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Ask the Experts: Introducing the new Dell EMC VxRail™ Appliance

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Welcome to our Ask the Experts conversations about the new Dell EMC VxRail™ Appliance

The Dell EMC VxRail Appliance Family, the industry’s only HCI appliances specifically developed and fully optimized for VMware environments, now have configurations powered by the latest Intel Broadwell Platforms, VMware vSphere and VMware vSAN technologies and based on PowerEdge servers. The new Dell EMC VxRail Appliances feature 40% more CPU performance for the same price, increased flexibility and scalability with more configurations than before, all-flash nodes equipped with 2x more storage and a new 3-node entry point that is 25% less expensive.


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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 Dell EMC VxRail Appliance offers:

Flexibility and choice:  A wide range of platforms and configure-to-order hardware are designed to address any use case. The addition of Dell PowerEdge servers expands the portfolio to deliver GPU hardware, dense storage and high performance computing options, allowing you the flexibility to choose the VxRail Appliance that is best for your need. Single node scaling and storage capacity expansion provide a predictable, “pay-as-you-grow” approach for future scale up and out as your business and user requirements evolve.

Scalability and performance: Based on VMware vSphere and vSAN software, and built with new Intel Broadwell processors, the VxRail Appliance allows you to start small and grow, scaling capacity and performance easily and non-disruptively. All-flash VxRail Appliances include efficient and in-line deduplication, compression, and erasure coding. With these enterprise-class data services VxRail delivers high performance all-flash with increased usable capacity.

Usability and management: VxRail Appliance provides existing VMware customers an experience with which they are already familiar. VM management through vCenter Server, and IT and Cloud automation with vRealize Operations and vRealize Automation lets you seamlessly integrate VxRail into your existing data center infrastructure.

AND MORE…

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Meet Your Experts:

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Hanoch 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 an MBA from UC Berkeley.

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Shannon Champion

Product Marketing Manager

Shannon is a Product Marketing Manager for Hyper-Converged Appliances at Dell EMC. She has worked in the technology industry for over 15 years, with global experience in engineering, supply chain, channel partners, and marketing. Twitter: @smchampion

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Joe 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.

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Richard Preston

Product Manager – VxRail

Richard has been part of the VxRail Product Management team for almost two years, and is currently the lead Product Manager for VxRail 4.0. He has been with Dell EMC for three years, where 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.

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Richard Reddy

Director, Product Management

Rick leads Product Management for the VxRail Hyper-Converged Appliances. Prior to this role he led Strategic Alliances for VxRail and the VSPEX reference architecture programs. He has over 25 years of experience as a vendor in high-technology companies with roles ranging from engineering, sales, marketing and business development.
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Aaron Buley

Hyper-converged Specialist, CPSD

Aaron is a technical field consultant for VxRail and VxRack covering Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas (based out of Dallas, TX). He has over 10 years of experience in technical sales focused on server/storage/virtualized solutions.
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Jeremy Merrill

Global Principal Consultant, HCIA

Jeremy has over 15 years of 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.
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Curtis Edwards

Global Principal Consultant

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 Dell EMC Worldwide Enablement and Engineering Team for the VxRail family.

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Justin King

Senior Business Development Manager – Hyper Converged Infrastructure Solutions

Justin has been involved with the IT industry for over 19 years where he has held various roles and responsibilities ranging from administration duties to architecting critical business solutions. Since joining VMware in 2009, Justin has supported sales teams, evangelized multiple VMware technologies as a product specialist, installed confidence with the VMware's SDDC Suite by designing and testing end to end reference architectures (VVDs) and currently seeks out business opportunities delivering business solutions on Dell EMC VxRail appliances. Justin is a native Brit residing in the state of Texas. Follow him on twitter @VxJustinKing


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RobertoAraujo1
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Re: Ask the Experts: Introducing the new Dell EMC VxRail™ Appliance

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d1g1talben
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Re: Ask the Experts: Introducing the new Dell EMC VxRail™ Appliance

Kicking things off with the unboxing and racking of one of the new G Series VxRail Appliances:  Easy!


parks8
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Re: Ask the Experts: Introducing the new Dell EMC VxRail™ Appliance

Just I want to know is possible to configure vxrail system with 4 appliance with 12 node ? 

IHAC who have a leg room in each appliance to add a node later. So they want to buy 4 appliance having 3 node each.

Is it possible to configure and order ?

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d1g1talben
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Re: Ask the Experts: Introducing the new Dell EMC VxRail™ Appliance

Yes, the G Series can be partially populated so you would have 3 nodes in each of 4 chassis because you must have at least 3 4 nodes in the first chassis.

Edit: "Per Gary's comment, the first 4 nodes must be the same and in the same chassis, however subsequent chassis can be partially populated"

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giadarola
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Re: Ask the Experts: Introducing the new Dell EMC VxRail™ Appliance

However, the first chassis MUST be fully populated prior to scaling out into additional chassis.

This means that with 12 nodes in 4 chassis, you would need 4 nodes in Chassis 1, then you can split the remaining 8 nodes between the remaining 3 chassis.

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VxJustinKing
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Re: Ask the Experts: Introducing the new Dell EMC VxRail™ Appliance

if the appliances are to be joined and managed as one big cluster spanning the four chassis then as mentioned the first chassis fully populated and the additional chassis at 3 nodes. If they are to be deployed and managed independent of each other, then you would be able to do this with 3 nodes in each chassis

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Nori_Ishitsuka
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Re: Ask the Experts: Introducing the new Dell EMC VxRail™ Appliance

Hi Experts,

I think Next Gen is greatest HCI products.

I want to ask you some my question.

1. Can I mix G/E Series to existing VxRail Gen.2 environment?

2. Can I configure 2 nodes cluster with external witness VM?

3. Can I remove the old node from the cluster with VxRail Manager?

    I want to replace my old environment by forklift migration.

4.Can I simple update VxRail Softwares by VxRail Manager?

Best Regards.

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giadarola
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Re: Ask the Experts: Introducing the new Dell EMC VxRail™ Appliance

Please see comments inline below

1. Can I mix G/E Series to existing VxRail Gen.2 environment?

     A: Yes as long as the existing environment has been upgraded to 4.0 to support the new HW platforms AND you maintain the drive types.           Meaning you cannot mix All -Flash with hybrid.

2. Can I configure 2 nodes cluster with external witness VM?

     A: No! Minimum entry point with 4.0 is 3 nodes

3. Can I remove the old node from the cluster with VxRail Manager?

    I want to replace my old environment by forklift migration.

     A: Not at this time. VxRail Development is working out a process by which we can safely remove/shrink a cluster

4.Can I simple update VxRail Softwares by VxRail Manager?

     A: Once 4.0 releases, for all systems that are running 3.5 AND have an enterprise license, you can easily upgrade to 4.0 from the      upgrade button in VxRail Manager. If the cluster is running with a Standard lic, you will need to engage DELL EMC Remote Support to      schedule the upgrade as it is now a manual upgrade.

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jon_spiegel
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Re: Ask the Experts: Introducing the new Dell EMC VxRail™ Appliance

Hello,


For 10GBe Cisco active optical supported?


Also is there any planned support for native recoverpoint integration?


Are there any updated documents and sizing tools for VxRail 4.0?



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