Who’s Holding Your Data Wallet?

The volume of data created by today’s enterprise workloads continues to grow exponentially. Data growth combined with advancements in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and containerized application platforms, creates a real challenge supporting critical business requirements. This can really place heavy demand on your infrastructure. Adaptability and agility means having the right resources to service ever changing needs. Performing at scale while keeping up with data growth to deliver business critical outcomes comes from a well architected solution that comprehends all the functional ingredients: networking, storage, compute, virtualization, automated lifecycle management, and most importantly the applications. It also comes from a close partnership between customers and technology suppliers to understand the business drivers needed to deliver a best in class outcome.

Would you ask a stranger to hold your wallet full of cash? Metaphorically speaking, this might be what you’re asking an emerging technology vendor or a startup in the storage space to do if you hand over your key data currency. You might be willing to take a chance on a new pizza delivery service, but I bet you would think differently if someone came to your house to collect all your data.

We respect the innovation that emerging technologies and startups bring. However, when it comes to your most valuable asset – data – it’s important to partner with a vendor with a proven track record of leadership and experience who will be there for you well into the future. One such example is the Dell EMC VxFlex software-defined storage (SDS) platform, which offers customers the kind of predictable scalable performance required to host their critical application workloads and data storage in a unified fabric.

The VxFlex platform is capable of growing compute or storage independently, or in an HCI configuration with linear incremental performance while sustaining sub-millisecond latency. No matter what deployment model you need today or in the future, VxFlex provides the flexibility and non-disruptive upgrade path to host any combination of workloads, without physical cluster segmentation, that scales modularly by the node or by the rack. Whether you need to support conventional Windows and Linux applications or next generation digital transformation initiatives, VxFlex helps you reduce the risk associated with future infrastructure needs.

VxFlex can handle your most critical and demanding workloads in a full end-to-end lifecycle managed system using an adaptable myriad of hypervisors, bare metal, or container technology combinations to meet or exceed your requirements. A great example of VxFlex at work is the Dell EMC VxFlex solution for Microsoft SQL Server 2019 Big Data Clusters, which deploys a future-proof design that improves business outcomes through better analytics. This solution highlights the use of persistent storage for Kubernetes deployments and performance sensitive database workloads using a unified compute, networking and systems management infrastructure that makes it operationally complete. VxFlex software-defined architecture provides an agile means to blend changing workloads and abstraction models that can adjust as workload demands change.

Dell Technologies is a market leader across every major infrastructure category and enables you to proactively leverage technology for competitive advantage. Dell Technologies gives you the ability to drive your business and not be driven by technology. Learn more about how Dell EMC VxFlex can help you achieve your IT goals.

About the Author: Michael Richtberg

Michael Richtberg is a product strategy industry expert in virtualized data center infrastructure including storage, hyperconverged, cloud, virtual desktops, mobility and security that spans more than 30 years with brand leaders like Dell, Oracle, Citrix, and NCR and start-ups in the software-defined storage and hyperconverged industry. His work has generated innovations resulting in billions of new revenues for the computer software, hardware and cloud industry by building new offerings that enable customers to become more productive through better security, higher mobile flexibility, making data storage more cost effective, and optimizing data center infrastructure options. Michael is part of the Dell EMC Storage CTO Council. He also leads product strategy and business development for the PowerFlex software defined storage product family.