PowerEdge and VMware: HCI Innovation for the New Data Center

The data center is evolving at a rapid pace. As architectures adapt and grow in complexity to take advantage of new applications and technologies, new challenges always creep in.

“How do I adapt to unknown demands?”

“How do I manage all of this complexity?”

“Will my storage performance keep up?”

A natural progression towards a more server-centric architecture, along with the increasing adoption of Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) is addressing these core challenges. To further drive this adoption, Dell EMC has designed HCI-focused tools that integrate into your existing data center and keep it moving forward.

Our HCI architectures easily scale with the addition of nodes, while compute and storage virtualization offers more resiliency in case of a failure. For management simplicity, the OpenManage vCenter plug-in integrates server management into your vCenter console.

The rise of flash significantly changes storage performance. I/O challenges are no longer solved with an increase in the number of spindles. Now you solve it with flash. For example, a traditional HDD provides 400 4K IOPS, a PCIe NVMe SSD provides 750,000 4K IOPS.

With the launch of the new generation of PowerEdge servers and vSAN Ready Nodes, Dell EMC and VMware combine to create a scalable infrastructure that delivers intelligent automation and a secure foundation with no compromises.


With VMware vSAN you get the industry-leading software powering HCI solutions and with Dell EMC PowerEdge you get the world’s best-selling server. This combination of VMware vSAN with PowerEdge, provides up to 12X more IOPS in a vSAN cluster and 98% less latency, as well as a fully integrated management solution with vSAN Ready Nodes.

vSAN Ready Nodes from Dell EMC are pre-configured and easily orderable through templates optimized by profiles and use cases. A new factory installation process utilizes the Boot Optimized Storage System (BOSS) cards, installing the hypervisor on a robust bootable device without having to sacrifice drives from your vSAN storage capacity.

The Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes are pre-configured and validated building blocks that offer the most flexibility while reducing deployment risks, improving storage efficiency, and allowing you to scale at the speed your business desires.

By choosing a Dell EMC PowerEdge vSAN Ready Node with OEM licensing, and our latest vSAN Pro Deployment services, you get a single point of contact for sales and support for the entire solution.

For more information on Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes, visit: dell.com/en-us/work/shop/povw/virtual-san-ready-nodes

About the Author: Ravi Pendekanti

Ravi Pendekanti is Senior Vice President of Server Solutions Product Management at Dell, Inc. His organization is responsible for developing and bringing Dell’s flagship line of PowerEdge Servers and Converged Infrastructure systems to market, covering a broad spectrum of global customers from cloud service providers and small businesses to large enterprises and organizations, all running a wide range of workloads. Most recently, Ravi served as the Vice President of the Platform Business Group at Oracle where he looked after GTM activities including Product Marketing and Sales Enablement related to the platform business that included Engineered Systems (Exadata, Exalogic, OVCA and SuperCluster), Servers, Solaris and Networking. With over two decades of extensive global experience in the enterprise and SMB segment in both hardware (servers, storage and networking) and software, Ravi has also held leadership roles at Juniper Networks, Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems and Silicon Graphics. He holds a MS in Computer Science and BS in Electrical Engineering.