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Dell EMC XC Series Hyperconverged Solutions – Product Brief

Last updated October 8th, 2019 to add cloud features and for updates to the EvaluScale. Brief overview of the Dell XC Series Hyperconverged solutions. This product uses Nutanix software and Dell servers.

The Dell XC series are hyper-converged appliances using a combination of Nutanix software with Dell hardware. Dell servers are used along with the Nutanix Distributed File System which runs in a Controller Virtual Machine (CVM) in each node. Each scale-out cluster is comprised of a minimum of three nodes and has no specified maximum. Hypervisor options include VMware, Hyper-V or KVM.
Nutanix appliances have multiple-node configurations, either 1, 2 or 4 nodes per chassis. Here, the Dell XC series is different, with each appliance model supporting a single-server node, except the XC 6320, which has 4 nodes per chassis. All models come in hybrid or all-flash configurations.
Dell EMC also offers a ‘storage-only’ node, enabling the cluster to scale capacity without adding compute resources and a 3U, single-node, quad-CPU model based on the Dell R940 server that’s designed for memory- and CPU-intensive workloads.
The following list shows maximum resource capacities per node:

XC 430-4 – 1U, R430, single/dual CPU server, 14/28 cores, 384GB memory, 12TB HDD capacity, 3.2TB SSD capacity

XC 630-10 – 1U, R630 dual-CPU server, 32 cores, 768GB memory, 16TB HDD capacity, 3.2TB SSD capacity, 16TB SSD (in all-flash configuration)

XC 6320-6 – 2U, 4-node chassis, C6320 dual-CPU server, 24 cores, 512GB memory, 32TB HDD capacity, up to 38.4TB SSD capacity (in all-flash configuration)

XC 730-16G – 2U, single-node, R730 dual-CPU server, 32 cores, 768GB memory, 40TB HDD capacity, 6.4TB SSD capacity

XC 730xd-12C – 2U, single node, R730xd single-CPU server, storage-only node with 40TB of HDD capacity, 800GB SSD capacity. This model only supports the KVM hypervisor.

XC 730xd-12/24 – 2U, R730xd dual-CPU server, 12 or 24 drives, up to 32 cores, 768GB memory, 40TB HDD capacity, 6.4TB SSD capacity

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