He made that statement at VMworld, and when you think about it, producing a co-engineered product wouldn’t be rocket science. VMware offers hyperconverged infrastructure in the form of the VxRail appliance, which includes servers. Dell owns servers. The math isn’t hard.
Dell’s role is the use of Dell EMC PowerEdge servers inside the product. (Recall that Dell EMC is now the name of the former EMC, while the whole of Dell is formally named Dell Technologies.)
Predictably, VxRack SDDC also runs VMware’s Cloud Foundation, a software stack that includes vSphere, VSAN, and NSX network virtualization. That makes it suitable for turnkey installations in a software-defined data center, Dell says.
Twenty-four VxRack nodes can fit in one standard equipment rack, and the product scales up to 192 nodes across eight racks, Dell says.
VxRack SDDC is one of a few personas of the VxRack platform. VxRack was a brand name used by VCE, the joint venture between VMware, Cisco, and EMC, but EMC bought most of Cisco’s stake and then, of course got acquired by Dell on Sept. 7. The vce.com URL is now occupied by a Dell EMC page. (UPDATE: Dell has confirmed that the VCE brand name is no more.)
Despite owning all this technology, Dell continues to hedge its bets to account for customer choice. In fact, Dell recently extended its reseller pact with hyperconverged infrastructure player Nutanix to June 2021.