• Paul Fingleton

Dell EMC to boost Data Centre Modernisation with next-gen Converged Infrastrcture

VxBlock System 1000 designed to flexibility and simplify lifecycle management

Dell EMC has released its latest converged infrastructure (CI) system with the addition of the next generation Dell EMC VxBlock System 1000. The new system breaks the physical boundaries of traditional CI and offers enterprises increased simplicity and flexibility to aid with IT and digital transformation efforts.

The VxBlock 1000 is designed to support workloads of all types and includes a much broader choice of storage arrays, data protection and compute than previous-generation VxBlock Systems. This new system’s all-in-one, multiple-technology design expands upon CI’s promise by further simplifying IT infrastructure lifecycle management through extensive pre-validation. This enables IT staff to be freed from time-consuming administrative tasks so that they can focus on higher-value, business innovation projects.


“When customers deploy CI, what they are really looking to do is invest in technology that removes data center cost while, ultimately, improving outcomes, Our role is to deliver CI innovation that has the right mix and capacity of IT resources and data services that evolving applications require, but with pooled resources, so the data center is more efficient even as workload requirements change. We offer this with a focus on reducing administrative burden for IT teams under constant pressure to deliver more with less.”

- Jeff Boudreau, president, Dell EMC Storage Division.


Next generation converged infrastructure further simplifies data centre operations and offers new storage and compute options.

The VxBlock 1000 builds on Dell EMC’s history in CI with a multitude of new capabilities designed to help enterprises reap the benefits from a wider breadth of technologies than previously supported. These benefits are in addition to traditional CI advantages such as lower operating expenses and a five-year return on investment of up to 640 percent. Compared to previous generation Dell EMC VxBlock Systems, the VxBlock 1000 offers improved:

  • Business agility by applying the right mix and capacity of IT resources and data services that evolving applications require – when they need them. For the first time, customers can mix four types of storage arrays – Dell EMC Unity, VMAX, XtremIO, and Isilon – and now can opt for Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers, in addition to Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers, and a broad range of Dell EMC data protection products all in one system. Compared to previous generations, the VxBlock 1000 increases server scalability by 56 percent (from 512 to 800 servers) and now supports up to ten storage arrays.

  • Data centre efficiency by pooling resources to maximise system use, preventing stranded capacity and increasing return on investment while reducing rack space by up to 60 percent2. With pooling of diverse resources in a single system, customers can allocate and re-allocate pooled compute, storage and data protection resources to specific applications, as business and workload requirements change, instead of having to work across and manage multiple disparate systems.

  • Operational simplicity by delivering a turnkey, engineered system with lifecycle assurance that frees up IT staff to focus on innovation. The VxBlock 1000’s native support for mixed technologies offers improved simplicity for physical infrastructure, infrastructure administration and lifecycle management by reducing data centre footprint (fewer cabinets, LAN and SAN switches, power supplies and system management hardware and software). In addition to offering fewer components to manage and support daily, the VxBlock 1000 can reduce overall system lifecycle administration time for multi-technologies by 'up to' 75 percent.

The Dell EMC VxBlock 1000 is available globally beginning today via Dell EMC and its channel partners.