Acknowledging that the converged infrastructure (CI) market is a profitable, in-demand sector, Dell EMC has sharpened its focus on delivering a streamlined CI product to maintain its primary position in the data center market.
Converged infrastructure unifies compute, storage, and networking components into a turnkey product. According to IDC, “these modern converged solutions provide a stable, reliable, and operationally efficient platform for mission- and business-critical applications while ensuring those systems have the performance and scalability to be critical elements in new digital business efforts.” IDC indicates worldwide CI sales have seen an increase of 9.1 percent year over year, with Dell Inc. coming in first for its converged infrastructure product. The IDC report mentions that Dell (Dell plus Dell EMC) received $735 million in sales, which is a whopping 42.9% market share.
Simplicity and the Dell EMC Converged Infrastructure
Dell EMC pursues simplifying the data center as its strategy to maintain its leading position in the CI market. Dell EMC began its quest for simplicity with an organizational restructuring in January 2018. The company decided to eliminate the Converged Platforms and Solution Division (CPSD), which housed the CI and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) teams. It moved its CI group to the storage division and its HCI employees to its server division. Matt Baker, senior vice president of Dell EMC strategy and planning, told CRN that this restructuring “is all about streamlining how we build and deliver systems, and that should be a benefit not just to our direct customers, but also to our channel partners.”
Dell EMC again targets simplicity with its most recent announcement regarding its CI product. In a press release, Dell EMC revealed the VxBlock System 1000. Trey Layton, senior vice president, engineering, Dell EMC Converged, told SDxCentral that “VxBlock is about selling a transformational Dell EMC storage experience into the Cisco UCS ecosystem with very intimate integrations into VMware for virtualization. So we’ve doubled that flexibility dramatically.”
VxBlock Systems allows for some customization when it comes to the compute, storage, and virtualization components. Storage can be built from a variety of Dell products, compute from Cisco products, and virtualization from VMware, Dell, or Cisco products.
The company touts that the VxBlock System 1000 brings the following improvements to the Dell EMC converged infrastructure:
- It supports all workloads.
- It streamlines lifecycle management via pre-validation.
- The product has the ability to use four types of storage arrays, which elevates server scalability.
- It pools resources for data center efficiency.
- Lifecycle performance management of the product eases operational tasks for the IT team.