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

The new Neutrino nodes for the VCE VxRack 1000 drastically cut the time needed to deploy IaaS based on OpenStack, and will soon be available for Hadoop and VMware Photon.

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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.

[Related: EMC World: Sources Say EMC Will Target AWS S3 With New Easy Storage Connectivity To Virtustream]

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.

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