Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) has revolutionized the tech sphere in recent years, delivering remarkable solutions and advancements. At its core, HCI solutions aim to integrate computing, storage, networking, and virtualization into a unified package; all managed from a single software interface. The focus remains on simplification, which is becoming a top priority for organizations regarding IT infrastructures.
Today, several solutions aim to declutter and organize business operations by converging all IT elements into a single appliance; however, not many stand out in terms of performance and scalability like Dell EMC’s VxRail.
VxRail represents an innovative hyper-converged infrastructure system powered in collaboration with Dell and VMware. Seamlessly integrated with VMware vSphere and Software-Defined Storage, this solution presents the only HCI operating system jointly developed alongside VMware.
VxRail is an exclusive HCI platform uniquely designed for all VMware workloads and applications, providing the best performance and compatibility. The platform is also pre-configured, fully integrated, and precisely tested for VMware vSAN optimization, ensuring it remains helpful across the entire lifecycle. Furthermore, VxRail is also bolstered by advanced automation and exceptional support from Dell Technologies, providing quality assistance and ease of use.
Instead of creating and maintaining your own servers at high cost to your business, consider Amazon Simple Storage Solutions (S3). Amazon S3 works at an object level. It is scalable to store any amount of data, and it is accessible anytime on demand. With strong access controls, cost-effective storage options, and industry-leading data availability and storage, Amazon S3 can work for any size of business.
There are several storage classes within Amazon S3, all offering excellent durability and security for your data. For general purpose storage, S3 Standard and S3 Intelligent-Tiering offer low cost, low latency storage. If you access your data less frequently but still require rapid access, S3 Standard-IA or S3 One Zone-IA offers high availability storage at low costs. AWS also offers storage for archived data based on the required availability: S3 Glacier Instant Retrieval, S3 Glacier Flexible Retrieval, or S3 Glacier Deep Archive.
AWS offers serverless storage through the Amazon Elastic File System (EFS), allowing you to build and configure your shared file systems quickly and easily. Amazon EFS is optimized to handle the majority of applications and features high availability and extreme durability for your data. With scalable, agile storage that grows and shrinks with your needs, Amazon EFS reduces costs by ensuring that you only pay for what you use. In addition, Amazon EFS will automatically move your rarely-accessed files to lower cost storage. Amazon EFS is your solution if you need to quickly and easily share data with no management required.
Amazon FSx is a fully Windows-compatible storage system with high availability, default backups for all files, and automatically updated hardware patches and provisioning. If you rely on a Windows-based file server that is reaching capacity or is nearing end-of-life, Amazon FSx may be the solution for you. Amazon FSx offers low latency, guaranteed performance, and industry-leading security for your business files.
In addition to working seamlessly with Windows File Server, Amazon FSx offers storage for NetApp ONTAP, Open ZFS, and Lustre. Simply choose the system you already use and your data can be transferred seamlessly to your new cloud-based file system. With Amazon FSx, you only pay for what you use, eliminating the need to invest thousands in on-site storage in favor of pay-per-use storage with Amazon FSx.
Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) low latency, high performance block storage for use with Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances. Amazon EBS supports SSD-based or HDD-based volume types and includes encryption for your data, both in-flight and at rest. As always, Amazon EBS is a cost-effective, scalable, and easy to use. Amazon EBS supports service levels that specialize in everything from highly available, low latency block storage to very low cost, durable storage for archived data blocks.
Amazon File Cache offers a unified view of your files, regardless of storage location. You can link physical servers, Amazon FSx, Amazon S3, or other cloud datasets within the Amazon File Cache. This low-latency cache makes it easier to process your file data by presenting a cohesive look at everything you have linked to the Amazon File Cache.
Every device compatible with VxRail is pre configured and tested, making this platform easy to deploy and manage. VxRail is fully integrated with VMware vSphere and a software-defined storage. This makes it the only fully integrated, pre-configured, and tested HCI system optimized for VM ware vSAN. Aside from its ease of deployment and management, this feature also ensures the optimization of the VxRail platform for performance and reliability. VxRail provides businesses with a flexible configuration and deployment option, which improves its scalability and performance. Dell EMC developed the VxRail platform to support various applications and workloads, including big data analytics and virtual desktop infrastructure. Users can choose from different models and configurations depending on their specific needs.
VxRail is based on Intel Xeon processors, contributing to the platform’s high performance and capabilities. Typically, Intel Xeon processors are designed to deliver high-performance computing capabilities, making them ideal for virtualization workloads in data centers. With VxRail leveraging this processing power, they can efficiently handle virtual machines and associated applications. VxRail delivers high performance and efficiency with all-flash appliances, including compression, deduplication, and erasure coding. These data management services boost the usable capacity while reducing the total cost of ownership.
One of the critical features of VxRail is its integration with VMware’s software-defined storage solution, Virtual SAN (vSAN), which provides the underlying storage infrastructure for virtual machines running on the VxRail nodes. Typically, the total storage capacity and performance of the vSAN cluster increase concurrently with the number of VxRail nodes, providing advanced data services, such as deduplication, compression, and RAID-like protection. The VxRail platform is developed to integrate seamlessly with existing VMware data centers, workflows, and tools. This integration capability ensures users can leverage familiar VMware management experience. Organizations that implement VxRail can also take advantage of the latest VMware cloud technologies, such as vSAN, NSX, AND vRealize
The VxRail platform aims to provide a simplified and unified management experience for the entire IT infrastructure, including computing, storage, networking, and virtualization resources. Dell EMC achieves this centralized management feature by integrating the platform with VMware’s vSphere virtualization platform. The VxRail Manager is the overall management engine for the platform’s operations. It is natively integrated with and accessed through VMware vCenter.
VxRail is well-known for its agility and scalability. According to Dell Technologies, these features and the simplicity of its HCI platform are significant drivers of IT transformation and operational efficiencies. Dell EMC’s VxRail accelerates and streamlines IT transformation through standardization and automation. It’s also very versatile and ideal for different devices and IT infrastructures. VxRail provides businesses with a flexible configuration and deployment option, which improves its scalability and performance. Dell EMC developed the VxRail platform to support various applications and workloads, including big data analytics and virtual desktop infrastructure. Users can choose from different models and configurations depending on their specific needs.
As organizations strive to meet the demands of evolving workloads and IT landscapes, VxRail emerges as an innovative solution that consolidates every element of an IT infrastructure into a single cohesive unit. This section explores why VxRail is ideal for businesses looking to accelerate their digital process and enhance operations.
Modern businesses must strive to unlock their virtualized environment's full potential to boost productivity and operational efficiency. In line with this, VxRail provides several advantages, from simplified management to scalability, robust performance, and seamless integration, ensuring organizations are positioned at the forefront of modern data center solutions.
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