Ready Stack repacked: Dell EMC unloads DIY converged infrastructure designs
Also upgrades VxBlock options
Dell EMC has assembled Ready Stack designs for punters who want to build validated converged infrastructure stacks – customers can use any combo of server, storage and networking as long as it's Dell EMC gear, natch.
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The publicly-listed biz has also added new componentry to its VxBlock CI system – that's the one with the Cisco servers and networking.
The VxBlock 1000 (PDF) now supports:
- Unity Hybrid Flash arrays models 300, 400, 500 and 600,
- Data Domain high-availability models DD6800, DD9300, and DD9800,
- Cisco UCS C480 (M5 rack server),
- Cisco UCS 6454 gen 4 fabric interconnect,
- VxBlock Central
- Orchestration Workflows with vRealize Orchestrator v7.5,
- Operations analytics with vRealize Operationa v7.0,
- VMware vSphere v6.7.
The Unity 300, 400, 500 and 600 surfaced in May 2016. The Data Domain products were listed over a year ago so it has taken a while for them to head into VxBlock land.
This group of validated designs – which was released solely to tech channel firms last year – allows customers to directly build their own CI systems using all Dell EMC components – so no Cisco servers or networking gear here.
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There are four options:
- VMware-based IaaS on PowerEdge MX servers and PowerMax storage,
- VMware vSphere on PowerEdge gen 14 servers and Unity storage,
- Hyper-V on PowerEdge gen 14 servers and Unity storage,
- Build your own design using any combo of Dell EMC's server, storage, networking and data protection options.
Check out a reference architecture guide here (PDF). ®