VxRail systems are jointly developed by Dell EMC and VMware and are the only fully integrated, preconfigured, and tested HCI system optimized for VMware vSAN technology for software-defined storage. Managed through the ubiquitous VMware vCenter Server interface, VxRail provides a familiar vSphere experience that enables streamlined deployment and the ability to extend the use of existing IT tools and processes.
VxRail systems are fully loaded with integrated, mission-critical data services from Dell EMC and VMware including compression, deduplication, replication, and backup. VxRail delivers resiliency and centralized-management functionality enabling faster, better, and simpler management of consolidated workloads, virtual desktops, business-critical applications, and remote-office infrastructure. As the exclusive hyperconverged infrastructure system from Dell EMC and VMware, VxRail is the easiest and fastest way to stand up a fully virtualized VMware environment.
VxRail is the only HCI system on the market that fully integrates Intel-based Dell EMC PowerEdge Servers with VMware vSphere, and vSAN. VxRail is jointly engineered with VMware and supported as a single product, delivered by Dell EMC. VxRail seamlessly integrates with existing (and optional) VMware eco-system and cloud management solutions, including vRealize, NSX, Horizon, Platinum and any solution that is a part of the vast and robust vSphere ecosystem.
VxRail provides an entry point to the software defined datacenter (SDDC) for most workloads. Customers of all sizes and types can benefit from VxRail, including small- and medium-sized environments, remote and branch offices (ROBO), and edge departments, as well as providing a solid infrastructure foundation for larger datacenters.
Small-shop IT personnel benefit from the simplicity of the system model to expedite the application-deployment process while still taking advantage of data services only typically available in high-end systems.
Larger datacenters benefit by rapid deployment where a complete vSphere environment can be installed and be ready to deploy applications within few hours of the system arriving on site. VxRail allows businesses to start small and scale non-disruptively. Storage is configured to meet appropriate application capacity and performance requirements.
In addition, nodes are available with different compute power, memory, and cache configurations to closely match the requirements of new and expanding use cases. As requirements grow, the system easily scales out and scales up in granular increments. Finally, because the VxRail is jointly engineered, integrated, and tested, organizations can leverage a single source of support and remote services from Dell EMC.
VxRail environments are configured as a cluster consisting of a minimum of two server nodes, with each node containing internal storage drives. VxRail systems are delivered with the software loaded, ready to attach to a customer-provided network. While most environments use 10Gb Ethernet for internal and external communications, 25Gb or 1Gb Ethernet connectivity is also available. Using a simple wizard at the time of install, the system can be configured to match unique site and networking requirements.
VxRail systems enable organizations to start small and scale out as the IT organization transforms and adapts to managing converged infrastructure versus silos. With a rich set of data services, including data protection, tiering to the cloud, and active-active datacenter support, VxRail can be the foundational infrastructure for IT. Best of all, you can simply add new systems into existing clusters (and decommission aging systems) to provide an evergreen HCI environment, never having to worry about costly SAN data migrations ever again. As organizations continue to transform to a cloud model, integration with the VMware vRealize Suite enables full cloud automation and service delivery capabilities.
Dell EMC VxRail systems offer a choice of Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, powered by new Intel® Scalable® processors, variable RAM, and storage capacity, allowing customers to buy what they need now. The VxRail system uses a modular, distributed system architecture that starts with as few as two nodes and scales near linearly up to 64 nodes. Single-node scaling and storage capacity expansion provide a predictable, “pay-as-you-grow” approach for future scale up and out as business and user requirements evolve.
The VxRail software layers use VMware technology for server virtualization and software-defined storage. VxRail nodes are configured as ESXi hosts, and VMs and services communicate using the virtual switches for logical networking. VMware vSAN technology, implemented at the ESXi-kernel level, pools storage resources. This highly efficient SDS layer consumes minimal system resources, making more resources available to support user workloads. The kernel-level integration also dramatically reduces the complexities involved in infrastructure management. vSAN presents a familiar datastore to the nodes in the cluster and Storage Policy Based Management provides the flexibility to easily configure the appropriate level of service for each VM.
VxRail HCI System Software, the VxRail management platform, is a strategic advantage for VxRail and further reduces operational complexity. VxRail HCI System Software provides out-of-the-box automation and orchestration for day 0 to day 2 system-based operational tasks, which reduces the overall IT OpEx required to manage the stack. No build-it-yourself HCI solution provides this level of lifecycle management, automation, and operational simplicity. With VxRail HCI System Software, upgrades are simple and automated with a single-click. You can sit back and relax knowing you are going from one known good state to the next, inclusive of all the managed software and hardware component firmware. No longer do you need to verify hardware compatibility lists, run test and development scenarios, sequence and trial upgrades, and so on. The heavy lifting of sustaining and lifecycle management is already done for you.
Within the VxRail HCI System Software, the VxRail Manager plugin presents a simple integrated dashboard interface on vCenter Server for infrastructure monitoring and automation of lifecycle management tasks such as software upgrades. Since VxRail nodes function as ESXi hosts, vCenter Server is used for VM-related management, automation, monitoring, and security.
VxRail systems are optimized for VMware vSAN software, which is fully integrated in the kernel of vSphere and provides full-featured and cost-effective software-defined storage. vSAN implements an efficient architecture, built directly into hypervisor. This distinguishes vSAN from solutions that typically install a virtual storage appliance (VSA) that runs as a guest VM on each host. Embedding vSAN into the ESXi kernel layer has advantages in performance and memory requirements. It has little impact on CPU utilization (less than 10 percent) and self-balances based on workload and resource availability. It presents storage as a familiar data store construct and works seamlessly with other vSphere features such as VMware vSphere vMotion.
vSphere is a well-established virtualization platforma familiar usable entity in most datacenters. Dell EMC leverages vSphere for ESXi-based virtualization and VM networking in multiple product offerings, and they support a common set of VMware and Dell EMC services. This enables a VxRail implementation to integrate smoothly into VMware-centric datacenters and to operate in concert with Dell EMC converged, hyperconverged, and traditional storage offerings. NSX for SDN can optionally be added to the VxRail solution. NSX for SDN allows all datacenter assets to be maintained using a single administrative platform. Monitoring, upgrading, and diagnostics activities are performed efficiently and reliably.
Additional data services integrated into VxRail include RecoverPoint for VM replication and Dell EMC Remote Secure Services (SRS).
To summarize, VxRail creates IT certainty. It is built on the enterprise-proven VMware hypervisor, optimized for vSAN technology, delivers simplified lifecycle and daily operational management, and supports the dynamic and robust vSphere ecosystem. The system architecture is designed to predictably evolve with the business. The system scales by deploying preloaded systems to effortlessly extend the environment, rather than by building and manually integrating servers.
VxRail, optimized for vSAN and featuring Intel-based Dell EMC PowerEdge Servers, continues to evolve so business can thrive without worrying about the IT infrastructure. VxRail is a fully integrated, preconfigured, and pre-tested VMware hyperconverged infrastructure system family. Based on VMware’s vSphere and optimized for vSAN and Dell EMC software, the VxRail system provides the IT infrastructure foundation for digital transformation that empowers organizations to continuously innovate.