The New VxRail
Dell injected new PowerEdge servers and new processors from Intel and AMD inside its hyperconverged infrastructure VxRail line this year, making the HCI system faster than ever before.
Additionally, Dell introduced VxRail dynamic nodes, which are compute-only systems designed to help customers simplify operations, better manage storage resources and reduce costs by supporting more workloads and extending VxRail environments to include external storage options. VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) on VxRail, as a hybrid cloud infrastructure foundation, can be configured with dynamic nodes to use Dell’s PowerStore, PowerMax or Unity XT as primary storage. Customers can scale compute and storage independently to meet workload needs, extending VxRail’s operational model and tight VMware integration.
Dell also released new self-service tools for its VxRail HCI System Software. Customers will be able to validate, orchestrate and automate cluster deployment on their own time, ideal for enterprises with remote or distributed environments. These new software capabilities allow customers to better meet workload demands by dynamically redeploying or reallocating nodes within clusters.
With an eye towards the future, Dell also said this year that VxRail systems will be updated with future VMware technology — such as when new versions or releases of NSX-T and Tanzu are launched — in a single upgrade cycle.