Dell EMC Vscale Turns Converged Infrastructure Inside Out

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The days when IT departments can take months to stitch components together and build the perfect data center are coming to an end. Businesses expect their IT organizations to deliver a turnkey, cloud-like IT consumption model. So they’re a lot more interested in funding technology that quickly delivers business outcomes than signing the check for home-grown science projects.

To address this new IT reality, Dell EMC offers converged systems with a turnkey engineered system experience. This lets IT consume technology with much less effort, focus more on customers and innovation, create more apps, and deploy them faster. That’s a good business outcome.

We have been transforming IT this way for nearly eight years, and we’ve innovated further.

We created our Vscale Architecture, which turns the converged systems paradigm inside out.

Rather than converging the infrastructure stack with a built-in network inside system’s cabinet, Vscale converges the stack across a data center fabric. The result?  Pools of IT resources (compute, storage, and data protection) with greater scalability than a single converged system. And Vscale retains the turn-key engineered system experience — including simplified operations and life-cycle assurance — of a single converged system.

Converging on the data center network fabric opens other paths for innovation, including ways to maximize utilization of investments by sharing pools of resources across converged, hyper-converged systems and legacy equipment and ways to leverage software defined networking and automation to further simplify operations.

The Dell EMC Vscale Architecture spans the following components:

  • Vscale Fabric: a scalable network fabric based on spine-and-leaf LAN and/or a core-edge-core or collapsed core SAN switching
  • Vscale Fabric Technology Extensions: compute, storage and data protection resources shared across the Vscale Fabric
  • Vscale Open Technology Connect: a defined point to connect third-party systems to the Vscale Fabric for resource sharing
  • Vscale Border Technology Connect: a defined point of ingress and egress for the Vscale Fabric, providing a range of network services, such as switching routing, load balancing and firewalls.
  • Dell EMC Vision Intelligent Operations a tool for converged infrastructure health monitoring and life cycle assurance
  • A common set of automation, orchestration, management tools such as Cisco UCS Director (UCSD), Dell EMC ViPR, and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) and VMware NSX.

Our customers tell us that Vscale has sped time to data center deployment by fifty percent or more.  Most IT organizations and their system integrators would take a year or more to select, test, qualify and deploy all the equivalent elements of Vscale Architecture for a full data center refresh or greenfield data center deployment. And Vscale, an engineered solution, provides the added, ongoing benefits of life cycle assurance single-call customer support and simplified operations.

Moreover, months of building your own data center – especially at high scale — diverts IT’s attention from innovation and application deployment, which impacts the business.  Often, this drives stakeholder dissatisfaction, rogue IT, and public cloud deployment regardless of the proven long-term economic merits of on-premise/hybrid cloud environments.

Inovalon, a fast-growing healthcare big data analytics service provider, recently found this out as Dell EMC delivered them two new Vscale data centers in half the time it would have taken themselves to do.

According to Faisal Khalid, Senior Vice President of Technology Solutions at Inovalon, “We quickly refreshed our data center technology and tripled our capacity, including more than 50 new racks, without having to add engineering or operations staff.”

He continued, “We are spending less time on systems integration and management, and more time on innovation.  We’re moving to a DevOps model of continuous improvement, and we’re creating agility and value that can be passed along to our customers.”

You can learn more about Vscale Architecture and its business outcome at Inovalon here.

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