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VMware Cloud on Dell EMC / DCaaS – Product Brief

Published October 13th, 2020. Concise and unbiased 6-page overview of the features/functionality of VMware Cloud on Dell EMC. Includes overview, usage and EvaluScale review. Download now!

VMware Cloud on Dell EMC/Data Center-as-a-Service (DCaaS) is a consumption-based acquisition offering for VMware Cloud on Dell EMC HCI infrastructure. As such, it is a member of VMware’s Managed Solutions portfolio that also includes VMware Cloud on AWS.

DCaaS is a tight VMware/Dell EMC integrated offering that includes VMware Cloud Foundation (vSphere, vSAN and NSX) running on Dell EMC VxRail. Customers pay for DCaaS monthly based on a combination of system memory and storage consumed. VMware is responsible for first-call support and manages the support experience from the standpoint of the customer.


DCaaS is delivered as a private cloud “stack” co-engineered by Dell EMC and VMware consisting of VMware Cloud Foundation VxRail HCI clusters of at least two nodes for system resilience. Hardware configurations include half rack or full rack when three or more VxRail nodes are required. The hardware configuration includes servers, storage and networking. Configurations also include two top-of-rack switches for internal networking and two VeloCloud SD WAN gateways for external NSX networking. Node model variants will be introduced in the future that are either compute- or storage-heavy.

The integrated VMware software stack includes vSphere, NSX, vSAN and vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager. VMware PKS will be supported on this platform. VMware’s vRealize Cloud Management suites (vRealize Operations, Network and Automation) are separately licensable or available via subscription.

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