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Ask the Expert: Introducing the New VCE VxRail™ Appliance

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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:

  • FLEXIBILITY AND CHOICE:Build-to-order hardware in both hybrid and all-flash node configurations allows customers to buy what they need now and provide a predictable, “pay-as-you-grow” approach for future scale out.
  • PERFORMANCE AND SCALABILITY: Delivering a known and proven building block for the SDDC based on VMware vSphere and VMware Virtual SAN software that delivers up to 5X performance while scaling easily and non-disruptively starting from 40 VMs up to 3,200 VMs.
  • USABILITY AND MANAGEMENT: Powered by VMware Hyper-Converged Software and managed through the familiar vCenter Server interface with seamless integration of current VMware technology lets customers leverage and extend their existing IT tools, processes and skillsets with an experience they already know.  And for a comprehensive IT core to edge management ecosystem, VxRail is discoverable and visible in VCE VISION.
  • AND MORE… 

We look forward to talking with you!

To learn more about the new VCE VxRail Appliance, click here.

Meet Your Experts:

profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=16715&size=350Hanoch Eiron

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. 

profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=12263&size=350Shannon Champion

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

profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=11273&size=350Joe Vukson

Product Marketing

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.


Richard Preston

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.


Rieko Sato

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.


Jeremy Merrill

Global Principal Consultant, HCIA

Jeremy 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.

Curtis Edwards

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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Re: Ask the Expert: Introducing the New VCE VxRail™ Appliance

Follow this thread to receive updates when new questions are asked of our experts. If you have questions, ask below!

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Re: Ask the Expert: Introducing the New VCE VxRail™ Appliance

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?

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Re: Ask the Expert: Introducing the New VCE VxRail™ Appliance

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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Re: Ask the Expert: Introducing the New VCE VxRail™ Appliance

This Ask the Expert session is now open for questions. For the next couple of weeks our Subject Matter Expert will be around to reply to your questions, comments or inquiries about our topic.

Let’s make this conversation useful, respectful and entertaining for all. Enjoy!

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Re: Ask the Expert: Introducing the New VCE VxRail™ Appliance

Thanks for the links, will go through them. Quick followup, a /22 IP range will be a good starting point ?

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Re: Ask the Expert: Introducing the New VCE VxRail™ Appliance

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.

Re: Ask the Expert: Introducing the New VCE VxRail™ Appliance

Yes, preinstalled and auto-configured as part of install or upgrade

Re: Ask the Expert: Introducing the New VCE VxRail™ Appliance

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.

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Re: Ask the Expert: Introducing the New VCE VxRail™ Appliance

Is EVO:Rail the installation/mgmt. engine for VXRAIL?

When will the vLabs will be available?