Pivot to Hybrid with VMware Cloud Foundation on VxBlock

VxBlock support for VMware Cloud Foundation with Tanzu helps customers quickly pivot to hybrid cloud backed by high-performance external array-based storage.

Perpetual Architecture, Perpetual Value

VxBlock converged infrastructure customers are always telling me (and many of my peers) how much they trust and rely on it for their mission-critical, on-premises private cloud.

With our help, these CI customers are also staying ready for what’s next. The extensible architecture of VxBlock makes it easy to switch out existing technologies or to introduce new ones to meet changing business and workload demands. That includes the entire VxBlock technology stack, from compute, networking and storage up through VMware cloud operations.

Our joint CI innovation with VMware and longstanding partner Cisco is at the heart of how we deliver that flexible, perpetual customer value. I invite you to register for free and join us at our virtual booth during Cisco Live March 30-April 1. Dell Technologies is a Spotlight Sponsor of this global digital event.

High-Performance, Modernized Management Domain

Now, I’m thrilled to announce that the VxBlock platform is more “software defined” than ever—enabling customers to develop and run modern applications alongside traditional, VM-based apps.

Businesses, service providers and governmental organizations with VxBlock can modernize to hybrid cloud with our vSAN-based management architecture option. This version of the AMP (Advanced Management Platform) introduced last November features VMware vSAN Ready Nodes on Cisco UCS servers–engineered for Vxblock to deliver the availability, scalability, security and manageability that modern cloud management platforms require.

Simplify Lifecycle Management: VCF on VxBlock

Now, we’re introducing support for VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) on that refreshed, modernized VxBlock 1000 management infrastructure! VMware Cloud Foundation enables consistent, secure infrastructure and operations across private and public cloud. This gives converged infrastructure customers an even simpler way to deploy and lifecycle-manage their hybrid cloud platform and with lower risk.

You can explore the business and technical benefits of VCF on VxBlock through these resources:

The solution features VCF 4.1 on VxBlock System 1000 (with key underlying components of VMware NSX-T 3.0 and vSphere 7.0U1.) Customers deploying VCF on their VxBlock can also take advantage of other VMware solutions such as Tanzu Standard and vRealize, as they now have the infrastructure ready for layering on new capabilities to meet expanded business requirements.

Boost the Value of Your FC Storage

If you’re keeping tabs on VCF, you’ve heard it supports external Fibre Channel (FC) arrays such as the ones available in VxBlock. This means your VCF workload domains will be able to include principal storage options such as PowerMax and PowerStore, with PowerScale available for supplemental storage.

This VCF for VxBlock release includes features that we’ve engineered specifically to help you leverage the performance and data services of that FC storage for workload domains, such as:

  • Dynamic storage-policy based management (SPBM) with VMware virtual volumes (VVOLs) for flexible, cloud-like allocation and management of storage (available at release for PowerMax arrays)
  • Persistent storage for containers via VMware Cloud Native Storage (CNS) and Container Storage Interface (CSI)

In other words—we’re making it easier for you preserve your FC storage investment while meeting the needs of critical applications such as SAP HANA, Microsoft SQL, Oracle and AI/ML in a hybrid environment.

Take the Next Steps: VCF for VxBlock and Beyond

Now is an opportune time to pivot CI to a high-value hybrid cloud strategy—all while protecting your key technology investments and workloads for the core data center.

About the Author: Dan Meddaugh

An IT industry veteran, Dan has been helping shape the converged infrastructure (CI) industry for over a decade. Today, Dan heads up the Dell Technologies’ CI platform and Open HCI engineering teams. Prior to his current role, Dan helped launch VCE—the VMware, Cisco and EMC alliance that is widely credited with creating the converged infrastructure industry as it is known today.