Dell EMC expands hybrid cloud platform to HCI

Dell EMC VxRail Appliances
Dell EMC announced that its hybrid cloud platform, Dell EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud (EHC), will be available on Dell EMC VxRail Appliances, its hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI).

Dell EMC EHC on VxRail Appliances allows organizations to start small and grow as their demand for hybrid cloud services expand. Dell EMC EHC on VxRail helps meet customer demands for an HCI-based turnkey hybrid cloud solution.

Since VxRail Appliances launched a year ago, Dell EMC has sold more than 8,000 VxRail nodes — exceeding 65 petabytes of storage and 100,000 cores — to more than 1,000 customers in dozens of industries across 78 countries.

“Adding Dell EMC VxRail Appliances as an infrastructure option for Dell EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud helps us simplify hybrid cloud for smaller enterprises and a broader set of customers,” said Chad Sakac, president, Dell EMC Converged Platforms and Solutions Division.

Dell EMC VxRail Appliance are powered by VMware vSAN and jointly engineered with VMware.

Revenue from Dell Technologies’ HCI portfolio, including VxRail Appliances, VxRack Systems and XC Series, outgrew the total HCI market by more than 2-fold and represents 28 percent of hyper-converged systems sold in the third quarter of 2016.

Research firm 451 Research said that three out of four hyper-converged deployments are in the core data center, and hybrid cloud is the next frontier for HCI.

Dell EMC is delivering EHC as a an integrated engineered solution, enabling an IT organization to deliver value to the business considerably faster than by building their own hybrid cloud infrastructure.

EHC on VxRail Appliances offers customers a turnkey hybrid cloud optimized for deployments ranging from 200 to 1000 virtual machines.

An Evaluator Group study, demonstrates why hybrid cloud is the true end state cloud model. The elastic economics of the public cloud (including Amazon Web Services, Azure, Google Cloud Engine and others) are an excellent fit for workloads that will scale in unknown or transient ways.

Dell EMC customers

The CSI Companies, a US staffing firm, has tapped VxRail Appliances to run core applications to quickly expand business. With VxRail, The CSI Companies simplified IT management and operations while improving performance to offer employees faster access to applications and data and reduce payroll processing time from hours overnight to 15 minutes.

“Since implementing VxRail Appliance, our team has been able to focus less on routine management, and more on delivering desired business value,” said Matt Greaves, director of IT for The CSI Companies.

College of the Ozarks, the Missouri-based liberal arts college, has deployed VxRail Appliances to increase its overall IT system performance and reliability in support of its faculty and students. The college’s IT staff has found that VxRail’s simple management has freed-up time to work on other projects.

“Our Dell EMC VxRail Appliances require much less administrative time and lets us deploy virtual machines much more quickly than our previous, conventional IT infrastructure,” said Frankie Youngblood, Systems and Security Administrator, College of the Ozarks.

proALPHA Business Solutions, a global ERP software vendor, powers its academy cloud platform with Dell EMC VxRail. The new platform is simpler for the team to manage from its headquarters in Germany and enables customers to access its online training programs much faster and easier in order to get more out of their software solutions.

“VxRail has enabled us to transform the way we deliver training to our customers, allowing us to deliver better service to customers at no increased cost to our business,” said Markus Gehm, cloud specialist, ProALPHA Business Solutions.

Bordeaux Metropole’s IT organization faced a challenge as France’s new urban Metropoles model meant that IT departments from 14 major cities merged with their respective smaller surrounding cities in 2015.

The IT organization needed to unify its workforce, operations and infrastructure and make the transition to an effective service provider to meet a 2017 deadline for delivering responsive government services and serving all 750,000 citizens across the Metropole.

“With great success, we turned to Dell EMC and its Enterprise Hybrid Cloud, which has given us the opportunity to harmonize our processes and consolidate 1,000 applications in a flexible and secure environment,” said Jean-Noel Olivier, deputy chief information officer of Bordeaux Metropole.