VxRail is jointly developed by Dell EMC and VMware and is the only fully integrated, preconfigured, and tested HCI appliance that is powered by VMware Virtual SAN (vSAN). VxRail is managed through the vCenter Server interface. It provides a familiar vSphere experience and enables streamlined deployment and the ability to extend the use of existing IT tools and processes.
VxRail appliances are managed using VxRail HCI System software for hardware and appliance maintenance tasks as well as software life cycle management. VxRail HCI System Software incorporates Secure Remote Services (SRS) and other serviceability capabilities. VxRail appliances are discoverable and visible in Dell EMC Vision™ Intelligent Operations.
Note: For day-to-day VM management, you manage the VMware stack on the VxRail appliance directly through vCenter server.
The VxRail software bundle is preloaded and licensed onto hardware and consists of the following components (specific software versions not shown):
Also preloaded is VMware vSphere®; however, licenses are required and can be purchased through Dell EMC, VMware, or your preferred VMware reseller partner.
The VxRail clusters also include licenses for software that can be downloaded, installed, and configured: