Dell EMC VxRail is the foundation for the Dell Technologies Cloud Platform. Dell Technologies Cloud is a set of cloud infrastructure solutions, combining the power of VMware and Dell EMC infrastructure that is designed to make hybrid cloud environments simpler to deploy and manage.
Dell EMC VxRail is the foundation to deliver on the unified Dell Technologies Cloud Platform promise. Together, Dell EMC and VMware deliver consistent operations and a consistent infrastructure experience wherever the customer workloads may reside, from the core, to the edge, and to the cloud. VxRail’s simplicity, scalability, and performance, along with its ongoing rapid pace of innovation, makes it a catalyst to accelerate IT transformation across the entire organization, with the added value of a robust ecosystem portfolio of products and services as part of Dell Technologies Cloud.
VxRail delivers the fastest and simplest path to achieving IT outcomes, from modernizing data center at the core with new platforms and faster network connectivity, to automated and accelerated hybrid cloud deployment with VMware Cloud Foundation on VxRail.
The Dell EMC VxRail turnkey experience starts with full stack integration of software and hardware together, for a consistent, deeply integrated VMware environment. VxRail goes even further to deliver even more highly differentiated features and benefits based on the VxRail HCI system software, which automates deployment, delivers complete lifecycle management, and facilitates key upstream and downstream integration points that create a truly better together experience with VxRail as the foundation. VxRail is the only jointly engineered HCI system with VMware, and supports synchronous releases with VMware so the latest HCI and cloud software benefits are available to customers sooner.
For customers that choose VMware as the primary technology for modernizing their data center or building a multi-cloud IT environment, Dell EMC offers both automated and guided paths to the VMware SDDC.
This whitepaper focuses on VMware Cloud Foundation on Dell EMC VxRail as the solution that provides the best combination of integration, automation and speed of deployment for most customers, with the only deep integration between the two in the market today. For customers choosing the automated approach, VMware Cloud Foundation on Dell EMC VxRail delivers the simplest path to a VMware hybrid cloud while allowing customers to maintain flexibility of networking and topology.
Cloud Foundation on VxRail builds upon native VxRail and Cloud Foundation capabilities with additional unique Dell EMC and VMware jointly engineered integration features that simplify, streamline, and automate the operations of your entire SDDC from deployment through day 2 operations, including support and serviceability capabilities that no other Cloud Foundation infrastructure offering can provide.
Full-stack integration with Cloud Foundation on VxRail means both the HCI infrastructure and VMware cloud software stack lifecycle are managed as one seamless, complete, automated, turnkey hybrid cloud experience greatly reducing risk and increasing IT operational efficiency. Cloud Foundation on VxRail delivers a consistent infrastructure and consistent operations experience with edge, private and native public cloud workload deployment options for a true hybrid cloud solution.
VMware Cloud Foundation on Dell EMC VxRail can be delivered several ways while providing customers with the flexibility to use their own or Dell networking:
Based on VMware SDDC best practices, Cloud Foundation on VxRail ensures customers are future-proofed for next generation VMware cloud technologies that will be innovated around the same architectural design principles.
For customers choosing the guided approach, they can build their own SDDC using the VMware Validated Designs documentation and VxRail as the compute and storage platform. Building an SDDC can be simplified and accelerated by using Dell EMC VVD on VxRail configurations certified to the latest VVD versions with additional Dell EMC features and services.
VMware Validated Designs (VVD) simplify the process of deploying and operating an SDDC. They are comprehensive, solution-oriented designs that provide a consistent and repeatable production-ready approach to the SDDC. VMware Validated Designs are prescriptive blueprints that include comprehensive deployment and operational practices for the SDDC.
A VMware Validated Design is composed of a standardized, scalable architecture backed by VMware’s technical expertise and a software bill of materials (BOM) comprehensively tested for integration and interoperability that spans compute, storage, networking and management. Detailed guidance that synthetizes best practices on how to deploy, integrate and operate the SDDC is provided to aid end users to achieve performance, availability, security and operational efficiency. The full set of VMware Validated Designs is available at http://vmware.com/go/vvd
To learn more about VVD on VxRail, please consult the following whitepaper: Dell EMC VxRail - Accelerating the Journey to VMware Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) and visit Dell EMC community site with VxRail-specific VVD documentation.