EMC World: VCE VxRack Gets New Nodes To Ease OpenStack Deployment

EMC Tuesday unveiled a new node for its VCE VxRack System 1000 hyper-converged infrastructure platform that the company says provides customers with an engineered solution for quickly deploying Infrastructure-as-a-Service capabilities.

The new Neutrino nodes allow for the deployment of an enterprise-grade, cloud-native IaaS in a few days, said Jeremy Burton, president of enterprise products and marketing for EMC, Hopkinton, Mass.

The VCE VxRack System 1000 is an engineered hyper-converged rack-scale system tying compute, storage and networking resources with integrated management.

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Burton told members of the IT press and analyst community at EMC World, held this week in Las Vegas, that the VCE VxRack System 1000 allows customers to choose from a variety of nodes designed for specific applications, including a Flex node leveraging the EMC ScaleIO software-defined software application and a software-defined data center node including VMware vSphere Enterprise, VMware Virtual SAN, VMware NSX, vCenter Server and components of VMware vRealize Suite.

The new Neutrino nodes provide quick deployment of cloud-native IaaS services, Burton said. The first is OpenStack. "They allow you to run a full OpenStack distribution that we will be distributing," he said.

There will also be Neutrino nodes for the VMware Photon lightweight Linux operating system for cloud-native applications and for Hadoop big data management, Burton said. The different services can be run side-by-side in the nodes, he said.

The hardware for the Neutrino nodes is a 2U commodity appliance with four nodes configured with a flexible mix of flash and hard disk capacity. A VCE employee told CRN that a new appliance featuring a single node but much more storage capacity will ship in the third quarter for applications requiring the higher capacity.

World Wide Technology already has a customer list of between 10 and 20 companies for the VxRack, said Brent Collins, global practice manager for data center infrastructures for the St. Louis-based solution provider and EMC channel partner. "There's a clear use case for it for anything that does not require data services," Collins told CRN.