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VMware Tanzu on Dell EMC VxRail Integration Tightens

by Adam Armstrong
Tanzu on Dell EMC VxRail

Piggybacking on the VMware’s announcements today, Dell Technologies announced that it was more tightly integrating VMware Tanzu on Dell EMC VxRail. On top of Tanzu, Dell and VMware are integrating the new vSAN and vSphere releases into VxRail. And Dell is taking advantage of the new VMware Cloud Foundation remote cluster management functionality for VxRail customers in remote locations.

Piggybacking on the VMware’s announcements today, Dell Technologies announced that it was more tightly integrating VMware Tanzu on Dell EMC VxRail. On top of Tanzu, Dell and VMware are integrating the new vSAN and vSphere releases into VxRail. And Dell is taking advantage of the new VMware Cloud Foundation remote cluster management functionality for VxRail customers in remote locations.

Tanzu on Dell EMC VxRail

VMware made a large and dense announcement today that covered most of their portfolio, at least the more popular aspects. Dell is updating its own HCI portfolio to take advantage of all the new features. Dell is also sticking with its 30-day synchronous release commitment. The integrations will benefit customers new and consistent, whether they intend to leverage Tanzu for Kubernetes or not. The company is going as far to say that they are the only vendor offering a fully integrated Tanzu portfolio with reference architecture, cluster, and private cloud offerings with VxRail.

VMware Tanzu on Dell EMC VxRail offers many benefits to organizations that can choose the best infrastructure to fit their organizations operating model and level of Kubernetes expertise. Users can adopt Kubernetes at a fast pace. VxRail offers a validated Platform-as-a-Service or Container-as-a-Service platform with Tanzu Architecture. Other benefits include:

  • Accelerated adoption: Curated VxRail systems come fully integrated and ready to deploy, automated infrastructure deployment and cloud-like resource pooling, elasticity, agility/speed, and programmability accelerate Kubernetes infrastructure delivery so developers can operate at the pace of today’s digital business.
  • Kubernetes your way: Choice of infrastructure delivery options with consistent operations that align to your organization’s operating model. Deploy the optimal infrastructure that meets your Kubernetes readiness journey.
  • Rapid Kubernetes evolution: Lock step support for latest VMware Kubernetes advancements. With VxRail automated full stack lifecycle management and non-disruptive addition of next generation platforms, customers can continuously, confidently and predictably take advantage of evolving Kubernetes technology on fully integrated, automated infrastructure.

Tanzu wasn’t the only announcement VMware made; they also made major updates to both vSAN and vSphere. One particular feature is HCI mesh, a storage efficiency feature that enables storage resource sharing across clusters. This feature would be ideal for customers that have spare capacity on their VxRail clusters. It would allow them to leverage any space capacity not being used. Other benefits of the newly announced vSAN and vSphere upgrades include:

  • vSAN “Compression only” option for demanding workloads that typically cannot take advantage of deduplication.
  • Extended file services with windows file sharing through SMB v2.1 and v3. Both types of file shares are now able to use Kerberos based authentication when using Microsoft Active Directory.
  • New security features include vSAN In-transit Encryption and Secure Disk Wipe.
  • VMware Cloud Foundation also introduced remote cluster management, enabling VxRail customers to extend VMware Cloud Foundation workload domains to remote locations while maintaining consistent operations and integrated full stack lifecycle management across the hybrid cloud to the edge.

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