Does Dell EMC’s new converged infrastructure offer benefits

Dell EMC VxBlock System 1000
Dell EMC announced the launch of Dell EMC VxBlock System 1000 as part of its strategy to expand its converged infrastructure (CI) system.

Dell is the leader in the global converged infrastructure market ahead of Cisco / NetApp, according to analyst firm IDC.

Dell was the largest supplier in the certified reference systems & integrated infrastructure segment, with $697.2 million in sales and 48.3 percent share in Q3 2017. Cisco / NetApp has generated $485.5 million in sales, representing the second largest share of 33.6 percent.

More simplicity and flexibility to accelerate their IT and digital transformation efforts are the main benefits of Dell EMC VxBlock System 1000 to enterprises. IT staff can reduce their time-consuming administrative tasks and focus on business innovation projects since the new CI is designed to simplify IT infrastructure lifecycle management through pre-validation.

“When customers deploy CI, what they are really looking to do is invest in technology that removes data center cost while, ultimately, improving outcomes,” said Jeff Boudreau, president, Dell EMC Storage Division.

The VxBlock 1000 promises advantages such as lower operating expenses and a five-year return on investment of up to 640 percent.

Eric Sheppard, research director, enterprise storage and converged systems, IDC, said that converged systems like VxBlock 1000 offload the complexity and risk associated with managing enterprise-grade datacenter infrastructure.

VxBlock 1000 offers:

Customers can mix four types of storage arrays — Dell EMC Unity, VMAX, XtremIO, and Isilon — and now can opt for Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers, in addition to Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers, and a range of Dell EMC data protection products.

VxBlock 1000 increases server scalability by 56 percent from 512 to 800 servers and now supports up to ten storage arrays.

It offers data center efficiency by pooling resources to maximize system use, preventing stranded capacity and increasing return on investment while reducing rack space by up to 60 percent.

In addition to offering fewer components to manage and support daily, the VxBlock 1000 can reduce overall system lifecycle administration time for multi-technologies by up to 75 percent.

“Deploying Dell EMC VxBlock at the University of Vermont Health Network’s infrastructure has helped build a seamless workflow with centralized management across our converged platform,” John Grieco, chief technology officer, The University of Vermont Health  Network.

“This has simplified our overall IT support and allowed us to enable better provider and patient outcomes while breaking new ground in the field of health. With the Dell EMC VxBlock 1000, we now have the ability to mix and match technologies for greater flexibility to optimize our data center technologies,” John Grieco said.

“With the flexibility and scale of the Dell EMC VxBlock System 1000, customers can continue to leverage the benefits of our latest data center innovations using Cisco UCS and Nexus 9000 to accelerate data center modernization,” David Kloempken, director, Data Center Solutions, Cisco, said.

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