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Dell EMC gives PowerEdge boost to Hyper-Converged Infrastructure solutions

Hyper-Converged Infrastructure boost for Dell PowerEdge


Dell has unveiled its fourteenth generation PowerEdge servers, designed and optimised for HCI, customers of all sizes can expect even more powerful and predictable performance with even greater configurability for hosting a wide-range of mission critical software applications on Dell EMC VxRail and XC Series appliances.



According to IDC research, HCI is the fasted growing converged infrastructure segment, by far, with worldwide revenue growing 48.5 percent year over year in Q2 of 2017, now accounting for nearly 25 percent of overall converged infrastructure solutions sold. IDC research shows Dell EMC is No.1 in global HCI systems with 29 percent of all Q2 segment revenue and year over year revenue growth of 149 percent. Dell EMC VxRail is one of the fastest growing HCI appliances worldwide with rapid customer adoption driving more than 275 percent year-over-year revenue growth, more than 5.7X the market growth rate

“Customers transforming their IT are increasingly turning to hyper-converged infrastructure as an ideal foundation for simplifying IT today and for the future. With HCI designed as a software-defined infrastructure, achieving ultimate performance and reliability relies on tightly engineering software with optimal hardware and its configurations. Dell EMC’s turnkey, pre-integrated, tested and validated HCI appliances enable customers to simply stand-up and scale IT infrastructure, backed by trusted dependability and performance, to help IT organisations more easily meet the growing demands of their businesses.”

- Chad Sakac, president, Converged Platforms and Solutions Division, Dell EMC

Dell EMC PowerEdge 14th generation servers, based on Intel® Xeon® Processor Scalable Family, include 150 custom requirements for software-defined storage (SDS) built-in, making it uniquely optimised for HCI. This includes improved support for SSDs in scale-out deployments; faster initialisation and streamlined data storage management; increased drive cooling for improved reliability; and, optional, common user interfaces across server and HCI platforms for Dell EMC systems management capabilities.


The upgraded Dell EMC HCI appliance portfolio offers customers significantly faster access to applications and data thanks to higher core counts, faster clock frequency, more memory channels, and faster memory resulting in up to 1.7x more processing power and up to 62 percent higher internal bandwidth.3


Dell EMC HCI appliances include the Dell EMC VxRail Appliance family, powered by VMware vSAN™ and jointly engineered with VMware, and the Dell EMC XC Series, designed for customers seeking choice of hypervisors, including Microsoft Hyper-V, or multi-hypervisor environments. These HCI appliances help simplify the entire lifecycle with advanced automation – with unique software that simplifies deployment, management, scaling, support and maintenance – making it easier for customers from day one.

“The Dell EMC XC Series has enabled us to provide academics at the University of Reading reliable access to self-service computing resources, allowing them to complete critical research in a timely manner. We’re looking forward to the new platform’s capabilities to help us provide even greater performance and efficiency for expanding our Research Cloud.”

- Ryan Kennedy, academic computing team manager, University of Reading

Dell EMC PowerEdge 14th generation servers, based on Intel® Xeon® Processor Scalable Family, include 150 custom requirements for software-defined storage (SDS) built-in, making it uniquely optimised for HCI. This includes improved support for SSDs in scale-out deployments; faster initialisation and streamlined data storage management; increased drive cooling for improved reliability; and, optional, common user interfaces across server and HCI platforms for Dell EMC systems management capabilities.


The upgraded Dell EMC HCI appliance portfolio offers customers significantly faster access to applications and data thanks to higher core counts, faster clock frequency, more memory channels, and faster memory resulting in up to 1.7x more processing power and up to 62 percent higher internal bandwidth


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