4 Ways PowerEdge MX Simplifies IT for VMware Environments


Every day, we hear about the need for IT modernization and transformation, but what high-tech companies today are providing meaningful solutions to drive IT simplification, efficiency, scalability, and automation for the software-defined data center? Dell EMC and VMware. Sure, PowerEdge is the world’s #1 server1, and when paired with the world’s #1 vendor of enterprise virtualization2 and HCI software,3 the duo sounds promising. But what are they doing to help empower IT to lead the business? The answer includes  close collaboration around Dell EMC PowerEdge MX, the modular infrastructure solution designed with kinetic infrastructure.

PowerEdge MX was designed for the software-defined data center, with customizable modules of compute, storage and networking. VMware vSAN is a core building block for the SDDC. So, when you pair PowerEdge MX with VMware vSAN, you’re ready for a hyper-converged match made in heaven.

Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes make it all even easier for your organization. These pre‑configured and validated building blocks reduce deployment risks, improve storage efficiency, and let you quickly and easily scale storage as needed.

But really, what advantages does this bring to IT departments? Here are 4 ways that PowerEdge and VMware “make it real” for IT every day:

Handle more virtual machines and transactions

PowerEdge MX offers a flexible architecture for sizeable VMware vSAN software-defined storage environments that allows organizations to assign the right resources for the right workload and to change dynamically with business needs. This means maximizing vSAN environments that can scale and support better database performance. In fact, the PowerEdge MX can process up to 625,000 more orders per minute and up to 40% more virtual machines than HPE Synergy or Cisco UCS, according to Principled Technologies testing.4

Boost application response times

Saving even fractions of a second can help hold customers’ attention, increase the volume of ecommerce orders, and generate more revenue. PowerEdge MX delivered up to 55.9% lower storage latency than competing solutions tested by Principled Technologies.4

Get to the cloud quickly and simply

With vSAN Ready Nodes on PowerEdge MX, you’ve got a software-defined ready infrastructure in one flexible chassis. You can put up to eight vSAN Ready Nodes in an MX7000 chassis to create a foundation for a self-sustained VMware Cloud Foundation cluster with right-sized compute, storage and ToR switches. And it’s all in one high-density package. You can put up to six drives in each MX740c compute sled for maximum density. Competing infrastructure offerings from HPE and Cisco have only two drives per compute sled.

VMware Cloud Foundation offers the fastest way for customers to build an integrated hybrid cloud by delivering a comprehensive set of software-defined services for compute, storage, networking, security, and cloud management to run enterprise applications in hybrid cloud environments. Dell EMC is pleased to announce that VMware has recently validated the PowerEdge MX for VMware Cloud Foundation.

Simplified management

When you leverage vSAN Ready Nodes in the PowerEdge MX architecture, you can take advantage of OpenManage Enterprise – Modular Edition Integration for VMware vCenter. This virtual appliance can reduce the tools and tasks associated with management and deployment of Dell EMC PowerEdge servers in your virtual environment. Dell EMC is pleased to announce that VMware has recently validated Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes for VMware Cloud Foundation on PowerEdge MX.

Check it out

All of this cool stuff is only part of the story. For a more detailed look at the capabilities and benefits of vSAN Ready Nodes on Dell EMC PowerEdge MX architecture, visit dellemc.com. And, if you’re at VMworld this week in Barcelona, check out PowerEdge MX at the Dell Technologies booth #D401 in the expo hall.

  1. IDC WW Quarterly x86 Server Tracker, 2018Q2, September 5, 2018, Units and Vendor Revenue
  2. IDC WW Semiannual Software Tracker, 2H2016, April 2017.
  3. Most deployed HCI software solution by cloud providers, per VMware vSAN 6.7 datasheet.
  4. Principled Technologies (PT) report commissioned by Dell EMC, “Ensure greater uptime and boost VMware vSAN cluster performance with the Dell EMC PowerEdge MX platform,” November 2018.
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We believe organizations should have the flexibility to choose whichever cloud environment is best for their workloads and data—without the byproduct of additional complexity. To help organizations address this complexity, we unveiled Dell Technologies Cloud today at Dell Technologies World. Dell Technologies Cloud consists of joint solutions from VMware and Dell EMC that remove cloud complexity by providing a consistent cloud operating model across public cloud, private cloud and edge locations.

Who says it must be out with the old to be in with the new?

There have been massive changes in IT from both a development and operations perspective since cloud computing became popular. Vendors sometimes portray these new models as a panacea for existing IT concerns, yet they are often incongruent with the applications, skillsets, and operational models established over many years in organizations.

Because more workloads are virtualized on VMware than any other hypervisor, organizations deploying Dell Technologies Cloud solutions can apply cloud benefits to their traditional workloads without being forced to refactor first. For instance, with VMware Cloud Foundation, VMs and containers can be moved effortlessly from on-premises to VMware Cloud on AWS without the need for expensive re-platforming. This is just one of the ways organizations can achieve the scale, coverage, speed, and cost structures they want in the public cloud faster with Dell Technologies Cloud. They can also achieve the same benefits in their data center, thanks to the automation capabilities of VMware Cloud Foundation and the tight HW/SW integration between VMware and Dell EMC.

A better cloud, with options

Dell Technologies Cloud can be consumed as Platforms or as a fully managed Data Center-as-a-Service (DCaaS) offering:

Dell Technologies Cloud Platforms: With Dell Technologies Cloud Platforms, customers have the flexibility to tailor their cloud infrastructure to their specific workload needs. These are built using tight integration between VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) and a variety of Dell EMC infrastructure – hyperconverged (VxRail) and converged infrastructure, as well as Dell Technologies validated storage, compute, and networking platforms. VMware Cloud Foundation on VxRaildelivers full stack integration, where both the physical infrastructure and VMware cloud software stack are managed as one complete on-premises hybrid cloud experience. Not only does this Dell EMC and VMware jointly engineered integration greatly reduce risk and increase IT efficiency, it also simplifies, streamlines, and automates the operations of the entire SDDC because it creates a single unified experience.

Additionally, with VMware Cloud on AWS available as an add-on to the Dell Technologies Cloud Platform, organizations can also extend their on-premises cloud environment seamlessly into the public cloud, without having to refactor workloads for migration. The consistent operating experience across public and private clouds reduces complexity. In fact, IDC found that Dell Technologies Cloud reduces total cost of ownership by up to 47% compared to native public cloud.

Dell Technologies Cloud Data Center-as-a-Service: VMware Cloud on Dell EMC is cloud infrastructure installed on-premises in your core and edge data centers and consumed as a cloud service.  This new, fully-managed DCaaS offering combines the speed and flexibility of the public cloud with the security and control of on-premises infrastructure.  Additionally, the familiarity of VMware Cloud tools on trusted Dell EMC VxRail hyperconverged infrastructure provides peace of mind through a best-of-breed enterprise solution.

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  • IT decision makers can negotiate one contract with one vendor for all core and edge data center needs.

In short, the Dell Technologies Cloud Data Center-as-a-Service lays the foundation for savvy CIOs/CTOs to move their organization one step closer to IT-as-a-Service, delivering on the promise of utilizing technology to drive business strategy.

Services to eliminate cloud friction

As part of Dell Technologies Cloud, organizations can take advantage of professional services, support and financial services to help remove barriers to cloud adoption. From helping you determine where your workloads are best placed, to ensuring service levels are delivered, our cloud experts can reduce risk along your cloud journey. Meanwhile, Dell Financial Services makes it possible to achieve cloud economics in your own data center with flexible consumption models.

Cloud without chaos

With Dell Technologies Cloud, it’s possible to bring the best of public cloud to your data center, transfer your best practices for management and security to all your clouds and easily extend the best of both to your edge locations. Welcome to a better cloud.

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[1] IDC White Paper, sponsored by Cisco, Adopting Multicloud — A Fact-Based Blueprint for Reducing Enterprise Business Risks, June 2018.

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