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Dell EMC VxRail 4.0 Appliance – Hyper-converged “data-center-in-a-box”
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Dell EMC VxRail 4.0 Appliance – Hyper-converged “data-center-in-a-box”

by Patrick KennedyOctober 19, 2016

At Dell World 2016 in Austin, TX Dell EMC announced new VxRail 4.0 appliances based on Dell PowerEdge servers. The Dell PowerEdge based servers also have a new 3-node configuration that starts at $45,000 or under $1300/ month for 36 months. Dell is delivering a lower cost “datacenter-in-a-box” solution that can fit in 3U and handle “up to 200 VMs”. The Dell EMC VxRail solution is targeted at VMware shops and is one prong of the Dell EMC hyper-converged strategy the company presented at Dell EMC World 2016.

Dell EMC VxRail

Dell EMC VxRail

Here is an excerpt from the press release.

New VxRail Appliances Based on PowerEdge Servers

The VxRail Appliance Family, the industry’s only HCI appliances specifically developed and fully optimized for VMware environments, now have configurations powered by the latest Intel Broadwell Platforms, VMware vSphere and VMware VSAN technologies and based on PowerEdge servers. These feature 40% more CPU performance for the same price, increased flexibility and scalability with more configurations than before, all-flash nodes equipped with 2x more storage and a new 3-node entry point that is 25% less expensive. New addressable workloads include:

  • Storage heavy workloads including Big Data Analytics and Microsoft Exchange can take advantage of VxRail Appliances based on the PowerEdge R730xd platform that has highly dense storage nodes coupled with the latest Intel processors to provide high-performance processing.
  • Graphics-heavy client virtualization workloads that require increasing levels of performance found in the latest operating systems including Microsoft Windows 10, as well as productivity applications and graphics-intensive CAD/CAM, research and development applications. Everyone from knowledge workers and mobile professionals to designers and engineers will benefit from VxRail with the PowerEdge R730 platform including GPU acceleration from NVIDIA and AMD, with dual configurations of the NVIDIA Tesla M60 with NVIDIA Grid Software.
  • Remote Office/Branch Office environments can leverage the low-end 3-node entry option across the family with a starting price of under $45,000 (USD) allowing customers to cost-effectively deploy hyper-converged infrastructure to simplify IT management at multiple remote sites.

For customers seeking to accelerate time-to-value of an enterprise-class client virtualization solution, Dell EMC will offer new configurations of VxRail Appliances with VMware Horizon. The solutions are specifically optimized for client virtualization in order to provide simplified deployment and management of virtual workspaces. The solution, validated by Dell EMC with support from VMware and NVIDIA, offers flexibility and high performance to accommodate a variety of needs and decreases time-to-delivery of the solution from weeks to days.

You can also check out the VMware article here.

About The Author
Patrick Kennedy
Patrick has been running ServeTheHome since 2009 and covers a wide variety of home and small business IT topics. For his day job, Patrick is a management consultant focused in the technology industry and has worked with numerous large hardware and storage vendors in the Silicon Valley. The goal of STH is simply to help users find some information about basic server building blocks. If you have any helpful information please feel free to post on the forums.

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