Dell EMC VxBlock 1000 Re-Defines IT Agility for the Enterprise

When it comes to IT, flexibility and agility are not just states of mind. If IT leaders are going to succeed in the digital era those attributes need to be built into modern IT platforms from the ground up.

With that simple but powerful idea in mind we at Dell EMC are proud to unveil our latest Dell EMC VxBlock System offering. The Dell EMC VxBlock System 1000 is the most extensible Converged Infrastructure (CI) platform ever built. Rather than just building a CI platform that makes it simpler to manage compute and storage within the same stack, we made it possible for IT organizations to also mix and match both compute and storage components anyway they see fit.

IT organizations can now mix and match Cisco UCS C-Series rack servers and Cisco UCS B-Series blade servers in the same platform depending on their diverse applications’ processing and scalability requirements. Each platform can be optimized for different classes of application workloads by relying on a proven architecture to create and share pools of IT infrastructure resources. When it comes to storage, Dell EMC now uniquely allows IT organizations to choose four types of storage arrays—Dell EMC Unity, VMAX, XtremIO, and Isilon — each optimized for various classes of workloads, now all within the same system, the VxBlock 1000.

Dell EMC Unity provides a simplified approach to employing and managing all flash arrays, while XtremIO provides a higher performance option optimized to deliver maximum I/O performance with great efficiency for demanding services such as enterprise wide VDI. VMAX all flash storage delivers rich data services for mission critical workloads, Dell EMC Unity all flash is a good fit for general purpose workloads and Isilon storage provides a network-attached (NAS) scale-out system that delivers maximum capacity. When it comes to applications, there’s no such thing as one size fits all. The VxBlock 1000 provides a common rack environment that IT organizations can use to mix and match storage systems as needed.

The days when separate cabinets were needed for each type of storage system are officially over!

This approach not only allows IT organizations to preserve and maximize investments in IT infrastructure, but the Dell EMC VxBlock 1000 also increases server scalability by 56 percent (from 512 to 800 servers) and supports up to ten times the number of storage arrays (from one to ten arrays) compared to previous generations. For example, up to ten Dell EMC Unity arrays at 16PB each can be configured to provide a total primary storage capacity of 160 PB. Best yet, all of that is accomplished in a way that reduces the total amount of rack space for multi-technologies being consumed by up to 60 percent depending on the equivalent previous generation systems. For example, the footprint of Dell EMC Unity storage has been reduced by a factor of four, while the footprint of XtremIO storage has been reduced by a factor of two. The footprint of Isilon storage has been reduced by an astounding factor of six.

Those gains will only be multiplied as IT organizations make the shift to next-generation NVMe-based storage systems to improve I/O performance. The Dell EMC VxBlock 1000 is one of the first NVMe-ready converged systems to be brought to market.

Of course, our engineers didn’t just focus on the hardware. The management platform we make available for the Dell EMC VxBlock 1000 can manage up to eight different systems. Previously, IT operations teams would have to navigate separate management software for each VxBlock system. Now Not only has the management for multiple systems been unified: IT organizations canstreamline upgrades because there’s now one common process to be applied across multiple technologies previously found in separate VxBlock Systems or special extension cabinetry now within a single VxBlock 1000. That major  innovation will yield as much as a 75 percent reduction in overall lifecycle management time for multi-system environments, as well as an 80 percent reduction in the time it takes to identify critical updates.

There’s an excellent reason IDC just confirmed that we are the industry leader when it comes to CI platforms with 48 percent market share. And IDC1 has documented VxBlock systems make IT operations more efficient by 66 percent while lowering cost of operations by 61 percent. Other crucial benefits include 52 percent less time spent on just keeping systems running, 34 percent faster application deployments, and a 99 percent reduction in unplanned downtime. That results in a 640 percent return on investment (ROI) in a five-year period, with the systems paying for that return within eight months of installation.

There’s a lot alk these days about the critical importance of IT agility. That issue is naturally putting a lot of pressure on IT operations teams. Application owners now expect internal IT teams to be able to provide them with services optimized for their specific types of workloads and with a cloud-like experience. Provisioning of IT resources that once took weeks to accomplish now need to be completed in hours and minutes. That kind of operational efficiency can be achieved with standardized, yet highly flexible, pre-engineered systems, like the VxBlock.

Our customers could not agree more.

“We want to create IT almost like a vending machine. Users select the product they want. They put in their cost center and within seconds that product is delivered. “says John Grieco, Chief Technology Officer for The University of Vermont Health Network.

Achieving that goal requires a level of standardization that can only be achieved by relying on pre-integrated systems. “Our strategy is to standardize at the hardware and software level ruthlessly using a converged infrastructure platform,” explains Grieco. “I want IT to be a dial tone service that is always there.”

IT leaders are being judged not just on how available applications are, but increasingly how quickly IT enables the business to take advantage of new opportunities. The tolerance business leaders have for lengthy IT projects has never been lower. The assumption now is that IT needs to either keep up with or be faster than the pace at which the business is transforming. Achieving that goal starts with modern IT infrastructure based on a Dell EMC VxBlock System 1000 that is by far and away the most advanced converged infrastructure platform ever built bar none. We invite you to see for yourself by visiting the Converged Systems space on to accelerate wherever your organization’s digital business transformation takes IT next.


These benefits are based on the IDC whitepaper sponsored by Dell EMC, “The Business Value of Modernizing Mission-Critical Applications with Dell EMC VxBlock Systems, October 2017.” (Actual results may vary.)

Jeff Boudreau

About the Author: Jeff Boudreau

Jeff Boudreau is President of the Infrastructure Solutions Group at Dell Technologies. In this role, Jeff is responsible for a global team of innovators that imagine, design and deliver the ISG portfolio of modern infrastructure—industry-leading solutions that accelerate and enhance data computation, storage, networking and data protection, and are integrated into our converged and hyperconverged offerings. Jeff joined Dell Technologies in 1998 (previously EMC) and has over 25 years of engineering, business management and executive leadership experience in the IT industry. Jeff has held a number of management, operations, and services leadership positions. Most recently, he was President of Dell EMC Storage, responsible for the development and management of a market-leading storage portfolio that helps organizations modernize their data centers, leverage the economics of the cloud and accelerate IT transformation. Prior to that, Jeff was Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Midrange Solutions business, leading the innovative engineering teams that delivered next-generation midrange solutions for managing customer data with less cost, complexity and risk. Jeff completed his undergraduate studies at Wentworth Institute of Technology and received an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Jeff is based in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.