Expand HCI Possibilities with New VxRail Automation, Analytics and Workload Support

Back in August, at VMworld US, Dell Technologies announced automated Kubernetes infrastructure deployments, integrated Lifecycle Management (LCM) and performance enhancements for Dell EMC VxRail, the fastest and simplest way to deploy Dell Technologies Cloud, that enable IT to keep pace with the speed of business.

Just a few months later, we’re at VMworld Europe (booth #D401) with announcements that illustrate how Dell EMC VxRail, the only HCI platform built with VMware, for VMware, to enhance VMware environments, ensures customers can unlock innovation, foster operational freedom and evolve their IT operations simply and predictably.

Today’s announcements underscore VxRail’s important role in the industry-leading Dell Technologies HCI portfolio. Introducing these new innovations to the fastest growing HCI system among top 3 brands[i] enables customers to expand workload possibilities, extend network configuration automation to data center scale and predictably evolve with machine-learning powered multi-cluster management.

Expand Your Workload Possibilities

Whether our customers are deploying VxRail in the cloud, core or at the edge, our new platform enhancements are designed to accelerate innovation and data center modernization.

We are excited to introduce two new all NVMe-based platforms with 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors that offer increased performance while enabling customers to take advantage of decreasing NVMe costs:

  • The VxRail P580N all-NVMe four-socket (4S) platform is ideal for SAP HANA workloads, delivering 2x the CPU and memory per system over our prior generation.
  • The new VxRail E560N all-NVMe 1U platform, designed for high performance workloads at a competitive price point, ensures customers can choose the best platform to meet their workload and budget requirements.

With the latest release of NVIDIA virtual GPU software, GPU virtualization extends beyond VDI workloads. NVIDIA Virtual Compute Server (vComputeServer) software available with VxRail, enables increased utilization, added security, and ease of management in virtualized environments. Capitalizing on their innovation, we are now offering NVIDIA T4 GPUs in 1U E series platforms, providing a cost-effective platform for AI, deep learning inferencing at the edge, and of course VDI workloads.

Automation at Scale

We believe that automation across the data center is key to fostering operational freedom. As customers expand VxRail clusters across multiple racks, their networking needs expand as well. Working with our internal Dell EMC Open Networking partners, we have expanded HCI network fabric automation with the introduction of Dell EMC

VxRail P Series

SmartFabric Services (SFS) for multi-rack VxRail clusters. Dell EMC SmartFabric Services radically simplifies multi-rack VxRail deployments. Administrators only need to enter one command per switch and Dell EMC SFS will automate over 99% of the configuration steps for multi-rack leaf and spine fabrics! We’re fully automating fabric configuration for 6 switches in a 2-rack deployment, and up to 14 switches in a 6-rack deployment across a single site. Dell EMC SFS is the perfect example of the power of the Dell Technologies portfolio – no other vendor brings this level of operational freedom to HCI customers.

Playing Our ACE

Back at Dell Technologies World, we let everyone know everyone know that Dell EMC VxRail had an ACE up its sleeve – the VxRail Analytical Consulting Engine (ACE).

Today, we’re ready to play our hand, thanks to the 500+ customers that helped us accelerate time to market for our new analytics consulting engine, Dell EMC VxRail ACE. Developed on Pivotal Cloud Foundry using Agile development methods, VxRail ACE availability was accelerated through a 6-month early access program that enabled customers to participate in the test and development process.

With Dell EMC VxRail ACE, customers can further automate VxRail cluster management, optimize IT operations and anticipate growth requirements. Dell EMC VxRail ACE delivers customers an enhanced management experience with global views of all their clusters, health scores, drill down analytics, anomaly alerts, predictive capacity analysis and upgrade orchestration.

Experts to Speed Your Time to Value

VxRail E Series

Dell Technologies Consulting can help customers quickly realize the benefits of their platform investment with our ProConsult Migration services.

Looking for advice or assistance with analytics projects? Our consultants can help you and plan, implement and optimize solutions and infrastructure that enable you to drive value from your data and create a competitive advantage.


Dell EMC VxRail ACE will be available this month. Dell EMC VxRail P580N, E560N platforms and Dell EMC SmartFabric Services will be available in December.

Barcelona Bound? Experience VxRail in Person!

On behalf of the entire VxRail team, we are passionate about delivering an unparalleled HCI portfolio designed to help customers meet their business needs and streamline operations while pursuing data center modernization and IT transformation.

We love talking to our customers and prospects, you are what makes our business so successful and we want to hear from you! If you’re here in Barcelona, stop by the Dell Technologies booth (#D401) to learn more about these exciting new announcements and experience VxRail like you never have before- with augmented reality!  We’ll look forward to seeing you there.

[i] IDC Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker, September 24, 2019

Gil Shneorson

About the Author: Gil Shneorson

Gil is a business and technology executive with over 30 years leadership experience in international business management, engineering, marketing, operations, GTM planning and execution, direct and through partnerships and General Management. In his current Dell EMC role, Gil is leading Dell Technologies’ Edge strategy and execution, working with customers, partners and the Dell product groups to ensure Dell delivers the best solutions for customers when it comes to their Edge computing challenges.