Dell EMC: Hyper-Converged Infrastructure advancements in Singapore

Dell EMC expands industry-leading converged systems portfolio with VxRail Appliances now integrated with high performing, reliable and energy efficient Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, available in Singapore beginning this August.

James McCready expounding the virtues of Hyper-Converged Infrastructure, in a brief to media and analysts during Dell EMC Forum 2017 in Singapore. McCready is the VP of Converged Platforms & Solutions Division for APJ, Dell EMC.

James McCready expounding the virtues of Hyper-Converged Infrastructure, in a brief to media and analysts during Dell EMC Forum 2017 in Singapore. McCready is the VP of Converged Platforms & Solutions Division for APJ, Dell EMC.

The latest VxRail Appliances 4.5 offer expanded enterprise software and hardware options on the industry’s fastest growing HCI offering.

More details from the press release below.

Dell EMC today announced it has expanded its leading converged systems portfolio by integrating its Dell EMC PowerEdge servers into Dell EMC VxRail Appliances hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) in Singapore.

“HCI is the fastest-growing part of the IT infrastructure market as businesses of all sizes continue to desire substantial infrastructure simplification,” said Eric Goh, Managing Director and Vice President, Singapore Enterprise Business, Dell EMC.

VxRail Appliances on PowerEdge servers allow Dell EMC to address more use cases in Singapore and to help modernise data centres with comprehensive service and support that provide a path to assisting business growth and investment protection for organisations of all sizes.

Dell EMC VxRail Appliances, powered by PowerEdge servers, also will be made available in India and Korea starting this month, with the expanded portfolio to be available more broadly across the Asia-Pacific region this October.

Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Gains Momentum

According to the latest IDC Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker, the worldwide converged systems market revenue increased 4.6% year over year to $2.67 billion during the first quarter of 2017.

Hyper-converged systems continued to be the fastest growing segment by far, growing 64.7% year over year globally.

Dell EMC continues to be the undisputed leader of the overall converged systems market with 28.9% market share and is the fastest growing HCI vendor, more than doubling sales year-over-year  or Q1 2017, according to the analyst firm.

IDC research also shows that, for the Asia-Pacific & Japan (APJ) region, the hyper-converged infrastructure segment grew 111% year over year for the first quarter of 2017, more than doubling revenue from the same period a year ago.

Also during the first quarter of 2017, IDC data notes that Dell EMC’s HCI sales grew by 325% in APJ, three times faster than the market.

Customers Gain More from Expanded Dell EMC Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Portfolio

The Dell EMC VxRail Appliance family of fully integrated, preconfigured and pre-tested HCI appliances offers the industry’s only HCI appliances powered by VMware vSAN™ and jointly engineered with VMware.

“Dell EMC is committed to addressing these needs and, responding to demand in Singapore, we are now extending the long awaited availability of VxRail Appliances on PowerEdge servers here, enabling organisations to benefit from greater HCI performance with even more flexibility and scalability,” Goh added.

Since the global launch in March 2016, Dell EMC has sold more than 14,000 VxRail nodes —exceeding 145 petabytes of storage and 150,000 cores — to more than 2,000 customers in dozens of industries across 97 countries.

VxRail Appliances on PowerEdge servers expands the VxRail Appliances portfolio to address new use cases.

These VxRail Appliances feature 40% more CPU performance for the same price, increased flexibility and scalability with more configurations, all-flash nodes equipped with double the storage capacity and a new 3-node entry point that is more than 25% less expensive.

New addressable workloads include:

  • Storage-heavy workloads including Big Data Analytics and Microsoft Exchange can take advantage of VxRail Appliances based on the PowerEdge R730xd platform that has highly dense storage nodes coupled with the latest Intel processors to provide high-performance processing.
  • Graphics-heavy client virtualisation workloads that require increasing levels of performance found in the latest operating systems including Microsoft Windows 10, as well as productivity applications and graphics-intensive CAD/CAM, research and development applications based on the PowerEdge R730.
  • Remote Office/Branch Office environments can leverage the low-end 3-node entry option based on the PowerEdge R630 with a starting priced as low as US $25,000 for a three-node cluster2, allowing customers to cost-effectively deploy HCI to simplify IT management at multiple remote sites.

Additionally, the launch of Dell EMC VxRail Appliances 4.5 delivers several new enterprise features:

  • Enhanced enterprise deployment features – Streamlined installation and implementation experience designed to help enterprise customers manage VxRail Appliances at scale. The VxRail Appliance deployment experience, which is optimised to deploy a single appliance in only 20 minutes3, now can be applied to larger cluster sizes, allowing customers to add and manage 10 or more appliances as easily as a single appliance.
  • Additional hardware flexibility lowers total cost of ownership – New single processor options, reduce the cost of deploying processor-based licensed software for scaling up to 64 nodes. New network options, including up to 12 additional ports, allow VxRail Appliances to be deployed in environments requiring physical network segmentation of workloads.
  • Support for the latest VMware technologies – New VMware vSphere 6.5 and VMware vSAN 6.6 support adds optimised data service algorithms to accelerate flash performance, software-defined data-at-rest encryption to protect against unwanted access to data, and enhanced protection for stretched clusters.
  • Improved interoperability with Dell EMC technologies – Customers deploying VxRail Appliances now can leverage a centralised Dell EMC Secure Remote Services (ESRS) gateway to provide a single point of secure, two-way remote support for their entire Dell EMC infrastructure.

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