed by HCI’s ability to easily scale up and down.”

VxRail 4.0

VxRail Appliances feature configure-to-order platforms that deliver data services, resiliency, and QoS, enabling faster, better, and simpler delivery of virtual desktops, business-critical applications, and remote office infrastructure.

VxRail provides a simple, cost effective hyper-converged solution that solves your virtualization infrastructure challenges and supports a wide range of applications and workloads.

ENHANCED DELL EMC HYPER-CONVERGED INFRASTRUCTURE

Dell EMC VxRail Appliances 4.5 delivers several new enterprise features available on Dell EMC PowerEdge 14th generation servers globally available in September, 2017:

  • Enhanced Enterprise Deployment: VxRail Appliance can be deployed in only 20 minutes, which can be scaled out to larger cluster 3 – 64 nodes per cluster.
  • Lower TCO: A 3-node cluster (single processor option) can be purchased as $25K with 480 GB SSD and 6 TB hard disk capacity per node and can be scaled out to max 64 nodes easily. It also includes 12 additional network ports that allows physical network segmentation.
  • VMware vSphere 6.5 and vSAN 6.6Support: New VMware vSphere 6.5 and vSAN 6.6 support is available for VxRail 4.5

Colin Gallagher, Senior Director VxRail Product Marketing at Dell EMC said, “Hyper-converged is hot, with the market growing at over 100 % year over year”. “Between two-thirds and three-quarters of customers are looking to deploy hyper-converged over the next two years. When we launched VxRail last year we were caught by surprise. The demand exceeded our projections threefold, and last year VxRail grew at 2x the market rate.”

Pay as You Grow

The Dell EMC VxRail Appliance allows you to start small – with as few as three nodes – and grow incrementally up to 64 nodes per cluster. Single node scaling and storage capacity expansion provide a predictable, “pay-as-you-grow” approach for future scale up and scale out as your business and user requirements evolve without up-front planning.

Conclusion

VxRail Appliances are fully loaded with integrated Dell EMC mission-critical data services including replication, backup and cloud tiering at no additional charge and are the industry’s only hyper-converged appliance featuring kernel layer integration between VMware Virtual SAN and the vSphere hypervisor, delivering unique and unmatched performance and efficiency. As a fully optimized and supported VMware-based solution, the appliances also integrated with VMware’s cloud management platform and end-user computing solutions.  VxRail is also a platform for introducing advanced SDDC offerings like NSX, vRealize Automation and vRealize Operations.

Dell EMC VxRail Appliances 4.5 are expected for global availability in September 2017, with several features available to existing VxRail Appliances 4.0 such as new VMware vSphere 6.5 and vSAN 6.6 support, 12 additonal network ports for physical network segmentation.

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