LAS VEGAS — Hoping to build momentum for its hyperconverged infrastructure franchise, Dell will ship an all-NVMe, single-socket VxRail system later this month that will be the first to work with VMware’s Project Monterey.
The upcoming system will feature Nvidia’s next-generation GPUs and density emulators, and will target users who need a high-performance computing platform to run data-intensive applications. The system assigns to the non-volatile memory express standard, a storage access protocol that provides superior performance over systems assigning to legacy protocols.
The all-NVMe platform will allow Monterey Project Use Data Processing Units (DPUs) to increase VxRail’s overall data processing speed. Project Monterey, previewed by VMware in August 2020, is a redesigned version of VMware vSphere that allows IT to offload certain application services onto specialized chips, such as DPUs. Transferring such services could free up to 25% of a processor’s capacity, Dell officials say.
VMware should first Monterey project on the upcoming Dell EMC VxRail system later this year at its annual VMworld conference.
VxRail helps expansion plans
The system updates come as Dell reports a steady increase in VxRail sales over the past three years. In 2019, 9,600 customers used the product, and by early 2022 that number had grown to just over 15,000, according to Dell.
Some of these customers shared their experience with VxRail during a panel discussion at Dell Technologies World here this week.
John Beck, head of Vanguard’s compute and storage infrastructure group, moved parts of the company’s on-premises data center to multiple remote facilities to take the financial institution out of the data center business. He credits VxRail and Dell’s strategic guidance for helping him realize this plan.
“Since 2017, we have expanded our offices around the world, which is what we needed to do to adapt to a very demanding trading cycle in the financial markets that extends beyond 24 hours,” Beck said.
Vanguard now has offices not only in the United States, but also in Canada, Mexico and Australia.
Ford DonaldDirector of Engineering, Kohl’s North America
In addition to advice from Dell, Beck attributed the plan’s success to a team of largely younger people who are in tune with Vanguard’s needs and who could quickly point out what solution would be best for the environment, namely a hyperconverged infrastructure.
What motivated Ford Donald, director of engineering at Kohl’s in North America, to deploy VxRail four years ago was the rapid growth of the company’s stores, which now number more than 1 100.
“There was a clear trend that as the number of stores increased, the complexity of the technologies we wanted to apply to storage also increased,” Donald said. “Just adding another server to a server stack was not a good roadmap.”
But applying a predictable set of technologies that work in concert with Dell VxRail has made it easier to open stores more efficiently, he said.
“VxRail allowed us to create a stack and quickly populate it with a variety of virtual machines that could get the job done,” Ford said.
SMC Corporation, a manufacturer of pneumatic control devices, initially purchased VxRail and set up two nodes primarily for development and testing purposes, according to Mike Loggins, global vice president of IT at SMC. Over the past few years, he has worked hard to ensure that the 70 different companies that make up SMC operate as one organization. His first step was to better control the infrastructure.
“We spent a lot of time doing this,” Loggins said. “We found that the core of this effort was to create private cloud locations around the world that would allow us to consolidate. That would make it easier.”
SMC uses the VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) in concert with VxRail to better leverage public and colocation clouds, and to implement a “smoother” effort to bring together a wide range of disparate systems.
“I knew we weren’t able to buy enough servers to follow the path we were on,” Loggins said. “VCF gives you that Lego block feel of being able to just plug it in and give you that extra processing and storage capacity to start consolidating.”
An IT administrator who works for a financial institution in Nevada said that while earlier versions of VxRail did not meet his needs, he is encouraged by the prospect of the upcoming all-NVMe system.
“In the beginning, when [VxRail] was announced, it didn’t meet the compute needs for the workloads I had. It was too targeted,” said the IT admin, who requested anonymity. “But they expanded the use cases for it. With the extra computing power, it now holds my attention.”
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