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Fast and Flexible: The Future of HCI is Here with Dell EMC VxRail Appliance, powered by VMware vSAN

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Tue, Aug 28, 2018 @ 12:39 PM

Planning for the future means endless possibilities.  Where should our data be stored?  How VMW_09Q3_LOGO_Corp_Gray-2do today’s infrastructure decisions impact our end-state goal?  Where are our workloads going to be run?  What are our future capacity needs?  As an IT professional these questions are constantly at the forefront of your mind.  According to research firm IDC, hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is leading the fastest growing segment of storage solutions[1], making it the hot topic in every discussion.

Today’s IT executives have been keeping a watchful eye on the improvements in HCI since it has been around for several years but has only recently seen rapid adoption.  New generations of HCI solutions provide faster deployment, lower cost of operations, and increased ROI—making the modern enterprise more flexible and agile.  As businesses of all sizes see the benefits of adopting HCI, the adoption rates continue to compound.

vmware_hyperconverged_softwareWhile the benefits to HCI may sound too good to be true the data backs it up. The agile infrastructure that Dell EMC VxRail, powered by VMware vSAN, provides to its users requires 73% less staff time to deploy and 51% less support time with a 5-year ROI of 619%[2].  VxRail also lowers operational costs of a build-your-own (BYO) node by 46%[3].  When looking at returns like these CIOs are sure to smile.

Implementing an effective HCI strategy gives you the ability to manage not only storage, but also networking and computing to reduce your data center complexity and increase scalability.  VxRail provides these benefits by improving operational efficiencies, automating deployment, and accelerating your time to production.  VxRail combines VMware vCenter and vSphere with Virtual SAN to give your enterprise the power of the industry’s #1 HCI portfolio.[4]

By adopting an HCI strategy led by VxRail your enterprise puts itself in position to grow as quickly as needed.  For those who choose to keep their data on-prem, you’re still able to scale as your workloads expand.  After the minimum 3 node cluster reaches capacity, individual nodes can be added—up to 64 nodes per cluster.  This ensures a “pay-as-you-grow” scenario—only seeing an increase in costs as you see an increase in your return.


We can’t talk HCI without addressing the elephant in the room.  Cloud workloads are being adopted at an ever-increasing rate and every IT executive has to consider the impact of moving their workloads there.  Luckily VxRail already has taken cloud into consideration and provides a seamless transition from your appliance to the public cloud.  This native hybrid experience is only possible with VMware. 

Regardless of where your workloads will be running HCI, you are already prepared for the future.  The infrastructure for a multi-cloud environment is in place.  Workloads can be kept on-prem and moved at your convenience.  Multi-cloud tenancy complexity is simplified with VMware VxRail.


Clearpath and VMware have established a solid hyperconverged infrastructure strategy.  With VxRail you have the performance and reliability for the widest range of workloads with full lifecycle management from a single point of support.  With Clearpath providing your HCI vision, direction, and strategy, your foundation will be established with the future in mind.  Planning your HCI strategy with Clearpath gives you the peace of mind that your business can advance at the speed necessary in today’s IT environment.   

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[1] Hyperconvergence Gathers Speed in 2018, Network World, November 2017

[2]  IDC, “The Business Value of Modernizing Infrastructure with Hyper-Converged Systems,” October 2017

[3] Silverton Consulting, “TCO Study: Dell EMC VxRail vs BYO HCI”, July 2017

[4] IDC Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker, 3Q17 Vendor Revenue, December 2017

Topics: VMware, Data Storage, Dell EMC, vSAN, HCI, VxRail

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