Dell EMC already offers its VxRack — another flavor of its HCI — on EHC and now does the same for VxRail to allow small-to-midsized enterprises to scale at a better price point. The HCI appliance serves as the on-premises part of the hybrid cloud.
“The big thing here if you look at VxRail, which is an HCI with a much smaller infrastructure, is having that ability to start small and grow, which is a critical differentiator,” says Kevin Gray, director of product marketing for Hybrid Cloud Platforms at Dell EMC.
When customers buy EHC, it will now come prepackaged with VxRail in addition to all of the hardware, software, virtualization, and the vRealize Suite.
While VxRail is an HCI appliance that allows customers to consolidate storage and compute into a single piece of infrastructure, it’s still a fairly basic infrastructure. EHC allows users to build a more complex infrastructure on top of that including self-service IT, automatic provisioning, and analytic insight into the infrastructure, says Colin Gallagher, director of product marketing for VxRail. “It brings a cloud experience to the underlying infrastructure.”
Additionally, because EHC is subscription-based, organizations are able to receive updates and enhancements easily.
This new setup is ideal for deployments ranging from 200 to 1,000 virtual machines (VMs), compared to the VxRack, where customers typically start at 1,000 VMs. This makes EHC running on VxRail better for enterprises that are looking to start with a small-scale deployment and then grow.
Dell EMC has customers running these appliances on EHC in areas like the service provider industry, insurance, education, and human resources.