Dell EMC VxRail

Dell EMC VxRail is a hyper-converged appliance. Like VSPEX™ BLUE, the Dell EMC product that it replaces, and other hyper-converged infrastructure systems, VxRail includes compute, storage, networking and virtualization resources in a single device. Specifically, Dell EMC VxRail includes VMware VSANvSphere and vCenter software running on a commodity white box server.

Dell EMC VxRail features:

  • Devices are preconfigured and tested.
  • Based on Intel Xeon
  • The power of a SAN (storage area network) in two rack units.
  • Centralized management.
  • Suitable for a wide variety of applications and workloads.

All-flash configurations of VxRail may contain 12, 16, 20, 24 or 28 cores per node. The storage capacity options are 7.6 TB, 11.4 TB, 15.2 TB and 19 TB, with either 256 GB or 512 GB of memory. Hybrid appliances may have 6-20 cores per node, 3.6 TB to 10 GB of storage capacity and 64 GB to 256 GB of memory.

Dell EMC VxRail is designed to serve the needs of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environments, remote offices / branch offices (ROBO), private clouds and distributed small and mid-size enterprises

EMC replaces Vspex Blue with VxRail, integrating the new version of VMware’s Virtual SAN software on four-node hyper-converged appliances.


EMC today launched VxRail, a hyper-converged appliance built on the latest version of VMware Virtual SAN software

VxRail consists of VMware VSAN, vSphere and vCenter software running on a commodity white box server packaged by EMC. It will ship on hybrid flash appliances this quarter with VSAN 6.1 software and will be available on all-flash appliances running the new VSAN 6.2 version in the second quarter this year, according to EMC. VSAN 6.2 added inline deduplication and compression.

VxRail will replace the EMC Vspex Blue productlaunched a year ago, and is part of EMC’s VCE converged infrastructure division. VxRail fits into the appliances category of VCE’s blocks, racks and appliances strategy.

VxRail hyper-converged appliances combine storage, compute and virtualization software. Gil Shneorson, EMC’s vice president and GM of VxRail, said the systems are targeted mostly for virtual desktop infrastructure, remote offices, private clouds, and distributed small and medium enterprises.

Shneorson said customers have been waiting for EMC to fully commit to hyper-convergence.

“People say, ‘We want it but we want it to come from you. We don’t want to introduce a new element into the environment. When are you going to do it?'” he said.

A 2U four-node VxRail appliance can hold up to 76 TB and 112 CPU cores in an all-flash configuration and 40 TB and 80 cores in a hybrid appliance. Customers can pick from a menu of options for CPU cores, memory and capacity. For all-flash appliances, the per node core options are 12, 16, 20, 24 and 28, capacity can be 7.6 TB, 11.4 TB, 15.2 TB and 19 TB with either 256 GB or 512 GB of memory. Hybrid configurations run from six to 20 cores per node, 3.6 TB to 10 GB of capacity and 64 GB to 256 GB of memory.

An initial implementation requires four nodes, but customers can add one-node increments after that. The maximum cluster is 16 appliances/64 nodes for 1,280 cores and 384 TB. Each appliance can handle approximately 200 virtual machines.

Starting list price is $60,000 for a hybrid appliance without vSphere licenses. VxRail customers can buy vSphere licenses from EMC or VMware, or apply vSphere licenses they already purchased.

EMC software such as RecoverPoint replication and CloudArray are available for VxRail. RecoverPoint enables replication between VxRail and other EMC storage platforms and CloudArray serves as a gateway to public clouds.

VMware’s VSAN upgrade last week came as the vendor intensifies its competition with Nutanix and other hyper-converged vendors. VxRail launches as Dell proceeds with plans to acquire EMCand its VMware subsidiary for $67 billion. 

Nutanix expanded its platform today around its homegrown Acropolis hypervisor that allows customers to adopt hyper-convergence without a separate hypervisor.

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