VxFlex family helps transforming from a traditional three-tier architecture to a modern data center without any trade-offs, meeting business requirements without compromise. The central software layer for VxFlex family is VxFlex OS, scale-out block storage service that enables customers to create a scale-out Server SAN or hyperconverged infrastructure. The VxFlex family currently include VxFlex Ready Nodes, VxFlex appliance, and VxFlex integrated rack.
Figure 1. VxFlex family
VxFlex integrated rack is a rack-scale engineered system, with integrated networking, that provides linear scalability and enterprise-grade availability. VxFlex integrated rack is engineered, manufactured, managed, supported, and sustained as one system for single end-to-end lifecycle support.
VxFlex integrated systems create a server-based SAN by combining virtualization software, which is known as VxFlex OS, with Dell EMC PowerEdge servers to deliver flexible, scalable performance and capacity on demand. Local storage resources are combined to create a virtual pool of block storage with varying performance tiers. The VxFlex integrated rack enables you to scale from a small environment to enterprise scale with over a thousand nodes. In addition, it provides enterprise grade data protection, multi-tenant capabilities, and add-on enterprise features such as QoS, thin provisioning, and snapshots. VxFlex systems deliver the performance and time-to-value required to meet the demands of the modern enterprise data center.
Figure 2. VxFlex integrated rack benefits
VxFlex appliance is a preconfigured and validated for fast, easy deployment, VxFlex appliance offers a turnkey experience in an economic form factor. With VxFlex appliance, customers benefit from a smaller starting point, with massive scale potential, without having to compromise on performance and resiliency.
VxFlex Ready Nodes combine Dell EMC PowerEdge servers that are powered by Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors and VxFlex OS software to create scalable, reliable, and easy-to-deploy building blocks for hyperconverged or server SAN architecture, multi-hypervisor or bare metal environments, and high-performance databases.
VxFlex OS applies the principles of server virtualization to standard x86 servers with local disks, creating high-performance, sharable pools of block storage. VxFlex OS abstracts the local storage out of each contained within each server, including HDDs, SSDs, and all-flash. VxFlex OS uses three lightweight pieces of software to create, consume, and coordinate the storage layer in VxFlex systems.
VxFlex OS can be deployed in the following ways:
VxFlex OS 3.0 comes with lot of new features around space efficiency, data management, and data integrity. These features make it ideal to host database workloads like SQL on VxFlex integrated rack. Few of the newly added features are listed here.
SQL Server with NVMe results in high performance and low latency which translates into more processing of data and analysis. SQL Server thus benefits in providing higher workload consolidation and achieving greater cost savings.
Intel optane Optane cards also can be used to store SQL Server TempDB files or transaction log files that give excellent random read and write performance at low queue depths. They are particularly used for heavy OLTP workloads.
For complete list of new features of VxFlex OS, see VxFlex OS v3.0 Release Notes.
VxFlex OS management is available using a GUI, CLI, and REST clients. There is a VMware vSphere® plug-in that allows VMware admins to deploy, upgrade, configure, and manage VxFlex OS in an ESXi environment within VMware vSphere.
VxFlex Manager is a unified management and automation solution for the VxFlex integrated rack and the VxFlex appliance that enables template-based provisioning of infrastructure and workloads. It provides monitoring, alerting, and health status of hardware and services. It simplifies and automates lifecycle management of diverse and heterogeneous IT resources. It enables users to respond rapidly and reliably to dynamic business needs.
VxFlex Manager is a comprehensive IT Operations Management (ITOM) software purpose that is built for VxFlex to automate and simplify implementation, expansion, and lifecycle management.
VxFlex Manager brings together multiple management consoles, workflow automation, and an intuitive interface that allows customers to monitor, manage, deploy, and maintain physical and virtual resources with the click of a button. Key tenets of the VxFlex Manager architecture include: