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Neutrino nodes for VCE VxRack System 1000 simplify on-premises IaaS

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EMC's new Neutrino nodes are designed to simplify the provisioning of IaaS stacks such as OpenStack, VMware Photon and Apache Hadoop.

Previously, EMC offered two types of nodes for its VCE VxRack System 1000.

SDDC nodes were engineered for VMware environments, while Flex nodes were meant for customers who want to run other hypervisors such as Hyper-V or KVM.

The new Neutrino nodes are designed to support multiple cloud-native IaaS and data stacks including OpenStack VMware Photon Platform and Apache Hadoop.

"It's all about supporting multiple cloud-native stacks," said EMC converged systems division president Chad Sakac.

"We see a groundswell of customers talking to us about this new open standard [OpenStack]," EMC converged platforms division APJ CTO Matt Oostveen told iTWire.

He stressed that EMC is using the OpenStack trunk, not a customised distribution.

Neutrino nodes also form part of EMC Native Hybrid Cloud - a fully engineered turnkey developer platform that accelerates and simplifies cloud-native application development and deployment using Pivotal Cloud Foundry.

EMC claims customers can deploy an enterprise-grade cloud-native IaaS in just a few days with built-in automation, and dynamically provision resources for the first time in less than one hour.

"Don't waste time building what you can buy," suggested Sakac.

VxRack systems can be as small as one-third of a rack, yet they can scale in small increments to thousands of nodes across multiple racks, thanks in part to pre-integrated physical networking that is architected for extreme scalability.

They also feature a simple user interface, lifecycle management through pre-tested software and hardware releases and upgrades, and more than 30% improved TCO by simplified administration, elastic expansion, non-disruptive software and hardware upgrades, and lower lower power, cooling, and floor space requirements compared to traditional infrastructure.

"The VxRack System 1000 Series is helping IT organisations solve challenges by providing new ways of serving workloads associated with both traditional and growing web and mobile applications," said Sakac.

"As open source technologies for the development of cloud-native applications and services become more prevalent, IT organisations need a stable platform like the VxRack with Neutrino Nodes for on-site IaaS that can successfully run production workloads."

VxRack System with Neutrino Nodes support for OpenStack will be available in the third quarter of 2016.

VxRack System with Neutrino Nodes support for Photon Platform and Hadoop Apache will be available next year.

VxRack System 1000 prices start at US$300,000.

Disclosure: The writer attended EMC World 2016 as a guest of EMC

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