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EMC and VMware Debut Hyper-Converged VCE VxRail Appliance Family

The VxRail appliances combine EMC’s data services and systems management with VMware’s hyper-converged software in one system with a single point of support. By ChannelPro

EMC Corporation and VMware Inc. have unveiled the VCE VxRail Appliance family, a series of integrated and jointly engineered hyper-converged infrastructure appliances (HCIA) for VMware environments. The appliances bring together EMC data services and systems management capabilities with VMware's hyper-converged software, including VMware vSphere, vCenter Server, and VMware Virtual SAN software defined storage natively integrated with vSphere, all in a single product family with one point of support. Hybrid storage or all-flash VCE VxRail Appliances are designed to extend and simplify VMware customer environments and deliver key performance and capacity advantages in a simple, turnkey and easily scalable HCIA.

The VCE VxRail Appliance family enables businesses to start small, with a couple of virtual machines (VMs), and scale to thousands of VMs with a predictable "pay-as-you-grow" approach. 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 76TB of flash.

The appliances feature integrated EMC mission-critical data services including replication, backup, and cloud tiering. EMC RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines provides per-VM replication and automated disaster recovery for critical workloads. Virtual SAN active-active stretch clusters offer site level, zero data loss protection. Integrated vSphere Data Protection delivers backup and recovery using existing tools and can optionally backup to EMC Data Domain for centralized storage and management.

VCE VxRail Manager provides hardware awareness with up-to-the-minute holistic notifications about the state of applications, VMs, and appliance leveraging VMware Log Insight capturing events. Additionally, the appliances link to more than 20 public clouds such as VMware vCloud Air, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and very shortly Virtustream.

VxRail Appliances also integrate with the broader VMware vSphere ecosystem, including VMware's cloud management platform, VMware vRealize Operations, and VMware Horizon Air.

"The new VCE VxRail Appliance family puts IT organizations on a path to eliminating complexity and collapsing cost structures with hyper-converged infrastructure while leveraging their existing VMware investments. The VxRail Appliance completes our broad portfolio of Vblock, VxBlock, and VxRack Systems to provide customers with a converged infrastructure that meets nearly every workload from the edge to the core regardless of size," says Chad Sakac, president, VCE, the Converged Platforms Division of EMC.

All-flash VxRail Appliances will be available in Q2 2016.

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