Dell: VxRail and VxRack get PowerEdge servers as EMC deal bears fruit
Thu 20 Oct 2016
Dell’s acquisition of EMC is beginning to manifest quite impressively in the company’s product roster. Its VxRack and VxRail offerings are moving over to the PowerEdge server, furnished with Broadwell Xeon processors with significant speed benefits.
The VxRail line will benefit from an extra possible 250 configurations, as well as 40% more CPU performance, double the storage in all-flash nodes and an entry price that’s 25% lower with a 3-node config. The shift also brings integration with the vSphere and VSAN technologies which came into the deal as part of the integral purchase of VMware.
The reconfigured servers are able to deliver higher workload yields and also bring hyperconvergence into the scope of lower-scale customers. Processing of Microsoft Exchange and data analytics flows can be handled from VxRail hardware based around GPU accelerators in the PowerEdge R730xd range.
VP of product marketing for Dell EMC’s Converged Platform and Solutions Division Bob Wambach has stated that customers who want to remain with the platform’s previous usage of Quanta servers in VxRack and VxRail systems will be able to do so.
The PowerEdge VxRack FLEX solutions can be ordered now for Q4 delivery this year; VxRack SDDC PowerEdge offerings will be available for order before the end of the year; equivalent VxRail appliances may bleed over into 2017 in terms of ordering and availability, except for those that include VMware Horizon for client virtualisation – which will be available to order from December.
Dell’s $67 billion acquisition of EMC, finalised earlier this year, constituted the largest IT transaction in history, bringing an extraordinary networking portfolio in the data centre space. It has been suggested that the takeover benefitted from a far greater specificity of vision and cooperation than is usual, and that much of the planning for the merging of the respective companies’ technologies was part of both due diligence and the proposal period prior to announcement and approval, making it possible to bring mature combined products to market a mere ten months after the deal was closed.