What’s new with Dell EMC hyper-converged infrastructure?

Dell EMC said business customers will gain more from the updated Dell EMC hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) portfolio.

“We’re making the move to HCI even easier for customers with innovative payment solutions that eliminate the burden of upfront costs and long-term commitments, backed by HCI’s ability to easily scale up and down,” said Chad Sakac, president, Converged Platforms and Solutions Division, Dell EMC.

Worldwide hyper-converged system market revenue surpassed $2.2 billion (+110 percent) in 2016, according to IDC. Dell Technologies was the fastest growing hyper-converged system market vendor, growing revenue 206 percent in Q4 2016, thanks to demand for Dell EMC VxRail Appliances, VxRack Systems and the XC Series.

According to IDC, sequential revenue growth from VxRail Appliances was four times higher than the entire HCI market during the fourth quarter of 2016, demonstrating more than 70 percent quarter over quarter growth.

Dell EMC VxRail Appliances 4.5 delivers several new enterprise features available on Dell EMC PowerEdge 14th generation servers in the coming months:

The VxRail Appliance deployment experience, which is optimized to deploy a single appliance in only 20 minutes, now can be applied to larger cluster sizes, allowing customers to add and manage 10 or more appliances as easily as a single appliance.

New single processor options, priced at $25,000 for a three-node cluster, reduce the cost of deploying processor-based licensed software for scaling up to 64 nodes. New network options, including up to 12 additional ports, allow VxRail Appliances to be deployed in environments requiring physical network segmentation of workloads.

New VMware vSphere 6.5 and VMware vSAN 6.6 support adds optimized data service algorithms to accelerate flash performance, software-defined data-at-rest encryption to protect against unwanted access to data, and enhanced protection for stretched clusters.

Customers deploying VxRail Appliances now can leverage a centralized Dell EMC Secure Remote Services (ESRS) gateway to provide a single point of secure, two-way remote support for their entire Dell EMC infrastructure.