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Dell EMC VxRail: A high-performance system that performs even better with Intel Optane SSD

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by Peter Krass on 06/18/2020
Blog Category: cloud-and-data-centers

If your customers are looking to extend a VMware environment, Dell EMC offers them a fast and easy way: VxRail, the only fully integrated, preconfigured and tested HCI appliance optimized for VMware SAN.

To make this great package even better, Dell has added a fast cache layer of Intel Optane SSDs with NVMe.

The performance gains are serious. With Intel Optane SSDs, VxRail shows a 60% increase in transactions/minute; over 20% more input-output operations per second (IOPs), and nearly 60% lower latency, according to Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG).

A powerful package

VxRail is the work of three partners. Intel provided its 2nd gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors. Dell EMC provide its PowerEdge servers. And VMware chipped in with its vSAN software-defined storage and vSphere virtualization and management software.

Dell EMC VxRail combines compute, storage, virtualization and management on a small footprint. So you can install it at the edge and in remote or branch offices.

Dell EMC VxRail

You can use Dell EMC VxRail to accelerate datacenter modernization, deploy a hybrid cloud, and create a Kubernetes platform.

It’s also a great way to set up a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), an in-demand project now that so many people are working from home. VxRail scales up to 64 nodes per cluster, enough to support thousands of virtual desktops.

Admins can perform updates and patches with no downtime. That’s because VxRail includes management software that intelligently deploys important updates.

You can scale from 3 nodes to 64 nodes in a single cluster. Multinode configurations are supported, too. That’s handy for edge deployments where your customers anticipate the need for future expansion

In an IDC study commissioned by Dell, researchers found that VxRail can improve the efficiency of an IT team by up to 60% and deliver a 5-year ROI of nearly 490%.

Three with Intel Optane SSDs

Dell makes VxRail available in 5 configurations, of which 3 support 375GB of fast cache from Intel Optane SSDs with NVMe:

> P Series: A performance-intensive 2U/1Node platform with an all-NVMe option, configurable with 1, 2 or 4 sockets. It’s optimized for databases and other intensive workloads.

> E Series: Go Everywhere 1U/1Node with an all-NVMe option and T4 GPUs for a wide range of use cases, including AI and machine learning.

> G Series: Compute-dense 2U/4Node platforms for general-purpose workloads.

Supplementing VxRail with Intel Optane SSDs is also a great for VDI. When VDI users log on and off — say, at start and end of a work day — that can tax the shared storage pool and slow the user experience. Add those Intel Optane SSDs, and you can clear that bottleneck with the cache layer’s low latency and high performance.

Faster than a speeding NAND

Intel Optane SSDs offers near-DRAM performance at lower cost, and with NAND-like persistence. You get a unique combination of low latency, high performance and responsiveness, and high endurance.

When NAND flash SSDs are replaced by Intel Optane SSDs as cache, VxRail delivers lower latency, high throughput, and improved endurance. Unlike NAND, Intel Optane SSDs can read and write simultaneously.

Dell EMC VxRail is the easiest and fastest way to extend a VMware environment. Now with Intel Optane SSDs, it’s even faster.

Learn more:

> Read the partner solution brief: Intel Optane SSDs boost HCI performance for Dell VxRail

> See the infographic: Modernize applications with VxRail and Intel

> Browse the product page: Dell EMC VxRail Hyperconverged Infrastructure


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