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VMware Hyper-Converged Infrastructure allows the convergence of physical storage onto industry-standard x86 servers, enabling a building block approach with scale-out capabilities. All key data center functions run as software on the hypervisor in a tightly integrated software layer — delivering services that were previously provided via hardware through software. VMware provides a unique, software-defined approach to hyper convergence, leveraging the hypervisor to deliver compute, storage and management in a tightly integrated software stack. Industry-leading software for VMware Hyper-Converged Infrastructure is offered on the broadest set of consumption options, from Dell EMC VxRail, a turnkey VMware Hyper-Converged Infrastructure appliance, to more than 200 certified platforms in the form of vSAN ReadyNode. VMware vSphere is an industry-leading virtualization platform that provides server virtualization.

Use VMware vSAN as it is the only vSphere-embedded storage solution that delivers flash-optimized, high-performance, hyper-converged storage for virtual machines. With VMware vCenter Server it is the unified and extensible management solution for vSphere environments. Industry-leading VMware Hyper-Converged infrastructure powered by vSAN gives you the broadest choice of hardware deployment options. The vSAN ReadyNode program includes more than 150 certified x86 systems available from all the major server vendors. Dell EMC VxRail is a turnkey hyper-converged infrastructure appliance. Jointly engineered by VMware and Dell EMC, which offers the most streamlined deployment experience. As the only native-vSphere storage, vSAN enables you to seamlessly extend virtualization to storage. Creating a hyper-converged solution that simply works with your existing tools, skill sets, software solutions and hardware platforms.

VMware Hyper-Converged Infrastructure — Reduce TCO

VMware vSAN now further reduces risk with the first native VMware Hyper-Converged Infrastructure security solution. Protecting data-at-rest while offering simple management and a hardware-agnostic solution. vSAN continues to offer the broadest set of deployment choices supported by the large, proven vSAN ReadyNode ecosystem of leading server vendors. Faced with tight IT budgets, customers are turning to HCI powered by vSAN to lower TCO up to 50%. vSAN can dramatically reduce costs due to hardware choice, server-side economics, and affordable flash. Your operations become easier with fewer tasks and intelligent automation. That can be managed through one tool and a unified team. The simplicity allows you to respond to business demands faster and more intelligently. New enhanced stretch clusters deliver site and local protection at half the cost of leading traditional solutions.

Scale to Tomorrow

As your businesses continue to evolve, the agility of VMware vSAN helps you prepare for tomorrow’s IT demands — whether that requires expanding into the public cloud or rapidly deploying the latest flash and server technologies to gain a competitive advantage. VMware vSAN also supports a wide range of applications, from current business critical applications to next-gen applications and containers. When combined with NSX, a VMware vSAN powered SDDC stack can extend on-premises storage and management services across different public clouds ensuring a consistent experience. VMware vSAN ReadyNode are the most flexible x86 building blocks on which to deploy VMware hyper-converged Infrastructure software. Industry-leading VMware has partnered with all the leading x86 server vendors to provide a broad choice of pre-certified hardware enabling you to deploy hyper-converged infrastructure with maximum flexibility of hardware, software, licenses and support.

Dell EMC VxRail

The Dell EMC VxRail appliance, exclusively available from Dell EMC and VMware, is the easiest and fastest way to implement a VMware powered HCI solution. With the power of a whole SAN in just 2 rack units, it provides a simple, cost-effective hyper-converged solution for a wide variety of applications and workloads. With VxRail, IT organizations can start small and easily scale capacity and performance by non-disruptively adding appliances to the cluster without the investment or up-front planning required with traditional infrastructure. As the only fully integrated, preconfigured, and pre-tested VMware hyper-converged infrastructure appliance family on the market, VxRail dramatically simplifies IT operations while lowering your overall capital and operational costs. Combined with Dell PowerEdge server options, VxRail offers highly configurable appliances that meet any use case.
VMware Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

Benefits

Servers deployed the conventional way operate at less than 15 percent of capacity. Virtualization rewrites the entire equation. CPU and memory are decoupled from physical hardware, creating pools of resources for use wherever needed. Each virtualized application and its operating system are encapsulated in a separate, isolated software container called a virtual machine (VM). Many VMs can be run simultaneously on each server, putting the majority of hardware capacity to productive use. As the foundation for VMware’s complete software-defined data center platform, vSphere with Operations Management is the starting point for building your software-defined data center.

With vSphere in place, you can seamlessly extend virtualization to storage and network services and add automated, policy-based provisioning and management. In contrast to SDN, in which hardware remains the driving force, VMware network virtualization technology truly decouples network resources from underlying hardware. Virtualization principles are applied to physical network infrastructure, abstracting network services to create a flexible pool of transport capacity that can be allocated, utilized and repurposed on demand.

Features

With a scale-out and resilient operations platform, administrators get control over performance, capacity and configuration management. Predictive analytics and smart alerts help identify and rectify potential issues before they impact service quality. Intuitive performance dashboards provide app-to-storage visibility across physical, virtual and cloud environments. Log management capabilities extend analytics to unstructured data, for better visibility and faster problem resolution. Over and under provisioned VMs are right-sized to balance service level requirements with resource utilization.

Powerful capacity modeling identifies “what if” scenarios to anticipate and optimize future infrastructure spend. CIOs and IT executives can demonstrate and compare the costs of complex initiatives and investments, including private and public clouds. Users can see the cost of service in the service catalog. Visibility and transparency of the types, cost and quality of IT services consumed by a business unit, enable show and charge back the quantity and types of IT services consumed. Industry benchmark data and reporting help compare IT expenses to peer companies and cloud service providers, for informed sourcing decisions that drive down costs.

Software-Defined Storage

VMware’s Software-Defined Storage (SDS) strategy is to evolve storage architectures through the pervasive hypervisor, bringing to storage the simplicity, efficiency, and cost-savings that server virtualization brought to compute. Software-defined storage abstracts the underlying storage through a virtual data plane, making the VM, and thus the application, the fundamental unit of storage provisioning and management across heterogeneous storage systems. By creating a flexible separation between applications and available resources, the hypervisor can balance all IT resources — compute, memory, storage and networking — needed by an application.

Software-defined storage solutions enhance today’s data center by delivering per-application storage services, SDS applies at the VM level, allowing storage services to be tailored to the precise requirements of an application and adjusted as needed on a per-application basis, without affecting neighboring applications. Administrators are in complete control of which storage services, and therefore costs, are consumed by which application. SDS uses a dynamic and non-disruptive model, just as in compute virtualization. IT admins can precisely match application demand and supply at the exact time the resources are needed. Storage services become fluid — a little more for this application now, a little less for that one later.

Virtualization

In a close analogy to the virtual machine, a virtualized network is a software container that presents logical network components — logical switches, routers, firewalls, load balancers, VPNs and more — to connected workloads. These virtualized networks are programmatically created, provisioned and managed, with the underlying physical network serving as a simple packet—forwarding back plane. Network and security services are allocated to each VM according to its needs, and stay attached to it as the VM moves among hosts in the dynamic virtualized environment.

VMware’s network virtualization platform — VMware NSX — deploys on top of existing physical network hardware and supports the newest fabrics and geometries from all vendors. Existing applications and monitoring tools work smoothly with NSX without any modifications.

VMware NSX

VMware NSX Software-Defined Networking lets you treat your physical network as a pool of transport capacity, with network and security services attached to workloads using a policy driven approach. This automates networking operations and eliminates bottlenecks associated with hardware based networks. The provisioning and configuration management of IT applications and services is often a manual, slow, error prone and inconsistent exercise. It can result in critical security and operational bottlenecks for the business and puts an organization at a competitive disadvantage. These challenges extend to networking and security, the last major pillar of the data center that has been lacking automation capabilities that truly remedy the shortcomings of legacy approaches.

VMware NSX is the network virtualization platform that enables the automation of networking and security services. Applications and data can reside and be accessible anywhere. With VMware NSX Software-Defined Networking you can reduce the time to provision entire networks in software from weeks to seconds. It abstracts virtual networks from the underlying physical network, providing the flexibility to run on top of any network hardware. With improved operational efficiency through automation, network operators can achieve faster deployment and greater agility. Enables network micro segmentation.