Dell hosted thousands of customers, partners and executives in Las Vegas this week at Dell Technologies World, an event that each year sees the tech giant flood the market with a range of announcements, spanning channel, enterprise, cloud, artificial intelligence and data centre markets.
During the event, Dell launched new hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) advancements, including the new Dell EMC VxRail Appliances and VxRack SDDC Systems.
President and general manager of Dell EMC’s Server and Infrastructure Systems unit, Ashley Gorakhpurwalla, commented on the launch, claiming: “As HCI systems are increasingly being used for core data centre applications, customers are adopting VxRail and VxRack SDDC as the foundation for deploying clouds of all types.
Gorakhpurwalla explains Dell developed the technology alongside Dell EMC and VMware to “offer a simple and clearly defined path to private, hybrid and multi-clouds.”
HCI is popular among “transformed” companies, a new report sponsored by Dell EMC finds. The report states that 98% of transformed companies use either converged infrastructure (CI) or HCI, while 86% use both.
Moreover, the ESG 2018 IT Transformation Maturity Study also finds that transformed companies are running an average of more than 35% of their applications on CI/HCI, quantifying their operational expenditure savings at 25% on average.
The popularity of HCI systems amongst digitally transformed companies is reiterated by IDC research which states that global HCI system sales surpassed $3.7 billion in 2017 vendor revenue, up 64.3% from 2016, to become the fastest growing segment of the overall converged systems market.
Additionally, IDC predicts the HCI solutions market will reach $10.3 billion by 2022.
With this in mind, the release of Dell’s new HCI system updates is well timed.
Continuing to be integrated with VMware vSAN and vSphere software, new VxRail advancements now include the adoption of:
In addition, customers wanting to build a software-defined data centre (SDDC) with VxRail as a building block can use the guidance of the latest VMware Validated Designs (VVD).
VVD for SDDC 4.2 for VxRail helps customers easily architect an SDDC with complete NSX and vRealize functionality.
Dell EMC’s turnkey cloud platform, VxRack SSDC is based on VxRail hardware and built on 14th generation PowerEdge servers and powered by VMware Cloud Foundation and Dell EMC software.
Updates to VxRack SDDC offer customers the following features:
IDC’s Eric Sheppard, research vice president, Enterprise Servers and Storage, also comments, “Hyper-converged systems continue to be the fastest-growing segment of the converged systems market as enterprises and industries worldwide are bolstering adoption rates to simplify their IT infrastructures.”
“The growth of HCI has key significance to the larger cloud ecosystem, creating possibilities of tighter integration between technologies.”
“As the leading provider of HCI systems globally, Dell EMC’s latest advancements, in partnership with VMware, offer even greater benefits to businesses look to transform modern and multi-cloud environments.”
Dell EMC VxRail Appliances and Dell EMC VxRack SDDC Systems updates are available globally now.