EMC’s VCE VxRack System 1000 Goes “Cloud Native”

EMC has expanded its VCE VxRack System 1000 to provide a “turnkey cloud-native IaaS experience” through new ‘Neutrino’ nodes. The expanded VCE VxRack System 1000 is designed to support multiple cloud-native IaaS and data stacks while enabling provisioning of cloud-native IaaS environments in less than one hour.

With EMC’s VxRack System, customers would be able to deploy an enterprise-grade cloud-native IaaS in just a few days with built-in automation as well as dynamically provision resources for the first time in less than one hour.

In addition, the software automation layer enables simple ‘day two’ operations including monitoring and reporting, single click software upgrades, and single vendor support of these open-source, cloud-native IaaS and data stacks, automating what customers have discovered is a complex changing ecosystem and operational tasks that require rare and deep expertise.

emc vce vxrackThe EMC VxRack System with Neutrino Nodes is a foundation for multiple cloud-native services including OpenStack, VMware Photon Platform, and Apache Hadoop. VxRack System with Neutrino Nodes also serves as one of the underlying IaaS options for the new EMC Native Hybrid Cloud (NHC) platform. NHC is an engineered turnkey platform that would deliver developer and infrastructure services in as few as two days.

“Organizations need to drive out costs associated with IT and one of the best ways to do this is to buy vs build infrastructure,” said
Colm Keegan, Senior Analyst, ESG. “The VxRack System 1000 Series with its choice of optimized nodes is making it possible for more workloads to run on engineered systems so IT organizations can spend their time delivering new services and applications that drive the business. The new Neutrino Nodes are bringing the simplicity, predictability and speed to cloud native IaaS environments.”

VxRack System 1000 Node Options

In addition to the new Neutrino Nodes, EMC provides FLEX Nodes and SDDC Nodes that are optimized for specific workloads:

  • VxRack with FLEX Nodes leverages EMC ScaleIO software-defined storage to create a flexible, open and heterogeneous foundation for delivering IaaS at scale. It is optimized for enterprises, data centers and service providers that want an easy deploy software-defined architecture optimized for a wide range of traditional enterprise workloads across a heterogeneous set of abstraction models. As more nodes are added, throughput and IOPS would increase. Performance scales linearly and bottlenecks would be avoided. This system can start as small as a single Node and can scale to many thousands of Nodes – delivering thousands of CPU cores, more than a petabyte of RAM, many tens of petabytes of storage capacity, and tens of millions of IOPS.
  • VxRack with VMware SDDC Nodes is purpose-built for IT organizations that have standardized on VMware software defined data center cloud technologies and want the best foundation for a wide variety of enterprise workloads. The SDDC Nodes comprise of hardware and software components including VMware vSphere Enterprise, VMware Virtual SAN, VMware NSX, vCenter Server, and key components of VMware vRealize Suite. The VMware technologies are used in data centers at hundreds of thousands of mid- to the largest- scale organizations. Customers gain single pane of glass visibility and control for both physical and virtual resources.

Regardless of the type of Node deployed, a VxRack System is designed to provide customers an accelerated time to market for new services and applications, and reduced IT complexity to deliver speed, agility and security. The EMC VxRack System would provide the following:

  • emc cloud computingAbility to start small (1/3 rack) and scale big (many racks, hundreds or thousands of nodes) by “quickly” adding nodes in “cost effective” increments to meet evolving demands.
  • A fully integrated Cisco rack-scale spine-and-leaf network fabric with pre-integrated physical networking that is architected for extreme scalability, a “distinct advantage” at scale versus hyper-converged appliances that leave the networking domain outside the system and support boundary. Each Node type would also brings software-defined networking capabilities in addition to the physical network layer.
  • A “simple user interface” to efficiently deploy, monitor, and support system resources.
  • Complete lifecycle management through pre-tested software and hardware releases and upgrades.
  • Software-defined storage, compute and networking for the deployment of next generation mobile, cloud and mixed workloads including traditional and cloud focused applications.

“Our plan was to build our own test and development platform for continuous integration until we learned about the VxRack with Neutrino Nodes and how it will reduce time, risk and costs associated with this project,” said Lance Albertson, Director, Oregon State University / Open Source Lab. “Having an OpenStack approach based on the VxRack System will dramatically enhance the lab’s ability to provide cloud-native services with the agility, scale and reliability we need to truly embrace digital transformation.”