EMC and VMware announced the new VCE VxRail Appliance family.
It includes integrated and jointly engineered hyper-converged infrastructure appliances (HCIA) for VMware environments.
The family consists of VMware’s hyper-converged software that includes VMware vSphere, vCenter Server and VMware Virtual SAN.
Both the companies said, the jointly engineered VCE VxRail Appliances tightly integrate virtualization, compute, storage and data protection in one system with a single point of support.
They also noted that the hyper-converged VCE VxRail Appliances extend the hallmark benefits of VCE converged infrastructure to small businesses, medium-sized enterprises, and department or regional offices for virtualization and end-user computing use cases.
VxRail Appliances are available as a set of configurations and scale points. Entry systems for small and medium businesses and remote offices start at a list price of $60,000 and options for performance intensive workloads have more than 76 TB of flash – over 2X more flash than any other hyper-converged appliance.
According to ESG’s research on hybrid cloud trends, 70 percent of IT respondents plan to invest in HCI over the next 24 months.
Moreover, 85 percent of these same respondents indicated that they plan on leveraging their existing investments in private cloud software, like VMware vCenter Server and vCloud Director framework technology, to serve as the foundation for their hybrid cloud environment.
“As such, the new VMware and VCE VxRail Appliance could make for a very compelling offering to for those looking to implement a highly flexible and highly scalable hyper-converged infrastructure appliance, with private and hybrid cloud computing capabilities, while still leveraging the same VMware management tools that they have been using for years,” said Colm Keegan, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group.