Welcome to our Ask the Expert
conversation about the new
VCE VxRail™ Appliance.
VxRail is the market’s only fully integrated, preconfigured, hyper-converged appliance that extend and simplify VMware environments. The VxRail Appliance family brings together the best of EMC and VMware including EMC rich data services and leading systems management capabilities with VMware’s leading hyper-converged software that includes VMware vSphere and Virtual SAN, the industry’s most vSphere integrated software-defined storage – all in a single product family with one point of support. VxRail Appliances seamlessly plug into VMware eco-system management solutions to simplify IT operations while lowering costs, and is a turnkey, easily scalable appliance that creates an automated, software-defined infrastructure for the modern, innovation-focused data center.
Now, we invite you to be part of the discussion and directly engage with our SMEs and community members, ask technical questions, and learn how the VCE VxRail Appliance offers:
We look forward to talking with you!
To learn more about the new VCE VxRail Appliance, click here.
Meet Your Experts:
Product Line Marketing Manager, VMware
Hanoch is the lead product marketing manager for VxRail at VMware. He helped grow the converged and hyper-converged markets since their inception in 2010. Hanoch presented at various industry events and authored blogs and articles. He holds and MBA from UC Berkeley.
Product Marketing Manager
Product Marketing Manager for Hyper-Converged Appliances. She has worked in the technology industry for over 15 years, with global experience in engineering, supply chain, channel partners, and marketing. Twitter: @smchampion
Joe Vukson is part of the Product Marketing team bringing the VCE Hyper-Converged Appliance to market. While at EMC he has executed numerous successful launches for the VSPEX Reference Architecture program as well as VSPEX BLUE. Prior to EMC, he held marketing and product marketing leadership positions and delivered successful marketing and communications initiatives for startups and the world’s largest technology companies.
Product Manager – VxRail
Richard is a Product Manager for VxRail with a focus workloads and sizing. Previously, he worked as a Solutions Manager for the VSPEX RA program. Richard has worked in high tech for almost 30 years, holding a wide range of positions in Europe, Asia, and North America. He currently lives near Seattle, where the weather reminds him of The Netherlands where he grew up.
Director, Product Management
Rieko Sato is responsible for hyper-converged infrastructure appliance products. Prior to this role, she led strategic planning of VNX/VNXe management software. She has over twenty years of experience in identifying market and product requirements for a wide range of software and hardware products.
Global Principal Consultant, HCIAJeremy has over 15 years experience working at EMC and NetApp. He’s currently part of the Global Sales Enablement Engineering team within the Hyper-converged Business Unit at EMC. Prior to joining the HCI business unit, he held roles at EMC in DPAD business unit, as a Mid-Tier SE (supporting Isilon and VNX. In addition, he was part of the Data Protection Technical Marketing team at NetApp, focusing on replication technologies. He’s a resident of Raleigh, NC and an alumnae of Florida State University.
Global Principal Consultant, HCIA
Curtis has been at EMC for 10 years in several different technical roles ranging from Field SE, DPAD SE, Partner SE, Principal Global SE as well as being one of the key members of the Emerging Technologies Team, the VSPEX Global Enablement Team and is currently part of the EMC Worldwide Enablement and Engineering Team for the VxRail family.
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How is the expansion of the Appliance handled? When a new node is purchased does it come pre-installed with ESXi in the factory and the VxRail manager takes care of the rest at the customer site or is the full imaging done at the customer site?
It comes ready to go! The key here is to make sure you allocate/reserve enough IPs during the install to make the additional appliance upgrade as seamless as possible. If you didn't, it will require you provide the required IP addresses during the appliance addition. It's a very simple process that's shown during the launch - you can view the launch recording here - VxRail Resources | Hyper-Converged Infrastructure | EMC
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Is it possible to isolate workloads on a select set of resources in the appliance? If so, are there any risks associated with designing the appliance in the manner? For example, if a customer needs to dedicate a VM to EFD drives while allowing the remaining disks to be shared with all other VMs.
VxRail optimizes it self for performance - trying to limit resources on a per VM basis goes against the design principle.You end up sub-optimizing the appliance. You can, however use QoS limits to fence off a potentially "noisy" or lower priority workload from the others.