Join the VxRail Xpert Crew (open to Partners!)
Wed, 22 Apr 2020 19:40:51 -0000|
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VxRail is #1 in hyperconverged systems, and the fastest growing HCI product in the industry today. Join a thriving community of >800 VxRail global experts who, like you, are interested in the most relevant, critical, and timely information for Sales awareness.
What is this? A community for VxRail Xperts who are advocates in their selling circles, regardless of organizational alignment and position in his/her company. Although this forum is not exclusive to SEs, our primary focus is on pre-sales efforts and initiatives. Our mission is to provide timely and technical information, knowledge, and tools in an effort to cultivate consistency for architecting, sizing, and configuring any VxRail solution. This is not a forum for post-sales or customer support.
Who is eligible? Any Dell Technologies employee or Dell EMC partner who passes the VxRail Xpert Crew assessment exam. VMware partners are welcome to join if they are also Dell EMC partners. Due to the NDA nature of this community, customers are not permitted.
Why should I join?
There are many reasons to pass the assessment and join the VxRail Xpert crew, including:
- A dedicated communication platform with other Xperts
- 24x7 access to a Global community with ~800 active members (including ~150 partners)
- Opportunity to provide feedback to the VxRail BU team
- Early access to information (performance data, product roadmaps, analyst data and more...)
- Special events for community members only
- Intel announcements
- Exclusive technology sessions - monthly
What are my responsibilities as a member?
- Collaborate: Share and learn with other Xperts
- Participate: Stay active in the community
- Stay smart: Be current, be knowledgeable and be relevant
- Walk the talk: Be the Xpert in your selling circles
How do I join?
- Know your stuff - read, learn, and master VxRail technology by reviewing materials listed below
- Test your knowledge and pass the exam
- Follow the onboarding process to become a full-fledged member of the VxRail Xpert crew
How do I access the exam?
- You will execute the exam via SABA deeplink and using your partner login.
- Assessment details: 60 questions, 90 minutes to complete, 75% for passing score, 5 retakes allowed (there is a 24 hour wait period between retakes).
- Be sure to follow the instructions upon completion of the exam. (The onboarding process for the Xpert Crew is not automated.)
- Dell EMC Technology partners having access to the partner portal can access the assessment exam here: https://education.dellemc.com/content/emc/en-us/csw.html?id=933229657. (If you have issues accessing this URL, please send email to email@example.com.)
What should I study? (some items are gated assets requiring login)
Focused Reading & Learning
|VxRail Technical Presentation|
|VxRail Network Planning Guide|
|VxRail Online Sizing Tool|
|VxRail Performance and Sizing Guide|
|VxRail Administration Guide|
 IDC WW Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker, Vendor Revenue (US$M) Q4 2019, March 19, 2020
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VxRail recently released a new version of our software, 4.7.510, which brings key feature functionality and product offerings
At a high level, this release further solidifies VxRail’s synchronous release commitment with vSphere of 30 days or less. VxRail and the 4.7.510 release integrates and aligns with VMware by including the vSphere 6.7U3 patch release. More importantly, vSphere 6.7U3 provides the underlying support for Intel Optane persistent memory (or PMem), also offered in this release.
Intel Optane persistent memory is non-volatile storage medium with RAM-like performance characteristics. Intel Optane PMem in a hyperconverged VxRail environment accelerates IT transformation with faster analytics (think in-memory DBMS), and cloud services.
Intel Optane PMem (in App Direct mode) provides added memory options for the E560/F/N and P570/F and is supported on version 4.7.410. Additionally, PMem will be supported on the P580N beginning with version 4.7.510 on July 14.
This technology is ideal for many use cases including in-memory databases and block storage devices, and it’s flexible and scalable allowing you to start small with a single PMem module (card) and scale as needed. Other use cases include real-time analytics and transaction processing, journaling, massive parallel query functions, checkpoint acceleration, recovery time reduction, paging reduction and overall application performance improvements.
New functionality enables customers to schedule and run "on demand” health checks in advance, and in lieu of the LCM upgrade. Not only does this give customers the flexibility to pro-actively troubleshoot issues, but it ensures that clusters are in a ready state for the next upgrade or patch. This is extremely valuable for customers that have stringent upgrade schedules, as they can rest assured that clusters will seamlessly upgrade within a specified window. Of course, running health checks on a regular basis provides sanity in knowing that your clusters are always ready for unscheduled patches and security updates.
Finally, the VxRail 4.7.510 release introduces optimized security functionality with two-factor authentication (or 2FA) with SecurID for VxRail. 2FA allows users to login to VxRail via the vCenter plugin when the vCenter is configured for RSA 2FA. Prior to this version, the user would be required to enter username and password. The RSA authentication manager automatically verifies multiple prerequisites and system components to identify and authenticate users. This new functionality saves time by alleviating the username/password entry process for VxRail access. Two-factor authentication methods are often required by government agencies or large enterprises. VxRail has already incorporated enhanced security offerings including security hardening, VxRail ACLs and RBAC, KMIP compliant key management, secure logging, and DARE, and now with the release of 4.7.510, the inclusion of 2FA further distinguishes VxRail as a market leader.
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VxRail drives the hyperconverged evolution with the release of 4.7.410
Mon, 30 Mar 2020 15:16:22 -0000|
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VxRail announces new hardware and software in this latest release
January 6, 2020
VxRail recently released a new version of our software, 4.7.410, which we announced at VMworld EMEA in November. This release brings cutting-edge enhancements for networking options and edge deployments, support for the Mellanox 100GbE PCIe NIC, and two new drive types.
Improvements and newly developed functionality for VxRail 2-node implementations provide a more user-friendly experience. Now supporting both direct connect and new switched connectivity options. VxRail 2-node is increasingly popular for edge deployments, and Dell EMC continues to bolster features and functionality in support of our edge and 2-node customer base.
This release also includes improvements for VxRail networking capabilities that more closely align VxRail with VMware’s best practices for NIC port maximums and network teaming policies. VxRail networking enhancements more efficiently handle network traffic due to support for two additional load balancing policies. These new policies determine how to route network traffic in the event of bottlenecks, and the result is better/increased throughput on a NIC port. In addition, VxRail now supports the same three routing/teaming policies as VMware.
Dell EMC also announced support for Fiber channel HBAs in mid-summer of 2019, and with that, the 4.7.410 release has broadened capabilities by supporting external storage integration. VxRail recognizes that an external array is connected and makes it available to the vCenter for use as secondary storage. The storage is now automatically recognized during day 1 installation operations, or on day 2, when external storage is added to expand the storage capacity for VxRail.
In addition to the 4.7.410 release, VxRail added a new set of hardware choices and options to include the Mellanox ConnectX-5 100GBe NIC cards benefitting a variety of use cases including media broadcasting, a larger 8TB 2.5” 7200 rpm HDD commonly used for video surveillance, and a 7.6TB “Value SAS SSD”. Value SAS drives offer attractive pricing (similar to SATA) with performance slightly below other SAS drives and are great for larger read-friendly workloads. And finally, there’s big news for the VxRail E series platforms (E560/E560F/E560N) which all support the T4 GPU. This is the first time VxRail is supporting GPU cards outside of the V series. The Nvidia T4 GPU is optimized for high-performance workloads and suitable for running a combination of entry-level machine learning, VDI, and data inferencing.
These exciting new features and enhancements in the 4.7.410 release enable customers to expand the breadth of business workloads across all VxRail implementations.
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