VxRail 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.
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VxRail environments are configured as a cluster, 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 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.
Dell EMC VxRail systems offer a choice of Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, powered by new Intel® Scalable® processors and AMD EPYC™, 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.
Figure 19 shows the comprehensive set of options available across the family as of the writing of this paper. Customers can be assured their VxRail is configured to best match their workload requirements in a very prescriptive manner, with millions of possible configuration combinations in the VxRail model series family. More information on VxRail hardware configurations is available in the Dell EMC VxRail System TechBook.
VxRail’s automated lifecycle management enables scale out where new appliances can be added non-disruptively and different models can be mixed within a VxRail cluster. By adding the latest technology appliances into existing clusters and decommissioning aging appliances, an evergreen HCI environment can be obtained; no need to worry about costly SAN data migrations ever again. Flexible storage options also allow a node to start with a few drives and add drives as capacity requirements grow. Appliances may also be scaled-up where the VxRail nodes can be non-disruptively upgraded with additional memory, GPU, NIC cards, cache SSD and capacity drives to meet changing requirements.