VMware Cloud Foundation on Dell EMC VxRail can be delivered as either a cluster of nodes (platform) that leverages the customer’s existing network infrastructure, or an integrated rack system with optionally included networking as shown in Figure 20.
These delivery packaging options can be used for all different customer use cases – Standard VxRail HCI with vSAN, VCF on VxRail, or VxRail edge use cases.
Custom rack design configuration and integration services for VxRail integrated deployments are available for all customers looking to adopt any of the VxRail solution use cases and who need flexibility in rack design configurations to meet their needs. These services support customers using Dell EMC or 3rd party networking hardware vendor equipment, or no networking at all. These services also support customers using Dell EMC or non-Dell EMC supplied rack hardware.
With Flexible Dell Technologies 2nd Touch Facility factory services, customers have options on the rack and networking components they would like used. Customers can purchase from Dell Technologies, a rack from our Dell Technologies partner, APC, or supply their own consigned 3rd party rack. Customers also have options relating to network switches as well. Customers can purchase Dell EMC PowerSwitch with OS10 EE switches from Dell Technologies or they can supply their own consigned 3rd party switches. Any 3rd party consigned items supplied by the customer must be purchased separately by the customer outside of Dell Technologies. Support for those components would be provided by the component vendor and not from Dell Technologies. So, depending on which components are used for the system, customers have a choice of what support experience they would like to have for their infrastructure.
Customers who choose the VxRail nodes deployment option maintain the responsibility for defining the networking and rack configuration as well as performing the work of physically racking and cabling the nodes, and non-Dell 3rd party product. In this option, VxRail nodes will be shipped directly to the customer who will then perform further rack integration work in their own datacenter.
If a customer desires a factory integrated rack configuration delivery engagement in which they can define the networking and rack components as well as VxRail node hardware and rack design configuration, including the use of 3rd party products and performed in a Dell Technologies 2nd Touch Facility prior to shipping it to the customer, then a custom VxRail rack integration service option is available. Note: For 3rd party components, the customer will be responsible for procuring and sending the products to a Dell Technologies 2nd Touch Facility for racking. This option supports all the available VxRail solution use cases.
Finally, for those who desire specific turnkey VxRail cloud solution outcomes and who value speed of delivery within 14 days, customers can purchase one of the cloud solution offerings available within the APEX Cloud Services portfolio. These solutions are turnkey and are designed/packaged to provide the fastest time to value. They are delivered with pre-validated configurations and delivered in a rack whose rack components, VxRail node configurations, and rack configuration design are predefined by Dell Technologies in order to optimize speed of delivery. For these solution offerings, customers will have a choice of different pre-defined VxRail node hardware configurations to pick from that will be pre-racked as part of solution delivery. Available offerings in this category include VCF on VxRail and VMC on Dell EMC.