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Dell EMC Brings PowerEdge Servers to VxRail, VxRack Page 2

By Jeffrey Burt (Send Email)
Posted October 19, 2016


The larger VxRack System 1000 is based on PowerEdge R630 or R730xd systems that bring greater capacity and 40 percent more CPU performance without costing more money. Dell EMC is offering 20 new configurations, including all-flash offerings, officials said.

Along with the VxRail and VxRack appliances, Dell EMC will continue to grow the XC hyperconverged infrastructure offerings that Dell launched in 2011 and uses Nutanix's software.

The analyst Enderle said Dell EMC owning all the elements of hyperconverged infrastructures is a differentiator for the vendor in a rapidly growing and highly competitive market, though the key for Dell will be how it executes on its plan. Hyperconverged appliances are complex, so getting it right will be important.

"This is a huge opportunity and that brings with it a huge amount of risk," Enderle said.

On the storage side, Dell EMC is enhancing the Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS) platform gained from EMC with support for PowerEdge servers. ECS software can now run on such systems as the DSS 7000 and R730xd, officials said. In another move, the company announced a new all-flash Isilion network-attached storage (NAS) offering.

Dell EMC also rolled out the latest version of the virtual edition of EMC's Data Domain data protection and backup technology that can run on PowerEdge servers. Michael Dell in a meeting with analysts and journalists cited the new offering as another example of being able to combine technologies from both companies to benefit customers.

Data Domain is the top product in its area, with 61 percent market share, but it was too expensive for smaller companies to buy. Now that it can run in a virtual mode on Dell servers, it becomes available at the entry level, he said.

Originally published on eWeek.
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