by Adam Armstrong

Dell Aims To Deliver The Broadest Hyper-converged Infrastructure Portfolio In The Industry

Dell Inc. has announced that it is expanded its hyper-converged infrastructure portfolio that it claims is the industry’s broadest. This newly expanded portfolio is aimed at helping customers accelerate and simplify IT deployment and management while also helping them to make their infrastructure future-ready. The new additions include VCE VxRail appliances, VxRack systems to flexible VMware Virtual SAN Ready Nodes, and next generation Dell XC Series hyper-converged appliances

Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) has been gaining momentum over the last couple of years. More and more companies are seeing benefits in combining compute, storage, and networking in a single solution be it faster time-to-value or a more streamlined IT. In fact, the worldwide hyper-converged systems market is expected to grow at a nearly 60% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) through 2019, reaching more than $3.9 billion in sales, according to IDC. With Dell’s expanded HCI portfolio they will be able to address most customer needs regardless of size or specific goals. Being future-ready customers will be able to rest a bit easier knowing that they won’t have to do any large upgrades in the next few years.

Dell has entered a reseller agreement with VCE and EMC and will now be offering the following platforms:

  • 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 rich data services and leading systems management capabilities with VMware’s leading 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 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 transformational way 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.

Dell has expanded its hyper-converged infrastructure with the following 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 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.


VCE VxRail appliances, VCE VxRack Node, Dell VMware Virtual SAN Ready Nodes (customer build), VCE VxRack System 1000 FLEX, and the latest Dell XC Series appliances are available now. Dell Reference Architecture for EMC Converged Infrastructure, VMware Virtual SAN support with Dell Hybrid Cloud Platform for VMware, and Dell VMware Virtual SAN Ready Nodes (factory installed) are expected to be available in the second quarter of 2016. 

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