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Updated: Nov 10, 2016 14:41 IST

New Delhi [India], Nov 10 (ANI-BusinessWireIndia): Dell EMC announced at the recently concluded Dell EMC World 2016 in Austin that it has expanded its leading converged systems portfolio by integrating its industry-leading[i] PowerEdge servers into VxRail Appliances and VxRack System 1000 hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) to address new use cases. By owning both the compute and storage layers of the hyper-converged stack and having a unique co-engineering relationship with VMware, Dell EMC can deliver even more customer value by innovating faster. Dell EMC's world-class supply chain provides quality, flexibility and speed of delivery and can offer new price points that allow more customers to enjoy the benefits of HCI. Now customers can partner with a single vendor for end-to-end HCI with comprehensive service and support offerings that provide a path to assisting business growth and investment protection to modernize their data center.

"Dell EMC owning both the compute and storage portions of the hyper-converged stack is a game-changer for the HCI portfolio," said Terri McClure, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. "It allows the company to deliver more value choices for customers via investment protection, faster innovation, supply chain advantages and savings it can pass on. The fast integration of PowerEdge servers into VxRail Appliances and VxRack Systems is a major example of the synergy of the acquisition and the benefits of the companies coming together - more value, more choice and maintained investment protection for customers."

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.

India Market for Hyper-converged infrastructure

Hyper-converged infrastructure is promising to dramatically shift the way infrastructure is procured, deployed and managed. It is one of the most rapidly-growing methods for deploying IT in the data center, as IT departments seek ways to adjust to their new role in business and new responsibilities entrusted on them. This market is growing at 60% YoY, as per analysts expected to touch USD 4Bn+ by 2020. Gartner expects it to go to a $5 billion market by 2019, becoming the category leader by revenue in pre-integrated full-stack infrastructure products.

Key attributes of this technology which makes it most suitable for quick adoption in India is price-performance balance and host of features around ease of manageability.

New VxRack System Based on PowerEdge Servers

VxRack System 1000, the only rack-scale hyper-converged system with integrated top-of-rack Spine-Leaf networking and SDN options, is the perfect choice for core data centers that require both enterprise-grade resiliency and the ability to start small and scale easily. Now based on PowerEdge R630 and R730xd servers, these VxRack Systems offer more capacity and 40% more CPU performance without increasing footprint or cost. With more than 20 new configurations, customers have the flexibility to add as needed compute-heavy, storage-heavy or balanced configurations (in both all-flash and hybrid models) as needed to match their workload requirements.

The benefits of the VxRack System all-flash configurations include:

Better all-flash economics that offer 2.5x more usable flash capacity for a similar price versus previous generations

Application acceleration with SanDisk DAS Cache speeds storage I/O operations while reducing latency, resulting in improved performance of I/O-intensive applications such as Microsoft SQL OLTP

Configuration flexibility enables customers to scale linearly as their workloads require by incrementally adding high-density, storage-heavy or compute-heavy node configurations

Regardless of use case or where an organization is on its journey to the cloud, Dell EMC offers a broad and ever-expanding portfolio of appliances (VxRail or XC Series), rack-scale engineered systems, validated systems, reference architectures and solutions that are optimized for both traditional and cloud-native workloads running in data center core or edge locations.

Dell Financial Services (DFS) has a full range of flexible payment options to support customers wherever they are in their journey to the cloud. Whether a customer is seeking to balance OpEx versus CapEx or determine the right mix of off-premises versus on-premises solutions, DFS has solutions - from traditional leases to the new portfolio of OpenScale flexible consumption solutions - to match the full range of consumption use cases of Dell EMC customers.

Customer Quote:

Todd Sharp, Senior Network Engineer, Topgolf

"Topgolf's 'Technology Innovation' team supports the gaming, point-of-sale and kitchen apps at each of our more than 30 Topgolf venues. High availability is critical to our revenue generation and great guest experiences. That's why we feel we can rest easy with the reliability and performance we get with the three-node Dell EMC VxRail hyper-converged infrastructure appliance. It will keep us operating no matter what."

Partner Quote:

John Fanelli, vice president of Products, NVIDIA

"Within any organization, high-performance users need to be productive and work quickly without compromise. NVIDIA Tesla GPUs with NVIDIA GRID software and the Dell PowerEdge R730 server let people work on demanding, graphics-intensive applications and projects from any location on a variety of devices."

Dell EMC Executive Quote:

Chad Sakac, President, the Converged Platforms and Solutions Division of Dell EMC

"As the clear market leader in converged infrastructure and the HCI domain being the fastest-growing segment driven by customers modernizing their data centers, Dell EMC is maniacally focused on continuing to expand our HCI portfolio to address more uses cases for customers of all sizes. With our industry-leading PowerEdge Servers in VxRail Appliances and VxRack Systems, customers gain tremendous functionality and better economics to leverage HCI for workloads whether they live on the edge or the core of the data center."

Rajesh Ramnani, Regional Director at VCE

"Industries today are facing significant disruption. To ahead of the curve and to survive the competition it is becoming imperative for modern IT organization to take advantage of all the latest technology advances. To assist the customers better Dell EMC offers quality, flexible and cost efficient hyper-converged solutions that will address their business critical needs and help them drive innovation for the business."

Dell EMC's world-class supply chain provides quality, flexibility and speed of delivery and can offer new price points that allow more customers to enjoy the benefits of HCI. Now customers can partner with a single vendor for end-to-end HCI with comprehensive service and support offerings that provide a path to assisting business growth and investment protection to modernize their data center. (ANI-BusinessWireIndia)

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