Fuel Hybrid Cloud Innovation With PowerEdge and VMware

Flexibly design and scale your hybrid cloud with the latest VMware software fueled by PowerEdge servers.

Ask people what they need to survive, and you will likely hear a different answer from nearly every person. The answers will surely be interesting and varied, but at our very core, each of us needs energy—fuel. We need the right fuel for our body to be our best physically, mentally, and even professionally. The same concept applies to many things, ranging from vehicles to agricultural crops to IT infrastructure. You need the right fuel to power your hybrid cloud so that you can focus on innovation, customer experience and long-term business growth.

The first step is to ensure that you have the right IT infrastructure, including industry-leading x86 servers¹ and software. With the largest ever launch of our next generation Dell EMC PowerEdge portfolio, Dell Technologies brings you cloud-ready servers that thrive in a VMware hybrid cloud environment. Empower your hybrid cloud with agility, intelligence and security.

Leap ahead with PowerEdge

Flexibly design and scale your hybrid cloud with the latest VMware software, including VMware vSphere® 7 with Tanzu, which is the fastest way to get started with Kubernetes. The recent U2 release introduced new developer-focused capabilities along with much more. And, if you’re one of the 30,000 customers globally using VMware vSAN™, a faster way to get started with that is by using Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes, which are PowerEdge servers that have been properly configured and optimized to run vSAN. Dell Technologies is proud to offer one of the broadest portfolios of vSAN Ready Nodes today.²

One of the most popular workloads on vSAN is SQL Server. You can boost SQL Server performance with over 36.1% more total orders per minute (OPM) and 25% greater VM density using the new Dell EMC PowerEdge MX750c as compared to the previous-gen MX740c. A vSAN cluster of these next-generation PowerEdge MX servers not only boosted total OLTP performance by more than a third over a cluster of current-generation models, but it also reduced application response time by 8.5%. Check out the details in this infographic from Principled Technologies.

If you prefer to run vSAN on rack servers, then you’ll be glad to learn that the Dell EMC PowerEdge R6525 with AMD EPYC 7713 processors achieved a 24% higher VMMark score compared to the previous world record result for a 2-Socket 4-Node configuration.³

Automate to empower

Fueling innovation is not only dependent upon agility. You also need automation for both hardware and software. Dell EMC OpenManage Enterprise is our systems management software, and with our plug-in for vCenter, OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter (OMIVV), combined with vSphere Lifecycle Manager, you can complete hypervisor and firmware updates on an eight-node PowerEdge cluster with only two steps, as opposed to 152 steps manually. Read the Principled Technologies report for details or watch this video to hear from our global product manager about the power of the OMIVV and vLCM combination.

Fortify with security from chip to firmware to cloud-native apps

Innovation without security is like riding in a race car at 200 mph without a seatbelt—you simply should not do it! PowerEdge servers help you start strong, stay strong and outmaneuver threats. We are the first server vendor with a cross-portfolio solution for cryptographically verified hardware integrity with Dell Technologies Secured Component Verification.4 Secured Component Verification provides “as-built” hardware validation for the server upon delivery to ensure integrity in transit. When combined with the intrinsic security in the VMware portfolio, including VMware NSX® for networking virtualization and micro segmentation, and VMware Cloud Foundation™ for a ubiquitous platform across public and private clouds, you get security from core to edge to cloud to container.

The latest generation of PowerEdge servers along with VMware provide the right fuel for your hybrid cloud, delivering agility, intelligence and security. Visit our website or read the brochure to discover how you can rev up your hybrid cloud.

¹ IDC, WW Quarterly x86 Server Tracker, 4Q2020 Unit Shipments, March 11, 2021.

² Based on Dell Technologies review of vSAN Ready Node offering across all OEMs listed on VMware vSAN Compatibility Guide, March 2021.

³ Based on Dell analysis of the highest published VMMark result for 2-S matched pair as of and the scores accepted by VMware as of 3/7/2021. Result accurate as of 3/15/2021.

4 Based on Dell analysis of publicly available data, October 2020. Available on PowerEdge 14G and 15G, except for PowerEdge XE7100, XE7420, XE7220, C6420 and C6525.

About the Author: Yvonne Y. Bourquin

Yvonne Y. Bourquin is a global product consultant with Dell EMC where she is responsible for technical marketing of Dell EMC PowerEdge servers with VMware software. With over 15 years of experience in high-tech marketing, Yvonne has held worldwide and regional marketing leadership positions in both commercial and consumer segments at companies including Hewlett-Packard and AMD. A third-generation Aggie, she holds an MS in Marketing and a BBA in Marketing from Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, where she also serves on the Board of Directors for the MS Marketing Program.