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Modern data center infrastructure has seen significant transformations as IT architects have gone from bare metal servers to compute virtualization to a fully software-defined data center (SDDC). As compute density increased, converged infrastructure delivered increased utilization of the storage, compute and networking resources under a virtualized software control plane (e.g.VxBlock/vSphere).

 

The accelerated growth of modern, cloud native exposed the fact that these rigid, factory built, rack-scale systems lacked the agility to compete with cloud offerings.  #VMworld2019 features the latest in Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) and tech previews of new Composable Systems. This includes Dell EMC and VMware who are highlighting solutions that deliver a cloud operating model to maximize performance and utilization of these powerful hardware resources. In addition to Dell EMC VxRail, Dell is highlighting their PowerEdge MX Systems to provide an agile hardware platform that delivers full-stack resource pools, with VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) as the software-defined control plane.

 

 

Figure 1: VMware Cloud Foundation

Dell/EMC PowerEdge MX – Kinetic Infrastructure  

The Dell/EMC MX7000 platform is known for its a future-proof composable architecture offering high performance, modular computing, storage and networking infrastructure with an end to end automation suitable for private cloud architecture. Available today as an HCI ReadyNodes, integrated with VMware Cloud Foundation, the Dell PowerEdge MX7000 platform delivers the performance, agility and investment protection required to drive the modern enterprise.

 

When considering the path to composable infrastructure, MX7000 and VCF (available in early access) provide another level of speed, performance and precision to fully utilize all of the underlying vSAN storage resources with automation and lifecycle management.  This Kinetic Infrastructure is an intelligent, flexible architecture that dynamically allocates resources to eliminate stranded capacity, utilizing the MC OpenManage and RedFish APIs for comprehensive, open management.

 

 

Early Access Features with VMware Cloud Foundation

The following are some early access features that will be showcased at VMworld 2019:

 

VMware Cloud Foundation with Composable Dell PowerEdge MX7000 (Early Access)

Pre-tested infrastructure solutions delivering best in breed performance and scale using software-defined composability enabled by PowerEdge MX servers and Open Manage Enterprise with full-stack VCF automation and lifecycle management.

Figure 2: Dell EMC PowerEdge MX integrated with VCF SDDC Manager

Features available in Early Access with PowerEdge MX and Cloud Foundation

  • Integration through industry standard DMTF Redfish APIs
    • Faster Deployment and time-to-value
  • Pay as you grow expansion, assign the right resources to the right payload
    • Compose and decompose vSAN storage with ease
  • Fully composable internal storage across a VMware Cloud Foundation
    •  Single control plane to manage storage capacity for any server or VCF workload domain (WLD)
  • Simple integration of new resources using SDDC Manager
    • The SDDC Manager works as a single pane of glass for software and hardware consumption.

 

Dell EMC PowerMax and Unity Storage Arrays as Primary Storage in VCF (Early Access)

Dell EMC storage arrays are validated with VMware Cloud Foundation for using Fibre Channel as primary storage within workload domains, in VMware Cloud Foundation.  The early access capability offers customers the ability to maximize investment protection in existing storage resources with the deployment flexibility for workloads that have external storage specific requirements such-as low latency transaction processing.

 

Customers now have a full complement of high value solutions to cost-effectively manage their data-centers based on HCI and composable infrastructure delivered by Dell EMC and VMware.

 

 

Must See VMworld Sessions

Learn more about the latest set of innovations from Dell EMC and VMware at VMworld by attending these sessions:

 

SESSION TITLE SESSION NUMBER TIMES/ROOMS
Power Composable Hybrid Cloud with VMware Cloud Foundation on Dell PowerEdge MX HBI1140BU Monday 8.26 2:30-3:30
Deploy and Maintain K8s Infrastructure with PKS on VMware Cloud Foundation HBI1038BU Monday 8.26 1:00-2:00PM
Moscone West Level 2/2000
DevOps MSPs and SISOs Manage Containers – Wipro Case Study HBI1585BU Weds 8.28 10:00-1100AM
Moscone West Level 3/3022
Build a Smart City with VCF and NTT

 

HBI1928BU Weds 8.28 11:00-12:00PM
Moscone West Level 2/2014
VMware Cloud Foundation Strategy, Capabilities and Technology Direction HBI1432BUR Mon 8.26 12:30-1:30PM
Thursday 8.29 10:30-11:30AM
VMware Cloud Foundation on VxRail the Simplest Path to Hybrid Cloud HBI1286BU Thurs 8.29 9:00-10:00AM
Moscone West Level 3/3016
VMware Cloud Foundation on VxRail: Accelerate Your Path to Hybrid Cloud HBI1027BU Tues 8.27 11:00-12:00PM
Moscone West Level 2/2002
Running High Value Workloads on the Dell Technology Cloud with VCF HBI4115BU Monday 8.26 5:30 -6:30PM
Moscone South Room 160

 

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Don’t forget to meet with the VMware Cloud Foundation experts in the VMware booth at VMworld.