The theme of this year’s VMworld here in San Francisco is “Make Your Mark,” and Dell EMC VxRail is making more of a mark than ever before, announcing automated Kubernetes infrastructure deployments plus integrated Lifecycle Management (LCM) and performance enhancements that enable IT to keep pace with the speed of business.
For us, it’s all about innovation. Our continuous innovation and joint engineering across Dell Technologies delivers the deepest levels of integration and ensures VxRail, the HCI foundation for the Dell Technologies Cloud, empowers customers to unlock innovation, foster operational freedom and evolve predictably.
Kubernetes, right out of the starting gate now with Dell Technologies Cloud!
We hear from many of our customers that their IT organizations need a simple to deploy, manage and maintain infrastructure solution for the provisioning of Kubernetes, adding container orchestration in a way that complements their virtualization strategy. Dell Technologies is uniquely positioned to meet this demand, and through joint engineering between VMware, Pivotal and Dell EMC, we are delivering with Dell Technologies Cloud.
IT can rapidly and securely deliver resources and empower developers with VMware PKS on Cloud Foundation on VxRail. This is the only fully integrated, secure HCI platform that automates deployment of Kubernetes infrastructure complete with NSX-T security and networking policies, and full stack lifecycle management, for a complete and seamless operational experience.
The ability to rapidly and securely update and patch from one known good state to the next is critical in fast paced dev-ops environments. Patching VMware PKS on VCF on VxRail is fast and simple. Smart LCM knows exactly what components need to be updated, streamlining the time it takes to patch and update. Faster updates mean developers can quickly get back to developing!
No more silos, no more sprawl – all systems GO!
It’s important to emphasize – VxRail is not just another Kubernetes appliance. As the foundation for Dell Technologies Cloud Platforms, VMware Cloud Foundation on VxRail is the operational hub for your hybrid cloud, meaning HCI layer and VMware cloud software stack lifecycle are managed as one, a complete, automated, turnkey hybrid cloud experience, whether you are running cloud native or traditional applications.
With VxRail, organizations can better align their developers and operations teams by supporting Kubernetes and cloud native development along with traditional applications in a single platform. Having a single HCI-based hybrid cloud platform that automates deployment of core business applications, including Horizon VDI workload domains, supports traditional VM-based applications and serves the fast-paced demands for cloud native development, is the ultimate vision of data center modernization and application transformation. We continue to enhance VxRail to deliver the performance, security and ease of operations needed to realize this vision.
This is a marathon, not a sprint—and VxRail intends to win
We are constantly enhancing the VxRail platform and HCI System Software to handle cloud native and traditional workloads while delivering a seamless and user-friendly operational experience. Here are a few of the highlights:
Performance, Security and Connectivity
The latest VxRail updates deliver performance, security, and connectivity enhancements to improve customer experience and expand use cases:
- Latest Intel and Dell EMC PowerEdge server technologies deliver enhanced performance (up to 28%) and reduced latency (up to 30%)
- Fiber Channel connectivity options support additional IO intensive and storage dense workloads on VxRail clusters
- New NVIDIA GPU options for graphics, machine learning, virtual data center workstation and universal use deliver rich, immersive user experiences
- Common Criteria certification assures security best practices are met throughout the development process.
Enhanced Integrated Lifecycle Management
LCM enhancements maximize efficiency and streamline update processes:
- Schedule upgrades to align with service windows and business needs.
- Automated prestaging can save up to 20% of the upgrade time, per node, compared to previous releases. This can lead to significant savings when upgrading large clusters.
- Smart LCM determines exactly what components are required for updates, no need to always do full bundle update to get to next known good state.
This continued focus on innovation and usability is why Dell EMC VxRail is the #1 hyperconverged system in 1Q19 according to the IDC Q1 2019 Worldwide Converged Systems Tracker, and you can see from all we are announcing that we have no intention of slowing down- we are 100% focused on making sure our customers are ready and set to innovate!
Get out of the stands, and join us on the field
I’m here with the team at VMworld 2019, doing one of my favorite things—learning how our innovative customers are leveraging VxRail to deliver real outcomes for their business. It truly is the motivation behind everything we do. If you’re traveling to San Francisco, I look forward to speaking with you. Make sure to attend the Enterprise-ready Kubernetes: your path to cloud-native applications with Dell Technologies (KUB4114BU) session and stop by the Dell Technologies booth for a tech preview of our VxRail augmented reality app (coming very soon), which allows you to interact with VxRail as never before. I hope to see you here.