After spending day 1 of Dell Technologies World touting VMware software integrations with Dell EMC hardware to enable hybrid cloud, day 2 highlights include a new bundled SD-WAN product and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) updates. Both rely heavily on VMware’s software — and further illustrate the importance of VMware’s technology to the newly public Dell Technologies as it stretches its product portfolio from the data center to the cloud and edge.
The new Dell EMC SD-WAN Edge is an integrated platform that bundles VMware SD-WAN by VeloCloud software as a subscription with Dell EMC hardware. Similar to the VMware Cloud for Dell EMC offering announced yesterday, this product also targets edge use cases as customers modernize their WANs to handle hybrid-cloud environments.
Dell Technologies Consulting Services also debuted three new services for customers adopting SD-WAN technologies. These services span the advisory, design, and implementation phases with consultants helping customers plan, customize, and properly scale the platform.
In terms of core data center products, Dell rebranded its open networking switch portfolio as Dell EMC PowerSwitch. It says the new name “reflects the powered up modern enterprise that supports massive volumes of data traffic, across all points of the edge, core, and cloud.”
Dell EMC PowerSwitch S5200-ON is the first switch family with the new portfolio name. It is available in 12- and 24-port options, and the vendor claims it more than doubles the performance of previous models. It also includes a new half-width version designed for HCI environments.
The new switch family will also support HCI deployments managed by VxRail with SmartFabric Services integration — this is a feature that creates an integrated product between the fabric and a hyperconverged cluster infrastructure such as VxRail. For VxRail, Dell EMC SmartFabric Services automates up to 98 percent of the steps for network fabric design, validation, and deployment, according to the vendor.
Dell EMC also renamed its HCI products that are aligned with VMware’s software stack. The systems previously known as VxRail and VxRack are now called VxRail and will be available as an appliance or integrated rack. In addition to rolling out the Dell Technologies Cloud platform with VMware’s Cloud Foundation software integrated with VxRail yesterday, today the companies said the HCI systems will also support Dell EMC’s 25GbE switch, which is also certified for SmartFabric Services.
Dell EMC is now offering early access to VxRail Analytical Consulting Engine (ACE), a centralized data collection and analytics platform that uses machine learning (ML) to perform capacity forecasting and self-optimization across the entire HCI stack. ACE also performs remote measurement and diagnostics to help IT automate day-to-day management and make decisions.
“Right now it’s collecting data and providing suggestions,” said Jon Siegal, vice president of product marketing for converged platforms and solutions at Dell EMC. “But eventually, overtime it will make suggestions about what actions should be taken, and then ultimately taking that action, making it more of an autonomous infrastructure.”
And finally, the company is unifying its HCI integrated systems under one brand: VxFlex. This product line caters to customers not standardized on VMware. “And it’s called Flex for a reason” Siegal said. “It supports multiple hypervisors, multiple deployment options, and today we’re introducing a new VxFlex appliance.”
This new appliance has the same scalability and networking flexibility of what Dell EMC used to call VxRack, but it comes in a smaller form factor compared to the larger-scale integrated rack.