In March, Dell EMC announced enhancements to their VxBlock 1000 CI (converged Infrastructure) systems and released their Ready Stack validated designs for channel partners and customers with a preference for building CI solutions themselves in the data center.
Dell EMC VxBlock 1000 enhancements
The VxBlock 1000 systems offers significant data center consolidation opportunities with Dell EMC operations & orchestration software, storage and data protection, with VMware software and with Cisco UCS servers and switches. Dell EMC currently has ~4,500 VxBlock systems installed in ~100 countries around the world.
VxBlock 1000 now offers VxBlock Central 1.5with enhancements for multi-system automation, support for both legacy and new VxBlock hardware and systems, and more automation for vRealize Orchestrator (7.5)and Operations (7.0). Moreover, the VxBlock 1000 now includes VMware vSphere 6.7with its own host of enhancements in VM performance, HTML5 client, HA and other functional enhancements.
From a hardware perspective, the VxBlock 1000 now supportsDell EMC Unity hybrid storagefamily as well as Dell EMC Data Domain HA systemsfor data protection. In addition, they’ve added support for Cisco UCS C480 M5 serversand UCS 6454 fabric interconnect. The UCS FI 6454 supports 6 40/100 Gbs Ethernet uplink ports, 36 10/25 Gbs Ethernet ports, 4 1/10/25 Gbs Ethernet ports and 8 unified ports that offer 8 8/16/32 Gbs FC or 8 10/25 Gbs Ethernet ports, with all Ethernet ports supporting FCoE.
VxBlock 1000 already supported all flash Unity storage as well as the rest of the high performance, Dell EMC storage portfolio, Cisco Nexus and MDS networking and most Cisco UCS B and C series servers. However, the new C480 M5 is pretty high powered with support for up to 6TB (48 slots) of DRAM, 12 PCIe expansion slots, up to 6 GPUs, and up to 32 SFF, hot swappable SAS/SATA/NVMe SSDs in a 4RU package.
Dell EMC Ready Stack validated designs
Dell EMC released their Ready Stack validated designs for customers and partners who prefer to build their own infrastructure solutions in the data center. Ready Stack supports maximum flexibility for component choice, with the ability to bring together any combination of Dell EMC servers, storage, open networking, and data protection options to build their solution. Additionally, three validated designs make deployments faster and easier than ever:
- Ready Stack: VMware vSphere with PowerEdge servers and Unity storage,which includes vSphere software running on Dell PowerEdge 14G servers using Unity Storage and S-Series switching.
- Ready Stack: VMware IaaS with PowerEdge MX series servers and PowerMax storage,which includes VMware IaaS with vCenter Unified management and monitoring running on PowerEdge MX7000 blade servers, with PowerMax storage, Integrated Data Protection Appliance and S-Series switches.
- Ready Stack: Microsoft Hyper-V with PowerEdge servers and Unity storage,which uses Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization software running on Dell PowerEdge servers, with Unity storage, the Integrated Data Protection Appliance and S-series switching.
With new Ready Stack validated designs, customer and partners can build their own CI with their choice of components, and lower risk with design and deployment guidance from Dell EMC engineering, the same team behind VxBlock 1000. Additional benefits include streamlined purchasing and provisioning, and 24×7 support all from a single vendor Dell EMC.
With all the success of their HCI solutions, one sometimes forgets that Dell EMC is also dominant in CI systems having been the first to market with Cisco hardware, VMware software and Dell EMC storage. Dell EMC has taken this time to broaden and update hardware and software used in their VxBlock 1000 solutions. One clear message is that CI is not going away anytime soon.
The new Ready Stack is yet further evidence of the importance that Dell EMC places on CI. For those customers or partners that want more choice than packaged solutions, they can now build CI validated designs, completely on their own and rest assured that it will run properly and efficiently together. This way customers and Dell EMC channel partners can build their own CI solutions with less risk and faster deployment, all with help and guidance from Dell EMC Engineering.
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Silverton Consulting, Inc., is a U.S.-based Storage, Strategy & Systems consulting firm offering products and services to the data storage community