BlogDell EMC VxRail HCI Appliance Brings Solid Benefits to the Data Center

Hyperconverged Infrastructure – Organizational Benefits and Industry Performers

Hyperconverged infrastructure, or unified computing, is helping organizations modernize their data center technology by eliminating siloed architectures and consolidating resources. By pooling server, storage, networking, and software into a family of shared resources, converged infrastructures deliver some compelling organizational benefits that are helping to drive its adoption and success.

The benefits of hyperconverged infrastructure are numerous, and include:

  • Consistent and common management platform. Without the siloes currently found in most data center technologies and platforms, hyperconverged infrastructures help you streamline your IT staff and train them more effectively.
  • A clear and more efficient path to 100Gbs. Performance upgrades are easier to implement with the common protocols and fabrics inherent in a hyperconverged infrastructure.
  • Improved data center scalability and flexibility. Hyperconverged infrastructures deliver the scalability and flexibility that help you meet internal needs for other on-demand services or private cloud computing solutions.
  • Faster resource provisioning. With hyperconverged systems, application deployment is easier and faster, helping you meet internal client needs without affecting service level agreements (SLAs).
  • Lower total cost of ownership (TCO). Improved automation means that cumbersome manual processes are eliminated, reducing the number of required man hours and driving down TCO.
  • Better organizational agility. All of these benefits ultimately deliver a nimbler organization that can react to market demands quickly, creating a competitive advantage.

The Dell EMC VxRail Appliance delivers all of these benefits that an HCI landscape promises as a platform, and more. In fact, VxRail is the only HCI appliance currently available that fully integrates Intel-based Dell EMC PowerEdge Servers with VMware vSphere, and vSAN. It seamlessly integrates with VMware cloud management solutions, including vRealize, NSX, Horizon, and any other VMware ecosystem offerings.

Five additional benefits that VxRail provides according to Dell EMC:

  1. Ability to extend and simplify the VMware environment since VxRail is fully integrated, preconfigured, and tested. This helps lower cost and risk versus building your own system.
  2. ISO certified manufacturing for integrating all componentry, which helps deliver faster time-to-value.
  3. One, simple way to manage the health and life-cycle of all HCI components, which delivers on the value proposition of making it easier to deploy, scale, upgrade, secure, and monitor.
  4. Pre-tested and pre-certified conde upgrades for all componentry, which means less downtime – an imperative in today’s data centers.
  5. Security, security, security. VxRail is designed to defend the data center against today’s evolving cyber-attacks. A dynamic virtual environment such as VxRail stands to benefit from the inherent flexibility provided by Software Defined Networking (SDN). The simplest way to provide SDN on VxRail is with VMware NSX-V, or NSX for vSphere, which has some great built-in security features.

The HCI offering from Dell EMC provides a simplistic, agile, and scalable solution designed with next-generation technologies. You can check out Dell EMC’s hyperconverged solution at their website or download the IDG analyst report here.

About the Author

Dustin Smith

Dustin Smith, Chief Technologist

Throughout his twenty-five year career, Dustin Smith has specialized in designing enterprise architectural solutions. As the Chief Technologist at ASG, Dustin uses his advanced understanding of cloud compute models to help customers develop and align their cloud strategies with their business objectives. His master-level engineering knowledge spans storage, systems, and networking.