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Dell EMC brings hyperconverged infrastructure to hybrid clouds – Network World

Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) has been red hot over the past few years as more customers look for turnkey solutions to simplify the deployment of technology in its software defined data centers. The converged infrastructure group at Dell EMC, formerly known as VCE, was a late entrant into the market, but with Usain Bolt-like speed, the company has caught up to the field and is well on its way to becoming the market leader and de facto standard. 

The value proposition for Dell EMC is as simple as its products are to deploy. It’s HCI solutions, VxRack and VxRail, are kept in lockstep with VMware’s vSphere and VSAN roadmaps. Businesses that want to run VMware on HCI will almost certainly get a superior experience with VxRack and/or VxRail than they will with any other solution. The VMware install base is obviously huge, and Dell EMC has parlayed this into the following momentum in about a year: 

  • 1,000-plus customers
  • 8,000-plus nodes
  • 100,000+ cores
  • 65-plus PB of storage
  • 70-plus countries 

It’s important to note that it’s not just the relationship and common owner with VMware that has made the group successful. Since the inception of VCE, the organization has been obsessed with making the complex simple. It’s first fully engineered product, vBlock, set the standard for turnkey solutions by offering a product with simplified support, packaging and implementation with a sustainable model. It took what it learned with converged systems (vBlock) and extended it to HCI, and VxRack and VxRail were born. 

The low-hanging fruit for the HCI products has been the jointly engineered solution with VMware to deliver the VDI solution, Horizon, in preconfigured bundles. Customers can purchase a turnkey solution that can support a specific set of users, such as 50, 100, 200, etc. This lets businesses focus on innovation instead of worrying about how to attach this storage to that server. 

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