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EMC, VMWARE Extends Hyper-Converged Environments Unveils VCE VxRail Appliance Family

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EMC Corporation and VMware announce the new VCE VxRail Appliance family.  The new rollout is claimed to be jointly engineered hyper-converged infrastructure appliances (HCIA) for VMware environments.

The new hyper-converged VCE VxRail Appliances extend the hallmark benefits of VCE converged infrastructure – increased agility, simplified operations and lower risk – to small businesses, medium-sized enterprises, and department or regional offices for virtualization and end-user computing use cases.

The VxRail Appliance family brings together the best of EMC and VMware including EMC rich data services and leading systems management capabilities with VMware’s leading hyper-converged software that includes VMware vSphere, vCenter Server and VMware Virtual SAN, the simple, powerful, efficient software defined storage natively integrated with vSphere – all in a single product family with one point of support. Hybrid storage or all-flash VxRail Appliances extend and simplify VMware customer environments and deliver key performance and capacity advantages in a simple, turnkey and easily scalable HCIA.

The VCE VxRail Appliances tightly integrate virtualization, compute, storage and data protection in one system with a single point of support. Organizations can start small, with a couple of virtual machines (VMs), and easily and non-disruptively scale to thousands of VMs with a predictable, “pay-as-you-grow” approach.

VxRail Appliances leverage EMC cloud tiering to seamlessly extend to more than 20 public clouds such as VMware vCloud Air, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and very shortly Virtustream, to more securely expand storage capacity without limits, providing an additional 10TB of on-demand cloud storage per appliance.

EMC and VMware uniquely simplify the infrastructure lifecycle by eliminating constant evaluation cycles and testing with continuous integration of advancements in x86 technologies and implementation of the latest enhancements to VMware vSphere and VMware Virtual SAN delivering leading efficiency with data reduction technologies – deduplication, compression and erasure coding. The net result: IT organizations can focus more on innovation by creating an automated, dynamic infrastructure that adapts to their business demands.

Key features include

  • Delivers a jointly engineered, simple and proven turnkey VCE Appliance Family for use cases including small/midsize data centers and for enterprise departmental and edge environments
  • Incorporates software from EMC/VCE and VMware including VMware’s hyper-converged software
  • Starts small and scales to match a variety of workloads with a range of configurations including all-flash options with 2x more flash than any other hyper-converged infrastructure appliance
  • Seamlessly integrates with existing VMware ecosystem management solutions for streamlined deployment and management in VMware environments
  • Integrated VCE VxRail Manager for deep element management and monitoring along with a full suite of best-of-breed data services from EMC and VMware, including deduplication, compression, replication and backup
  • EMC cloud tiering to public clouds, such as Virtustream, VMware vCloud Air, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure
  • Expands one of the industry’s most comprehensive and complete converged and hyper-converged portfolio, including VCE’s Vblock, VxBlock and VxRack Systems, that uniquely cover every customer, every workload and every scale point with the ability to manage any combination of infrastructure centrally.

“The new VCE VxRail Appliance family puts IT organizations on a path to eliminating complexity and collapsing cost structures with hyper-converged infrastructure while leveraging their existing VMware investments. The VxRail Appliance completes our broad portfolio of Vblock, VxBlock and VxRack Systems to provide customers with a converged infrastructure that meets nearly every workload from the edge to the core regardless of size,” said Rajesh Ramnani, Regional Director at VCE, the Virtual Computing Environment Company

“The new VCE VxRail Appliance family, powered by VMware’s hyper-converged software, will help Indian IT organizations with a solution that is easy to use and help them drive innovation for the business. Our joint engineering efforts with EMC allow us to bring innovations in the software stack and appliances to our customers and offer the best HCI experience,” said BS Nagarajan, Senior Director – Systems Engineering, VMware India. “Our customers are very excited about the immediate value the new VCE VxRail Appliance family offers them,” he added.

VxRail Appliances are available in a broad set of configurations and scale points right from Entry systems for small and medium businesses and remote offices to options for performance intensive workloads have more than 76 TB of flash – over 2X more flash than any other hyper-converged appliance.

Availability

VxRail Appliances are sold by EMC, VCE and their channel partners, and are exclusively orderable. All-flash VxRail Appliances with modern data reduction capabilities will be available in Q2 2016.

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