VxRail Rockets from Data Center Modernization to Hybrid Cloud

Over the last three years, we have built VxRail to be the fastest and simplest way to modernize and extend your VMware environment. From talking with our customers, we know many of them are looking for a hybrid cloud strategy. In fact, according to a recent survey by Enterprise Strategy Group, 92% of respondents reported that their company’s cloud strategy includes on-premises data centers1. And with good reason! No single cloud offering is a perfect fit for the great breadth of workloads that IT organizations are tasked to support.

Hybrid cloud allows IT organizations the flexibility to choose the resources best suited to address application and business needs. However, implementing a hybrid cloud architecture can introduce additional complexity and risk.

It was only natural for us to extend our market leading platform and address the changing needs of our customers. Once again, through joint development with VMware, we are helping our customers get the benefits of a hybrid cloud strategy while alleviating the complexity and risk that may be introduced.

I am thrilled to announce the arrival of VMware Cloud Foundation on Dell EMC VxRail—a fast and easy path to deploy and operate hybrid cloud through a fully integrated platform. Cloud Foundation on VxRail offers the operational hub for your hybrid cloud, delivering consistent infrastructure and consistent operations with full stack integrity—meaning a seamless experience from the hyperconverged infrastructure

VxRail delivers an experience that is not available on any other on-premises infrastructure running VMware Cloud Foundation. Delivering a unified user experience, VMware Cloud Foundation on VxRail is lifecycle managed as one complete, automated, turnkey on-premises experience, greatly reducing risk and increasing IT operational efficiency. This tight integration facilitates smooth, rapid deployment and a simplified management experience while also delivering infrastructure agility that can accelerate your organization’s ability to offer IaaS and PaaS.

Optimized for performance, scalability, user experience and TCO savings, Cloud Foundation on VxRail incorporates many unique Dell EMC and VMware jointly engineered integration features that simplify, streamline and automate the operations of your entire SDDC stack with end-to-end lifecycle management. In its recent releases, VMware has made architectural updates to Cloud Foundation that marry well with core VxRail functionality, such as networking flexibility enabling Dell EMC networking  benefits, as well as deployment options ranging from appliance . Another example of the synergistic relationship between the two companies is the synchronous release of VxRail and VMware software updates, so the latest HCI and cloud software benefits are in customers’ hands sooner. Not only sooner, but better—Cloud Foundation on VxRail is based on VMware SDDC best practices, an approach that is future-proof for next-generation VMware cloud technologies that will be developed around the same architectural design principles.

If you’ve determined that hybrid cloud is in your IT organization’s future, I want to leave you with this: the best way to improve service outcomes and reduce operational risk while evolving to a hybrid cloud operating model is by leveraging trusted technologies and operational processes. Dell EMC VxRail is designed with VMware, for VMware, to enhance VMware-enabled organizations’ ability to streamline operations and predictably evolve. Cloud Foundation on VxRail empowers the next step of that evolution.

I’ll be attending Dell Technologies World next month to discuss Cloud Foundation on VxRail, as well as other exciting hyperconverged happenings. One of my favorite things about these events is the opportunity it affords to interact with our amazing customers who are leveraging our technology to make a difference in the world. I hope to see you at Dell Technologies World, and look forward to continuing this conversation with you in Las Vegas! Until then…

1.ESG, Hybrid Cloud Tipping Point, June 2018

Gil Shneorson

About the Author: Gil Shneorson

Gil is a business and technology executive with 30+ years’ leadership experience in international business management, engineering, marketing, operations, GTM planning and execution. In his current role, Gil leads the Dell Technologies Solutions Platform strategy, working with customers, partners and Dell product groups to deliver the best solutions for complex edge computing challenges.