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The VCE VxRail Series delivers virtualization, compute, and storage in a scalable, easy to manage, hyper-converged infrastructure appliance.

 

VxRail Appliance is built on Intel Xeon processor-based x86 hardware with the VxRail™ Manager software bundle, and support for other value-added software from VCE, EMC, and VMware.

 

The VxRail Manager software bundle includes the following:

 

  • VxRail Manager for deployment, configuration, and management
  • VMware vSphere, including ESXi
  • VMware vCenter Serve
  • VMware Virtual SAN for storage
  • VMware vRealize Log Insight

 

The VxRail Appliance

 

The VCE VxRail Appliance includes the appliance hardware, VxRail Manager, EMC Secure Remote

Services (ESRS), and access to qualified EMC software products.

 

The following VxRail Appliance models are available:

 

VxRail Appliance with Hybrid Nodes

 

  • VxRail 60
  • VxRail 120
  • VxRail 160
  • VxRail 200

 

VxRail Appliance with All-flash Nodes

 

  • VxRail 120F
  • VxRail 160F
  • VxRail 200F
  • VxRail 240F
  • VxRail 280F

 

 

Features

 

The VxRail Series offers advanced features including automatic deployment, automatic scale out, fault

tolerance, and diagnostic logging.

 

Automatic deployment

 

The VxRail Manager fully automates the installation and configuration of all nodes in an appliance after

you input the basic IP address information.

 

Automatic Scale-out

 

The VxRail Series provides automated scale-out functionality by detecting a new VxRail Appliance on the

network. When a new VxRail Appliance is powered on you can add it to your existing cluster or create a

new cluster, replicating the configuration, and expanding the datastore in a cluster.

 

Node failure tolerance

 

The VxRail Series supports from 0 to 3 node failures, as defined by the VSAN FTT policy.

 

The VxRail Series implements the standard Virtual SAN policy of one failure by default:

 

  • An entire node can fail and the system will continue to function.
  • Disk failure cannot affect more than one node. One SSD can fail or as many as three HDDs on the same node can fail.
  • One network port on any node can fail without affecting the node.
  • Network failover is through the virtual switch configuration in ESXi. This is automatically configured by VxRail Manager during initial setup.

 

Logging and log bundles

 

The VxRail Series provides logging and log bundles through VxRail Manager.

 

VxRail Appliance cluster expansion

 

Your VxRail Appliance cluster can be scaled in single node increments from a minimum of four nodes up

to a maximum of 32 nodes. The VxRail Manager automated installation and scale-out features make it

easy to expand your cluster as your business demands grow.

 

Each VxRail Appliance holds up to four nodes. If the number of nodes in a cluster is not a multiple of four, you will have a partially populated appliance chassis in the cluster. You can use the empty slots in the chassis for future expansion.

 

You can mix different VxRail Appliance models in the same cluster. You must adhere to the following

guidelines when deploying a mixed cluster:

 

  • All appliances in the cluster must be running VxRail Manager version 3.5 or higher.
  • First-generation appliances (sold under the VSPEX BLUE name) can be in the same cluster with VxRail Appliances, as long as they are running VxRail Manager version 3.5 or higher.
  • Appliances using 1GbE networking (VxRail 60 Appliances) cannot be used in clusters with 10GbE networking.
  • 6G hybrid nodes cannot be used in clusters with 12G all-flash nodes.

 

VxRail Appliance cluster scalability is supported to a maximum of eight appliances or 32 nodes. However, scalability to 16 appliances or 64 nodes per cluster may be allowed. You must submit a request for product qualification (RPQ) to EMC for clusters over 32 nodes.

 

Reference:

 

VxRail Data Sheet

VxRail Specification Sheet

 

 

To grow and succeed you need to differentiate yourself from your competitors. To support the business as an enabler, your IT organization must break down silos of complexity and streamline operations to keep pace with today’s on-demand business culture and users.

 

Dell EMC VxRai enables you to buy business outcomes. It accelerates and simplifies IT through standardization and automation (such as Oracle DBaaS…), allowing you to focus on:

 

•    Getting infrastructure operational as quickly as possible while leveraging existing investments and skill sets

•    Enabling (not impeding) business applications

•    Making infrastructure growth transparent to the needs of the application and users

 

VxRail is the only fully integrated, preconfigured, and tested HCI (Hyper Converged Infrastructure) appliance powered by VMware Virtual SAN and is the easiest and fastest way to extend a VMware environment. VxRail provides a simple, cost effective hyper-converged solution that solves a wide range of your challenges and supports most applications and workloads.  Dell EMC VxRail features purpose-built platforms that deliver data services, resiliency, and QoS, enabling faster, better, and simpler delivery of virtual desktops, business critical applications, and remote office infrastructure.

 

The VxRail Appliance architecture is a distributed system consisting of common modular building blocks that scale linearly from 3 to 64 nodes in a cluster. With the power of a whole Storage Area Network (SAN), it provides a simple, cost-effective hyper-converged solution that delivers multiple compute, memory, storage, network and graphics options to match any use case and cover a wide variety of applications and workloads.

 

Based on industry-leading VMware Virtual SAN and vSphere software and built with new 5th generation Intel™ Xeon™ processors, the Dell EMC VxRail Appliance allows customers to start small and grow, scaling capacity and performance easily and non-disruptively. Single-node scaling and storage capacity expansion provide a predictable, “pay-as-you-grow” approach for future growth as needed.

 

The Dell EMC VxRail Appliance comes stacked with mission-critical data services at no additional charge. Data protection technology including EMC RecoverPoint for VMs and VMware vSphere Data Protection are incorporated into the appliance, with the option of adding Data Protection Suite for VMware and Data Domain Virtual Edition (DD VE) for larger environments that require more comprehensive data protection. EMC Cloud Array also built in to seamlessly extend the Dell EMC VxRail Appliance to public and private clouds to securely expand storage capacity without limits, providing additional on demand cloud tiering included.

 

Running Oracle database applications with a software defined datacenter and VxRail hyper-converged architecture, all resources are virtualized so they can be automatically deployed, with little or no human involvement. Database applications can be operational in minutes, shortening time to value and dramatically reducing IT staff time spent on application provisioning and deployment.

 

The Dell EMC VxRail Appliance is also backed by world-class support with a single point of contact for both hardware and software, and includes Dell EMC ESRS for call home and proactive two-way remote connection for remote monitoring, diagnosis, and repair to ensure maximum availability.

 

In the next a few blogs, I will talk more about VxRail Technologies, benefits for Oracle database and the Oracle licensing strategy to save software costs.

 

Reference:

 

VxRail Data Sheet

VxRail Specification Sheet

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When

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Questions

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