VxRail consists of server nodes that are designed and engineered for VxRail. The VxRail physical node is a PowerEdge server that goes through VxRail product engineering specifications to produce a VxRail node ready for shipment. The set of components that are manufactured into VxRail nodes is based on the purchase order. The set of VxRail nodes is delivered ready for data center installation and connectivity into the data center network infrastructure.
Once the data center installation and network connectivity are complete, and the equipment is powered on, the VxRail management interface is used to perform the initialization process, which forms a VxRail cluster.
A VxRail cluster starts with a minimum of two nodes and can scale to a maximum of 64 nodes. The selection of the VxRail nodes to form a cluster is primarily driven by planned business use cases, and factors such as performance, capacity, and network connectivity.
The naming standards for VxRail models are structured to target specific objectives
- E Series: Balanced compute and storage.
- V Series: Virtual desktop enablement with support for GPUs.
- P Series: High performance.
- S Series: Dense storage.
Newer VxRail new models use a naming standard that is more closely aligned with PowerEdge naming standards. This new naming standard now uses a two-character prefix instead of a single character, and consolidates three target objectives from the previous standard under a single model series.
- VE-Series: Balance compute and storage requirements.
- VP-Series: Support multiple business objectives, including high performance, storage density, and GPUs
- VD-Series: Ruggedized, short-depth, sled-based models for space optimization
Each VxRail model series offers choices for network connectivity. Every VxRail node includes support for base connectivity through onboard Ethernet ports. Network expansion is supported on VxRail nodes using available PCIe slots for Ethernet adapter cards. The number and type of PCIe slots that can be used for networking purposes depends on the model that is selected and the hardware configuration ordered.
The VxRail VD-Series support sleds of 1U in size and 2U in size, and both sled options are supported in either a rackable chassis or stackable chassis. Only the 2U sleds support network expansion outside of the onboard Ethernet ports through PCIe slots.