Tuesday, 05 May 2015 09:22

VCE VxRack fills gap between converged blocks and appliances

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The new VCE VxRack hyper-converged systems scale from dozens to thousands of servers with tens of petabytes of storage.

VCE's new VxRack hyper-converged systems are aimed at enterprises and service providers planning the deployment of next generation scale out mobile, cloud and distributed Tier 2 applications.

VxRack fits between Vblock and the company's converged appliances. It is initially offered as compute-intensive or storage-intensive nodes, and the minimum configuration occupies a quarter of a rack.

Multiple VxRacks can be connected using Vscale technology.

VxRack can be loaded with different software stacks for different purposes. The first offering allows a choice of hypervisor including Vmware, but around August a second configuration will be offered specifically for VMware environments and will include a fully integrated VMware stack based on VMware’s EVO:RACK technology and VMware Virtual SAN.

“Over the past five years, customers have trusted VCE to enable them to rapidly deploy data center scale converged infrastructure so they can focus on delivering next-generation IT services to their businesses," said VCE CEO Praveen Akkiraju.

"This customer trust combined with our deep experience delivering simplified, operationally efficient solutions positions VCE perfectly to redefine the hyper-converged segment with the scale out VxRack engineered systems.

"The VxRack systems are purpose built to enable enterprises and service providers to support existing Tier 2 and emerging born in the cloud applications with massive scale capability and cost optimisation.”

Akkiraju stressed that VCE would continue to invest in Vblock. VCE positions VxRack as being complementary to the Vblock and VxBlock platforms for tier 1 applications, and EMC’s VSPEX Blue appliance for departmental applications and SMEs.

Dimension Data chief product officer of cloud solutions Shelley Perry said "Since the VxRack is completely modular, it really allows us to enter at a lower price point, or a smaller footprint, and easily scale up over time to build our solutions with improved OPEX for our clients.

"Additionally, since the Dimension Data Cloud is application driven, the VCE VxRack System and the Vscale Architecture enables our clients to move important workloads and core systems improving time to value for business transformation."

VxRack deliveries will begin in the third quarter.

Disclosure: The writer attended EMC World 2015 in Las Vegas as a guest of the company.

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