Dell EMC World 2017: VxRack FLEX Updates!
- May 9, 2017
We’re seeing a ton of growth and demand around VxRack FLEX.
As a reminder – VxRack FLEX can be described in a single sentence: “If you want an insanely scalable and flexible HCI Rack-Scale system, with hypervisor of choice or bare metal… one that can start small and scale out – VxRack FLEX is for you.”
The “keyword” with VxRack FLEX is in the name: FLEXIBILITY. Broad configurability, broad workload choice. With an underpinning of ScaleIO – it’s performance and scaling is like nothing else out there. And, like all VxRack Rack-Scale systems – it includes the physical network and the SDN as part of the system domain.
We’re working furiously on expanding the automation and management and orchestration domain – with Project Symphony building on top of iDRAC, PowerTools for full HCI management.
VxRack FLEX is a CRITICAL strategic platform for Dell EMC. Why? Let me explain with a paragraph and a picture.
First – a picture!
This picture illustrates two very, very different ARCHITECTURAL approaches. I use the words “vertical” and “horizontal” to group them.
Second – a paragraph.
“Composability” is another word for what we are doing today with VxRack FLEX – programmatic infrastructure with a clear, consistent API surface, and that can scale compute, network, storage in very independent ways. Frankly, I think the way that we’re doing it is better than HPE – our focus is NOT on very proprietary hardware and binding the software management layer tightly, but rather making it a loose coupling of open micro services. Our ingredients will always be based on our massive supply chain and PowerEdge innovation engine. Why? Because frankly otherwise you never get the scale economics that customers demand. Time (and customers and the market!) will tell.
There’s a lot going on in VxRack FLEX land…
But the most important thing for me are customers. I love getting pictures from customers that are choosing the wise path of buying what they shouldn’t build themselves 🙂
Thanks for sharing, and thanks for being our customers!
What about YOU – do you think you’re biased towards “vertical stacks” or “horizontal stacks” – or a blend of both? What do you think the market is going to prefer over time? Share your opinion and experiences – go ahead and comment!