Dell EMC — at the VMworld 2017 organized by VMware — announced advancements across its hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) and hybrid cloud platforms.
Dell EMC VxRail Appliances powered by VMware vSAN will be available in September 2017 with the latest version software, VxRail 4.5. This release offers simple automation and lifecycle management for the latest VMware technologies – vSphere 6.5 update 1 and vSAN 6.6 update 1.
“Dell EMC leads the converged infrastructure market by listening to customers and offering the best and broadest portfolio of solutions to help support their IT transformations at any stage of readiness,” said Chad Sakac, president, Dell EMC Converged Platforms and Solutions Division.
The automated VxRail Appliance deployment experience, optimized for a single appliance, can be applied to multi-node expansions.
VxRail Appliances offer support for REST-based APIs to deliver lifecycle management software upgrades to an entire VxRail cluster at once.
Advanced security includes vSAN Encryption, the industry’s first native HCI security solution with data-at-rest encryption built into vSAN 6.6.
Dell EMC VxRack SDDC is now powered by the latest VMware technologies, including VMware Cloud Foundation, making it up to 80 percent more efficient at scale, providing more resources for applications with a single management cluster for the entire system.
Forty new Dell EMC PowerEdge-based configurations include expanded CPU and all-flash storage options including higher capacity 3.84 TB drives.
Dell EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud (EHC) and Dell EMC Native Hybrid Cloud(NHC) offer a simple path to a hybrid cloud operating model with full lifecycle management and one contact support to reduce customers’ operational risk while speeding cloud adoption.
For the first quarter of 2017, IDC research shows that HCI is by far the fastest growing converged systems segment, accounting for 25 percent of the overall converged systems market revenue with a growth rate of 64.7 percent year over year. IDC predicts the quickly growing HCI solutions market will surpass $7.6 billion by 2021.
With HCI offerings, such as VxRail Appliances and VxRack Systems, increasingly being used for core data center applications, they have become solid foundations for turnkey, hybrid cloud platforms such as Dell EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud and Native Hybrid Cloud.
As organizations continue to benefit from a combination of on-premises and public cloud resources, a recent IDC CloudView Survey finds that the vast majority – 79.7 percent – of large organizations (with 1,000 or more employees) report they already have a hybrid cloud strategy in place.
Dell EMC VxRack SDDC, powered by VMware Cloud Foundation, will be available by end of September 2017.
Eric Sheppard, research director at IDC, said: “HCI is the fastest-growing part of the converged infrastructure market, proven to support mission-critical capabilities for the core data center and as a foundation for the on-premises part of hybrid cloud.”
The next generation of Dell EMC’s purpose-built All-Flash array, which supports 40 percent more VDI users per X-Brick at up to 30 percent lower $/desktop. XtremIO X2 is designed to provide streamlined automation and modernization while simplifying management and monitoring for IT departments with VMware infrastructures.
Meanwhile, Dell EMC data protection offers application support, along with automation, and integration with VMware vSphere, to streamline and manage backup and recovery operations.
“With these new announcements – protection of critical workloads on VMware and workloads in VMware Cloud on Amazon Web Services – we are helping our customers ensure their business won’t be stopped,” said Beth Phalen, president, Data Protection, Dell EMC.