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Dell EMC VxRail Hyperconverged Appliance – Product Analysis

Last updated May 16th, 2019 with updates from Dell Technologies World 2019. 17-page deep dive on the architecture and functions of Dell EMC VxRail.

Dell EMC VxRail is a Hyperconverged Infrastructure appliance comprised of VMware software and Ethernet-connected Dell PowerEdge servers with internal storage devices. Using vSAN software-defined storage (SDS), VxRail creates a pool of storage capacity from local flash and hard disk drives that is shared between the VMs running on each server, or node. Like most HCI solutions VxRail provides a standardized, agile infrastructure for supporting a wide range of potential use cases including ROBO, VDI, server virtualization and private cloud, to name a few.

There are over a dozen vendors marketing HCI appliances, besides Dell EMC, including some that also use vSAN as their SDS layer. Competitive solutions include Nutanix, Cisco HyperFlex, HPE SimpliVity and Pivot3, among others. These and the other leading products are included in the Evaluator Group Research Hyperconverged comparison matrix and associated Product Briefs, Analyses and Evaluation Guide.

Product Analysis Includes: 

  • Highlights
  • Overview of System
  • Hardware Architecture
  • Software Architecture
  • Management
  • Data Services
  • Other Features
  • Evaluator Group Comments
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