Dell today said Dell Engineered Solutions for VMware EVO:RAIL Horizon Edition offers 63.9 percent cut in total cost of ownership (TCO) over three years compared to a do-it-yourself solution.
The reduction in TCO is possible due to a reduction in power consumption and operating costs, said Dell while announcing the launch of Dell for VMware EVO:RAIL Horizon Edition, a workload-optimized technology solution, offering customers with faster time-to-value, elasticity and better ease of use.
With the launch of Dell Engineered Solutions for VMware EVO:RAIL Horizon Edition (HE), Dell has become the first IT vendor to offer a hyper-converged virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) appliance for VMware EVO:RAIL.
Jim Ganthier, VP and general manager, Engineered Solutions and Cloud, Dell, said: “Dell and VMware are collaborating to take the time, difficulty and costs out of private cloud or virtual infrastructure deployment and operations so our customers can shift their focus to projects that have a positive impact on the future of their business.”
Using Dell servers and storage with VMware EVO:RAIL software, this new offering enables customers to deploy infrastructure for virtual desktops to end users based on business demand. They can also scale based on demand.
The company promises that Dell Engineered Solutions for VMware EVO:RAIL provide zero downtime, easier upgrades, patch management and integrations with existing VMware management tooling. For instance, updating Dell Engineered Solutions for VMware EVO:RAIL takes 88 percent fewer steps compared to a do-it-yourself solution.
EVO:RAIL reduces the steps required to stand up a new private cloud from 683 to 50 — speeding up the deployment process and reducing the possibility for human error, decreasing risk of delays and downtime.
This apart, Dell Engineered Solutions for VMware EVO:RAIL HE, the first EVO-based, hyper-converged VDI solution, reduces the traditional ordering cycle by one third, cutting implementation from weeks to hours and pilot time from months to weeks.
Dell Engineered Solutions for VMware EVO:RAIL Horizon Edition eases complexity by reducing the number of steps to deploy by up to 92 percent compared to a do-it-yourself solution. Each appliance scales to approximately 250 virtual desktop VMs, and the current maximum of eight appliances allows for approximately 2,000 virtual desktop VMs.
The Dell Engineered Solutions for VMware EVO:RAIL allows customers to easily scale performance, bandwidth and capacity by adding appliances as their business needs increase, reducing the number of steps to bring on more servers from 329 to 17.
The update increases the maximum scalability of a single cluster from four appliances to eight, with each appliance designed for approximately 100 general purpose virtual machines (VMs). With each appliance containing four server nodes, the new maximum cluster size is increased from 16 to 32 nodes, supporting approximately 800 general purpose VMs.