Thursday, 02 May 2019 05:50

Dell updates infrastructure offerings

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Dell Technologies has used its annual Dell Technologies World event to introduce an extensive range of new and updated infrastructure products.

The new Dell EMC DSS 8440 server is a two-socket, 4U server designed for machine learning applications and other compute-intensive workloads.

It can be configured with four, eight or 10 Nvidia Tesla V100 GPUs, and includes high-speed I/O and extensive local storage for workloads such as modelling, simulation, predictive analysis, and training machine learning models.

The DSS 8440, which ships this quarter, will "complete your AI task faster than anyone else['s product]," said Dell Technologies president and Dell EMC chief technology officer John Roese.

Dell EMC SD-WAN Edge powered by VMware (available July 2019) bundles a VMware SD-WAN by VeloCloud software subscription with Dell EMC hardware and a single support number.

The company’s open networking switch family is being rebranded as Dell EMC PowerSwitch, and the first product with the new name is the Dell EMC PowerSwitch S5200-ON. Available immediately, it provides up to 2.5 times the performance of previous models, and for the first time comes in a half-width version designed for HCI environments. 12- and 24-port models are available.

The Dell EMC PowerSwitch S5248-ON can now be managed by VxRail with SmartFabric Services. When used with VxRail, Dell EMC SmartFabric Services automates up to 98% of the steps for network fabric design, validation and deployment. The S5248 is the first 25GbE switch certified for SmartFabric Service.

The Dell EMC VxFlex appliance (available now) is the latest member of the company's hyperconverged family. Despite the smaller, economical form factor that makes it accessible to organisations that do not need rack systems, it can still scale as requirements increase. Dell EMC is now using the VxFlex name for all products running VxFlex OS, including the systems formerly known as VxRack Flex. VxFlex is aimed at customers that do not exclusively use VMware.

The new Dell EMC VxFlex OS 3.0 software delivers greater storage efficiency, according to the company. It is available now for VxFlex Ready Nodes, and in July 2019 to the VxFlex appliance and integrated rack.

VxRail users can now request early access to VxRail Analytical Consulting Engine (ACE), which is designed to keep an HCI system operating at peak performance by applying machine learning for capacity forecasting and self-optimization.

The orchestration software for VxRail systems has been renamed VxRail HCI System Software. It can be deployed as part of a data center modernisation project, or as a foundation for hybrid cloud.

"We're in a great position [in the HCI market," Dell EMC vice-president of HCI engineering Lewie Newcomb told iTWire, because the company offers its customers the choice of VxRail for running VMware and VxFlex for other hypervisors or for bare-metal servers. The VxFlex family offers great performance and being software defined it allows customers to separate applications and storage where that makes more sense (eg, for software licensing reasons).

"HCI is in the sweet spot for the on-premises cloud," and Dell EMC has "one of the most scalale products in the marketplace."

Dell Technologies Consulting Services also is debuting three new SD-WAN services — Advisory, Design and Implementation — to help customers plan, customise and properly scale the platform.

In addition, Dell Technologies has introduced ProConsult Advisory Services (preparation of an actionable plan and roadmap to help achieve business outcomes), ProDeploy (for up to 66% faster deployment times, and ProSupport Plus (for up to 48% faster resolution of severity 1 issues).

"This is the most exciting time I've seen in my 30 plus years in technology,” said Dell Technologies vice chairman of products and operations Jeff Clarke.

"It’s a digital world. The degree to which organisations harness the power of their data capital will determine the winners and losers in the digital economy. The whole point of our Dell Technologies portfolio – from the edge to the core to the cloud - is to help our customers innovate, meet these disruptive challenges head on – and win."

Disclosure: The writer attended Dell Technologies World 2019 as a guest of the company.

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