The prior section introduced the flexible VxRail hardware architecture based on proven server technology. While the VxRail hardware helps differentiate the VxRail from other HCI solutions, VxRail is a complete system that includes software that enables a software-defined datacenter. These sections on software architecture provide a comprehensive examination of all the VxRail software components and their relationships and co-dependencies.
The VxRail system is architected with software stack for system management, virtualization, and VM management. The stack comes pre-installed and simply requires running a configuration wizard on site to integrate the system into an existing network environment. VxRail HCI System Software is included for system management, operations, and automation. The VMware virtualization and virtual infrastructure management software includes:
Additional Dell EMC software includes:
VxRail provides a unique and tightly integrated architecture for VMware environments. VxRail deeply integrates VMware virtualization software. Specifically, VMware vSAN is integrated at the kernel level and is managed with VMware vSphere, which enables higher performance for the VxRail system as well as automated scaling and wizard-based upgrades.