Over the last decade, converged infrastructure
(CI) solutions have been used to implement virtualized infrastructure over a three-tier configuration that is packaged, sold and supported as a single entity. In place of three separate vendors supplying and supporting the three tiers, with CI, customers gain faster ordering
, less problem-prone deployment and less administrator burden.
Intel® Xeon® processor.
With the advent of software-defined storage
, vendors began offering HCI, which collapses two of the three tiers in the CI offering above.
Dell EMC has been a clear leader in CI solutions since 2009
when they introduced their Vblock® systems from VCE™, a joint venture undertaken with EMC, Cisco Systems, Intel and EMC subsidiary VMware. VCE added VxRack™ (ScaleIO® based) to the portfolio in 2015. In 2016, EMC announced the VxRail, a VMware vSAN based HCI solution.
This paper discusses the Dell EMC VxRail HCI product family, along with hardware and software that can be purchased as DIY or standalone solutions
. This paper then discusses a recent TCO study that compares these two solutions.
Intel Inside®. New Possibilities Outside.