William Tan, head of Enterprise Solutions, Dell Malaysia
DSA’s “hyperconverged in happening” interview series targeted key hyperconverged vendors operating in the ASEAN market, and asked them each of them the same five question. Our aim is to get an idea of the focus and strengths of these different offerings to help readers decide which might be the right vendor for them to look into more deeply. William Tan, head of Enterprise Solutions and Dell Malaysia has done a good job of explaining Dell’s hyperconverged strategy and also giving benefits of hyperconverged appliances in general.
Hyper-converged is happening – Dell
1 – What’s your definition of hyper-converged?
Hyper-convergence (or hyper-converged infrastructure) is an integration of compute, network, storage and management software into a single x86-based server deployed in scale-out clusters. As the embodiment of the software-defined data center, it eliminates storage complexity and provides the flexibility and agility that business demands from IT.
2 – What are the key benefits to IT if hyper-converged architecture?
The key benefits of a hyper-converged architecture include:
· High availability: Enables higher levels of availability than possible in legacy systems
· Scalability: A scalable building-block approach that allows IT to expand by adding units, like a LEGO set
· Data efficiency: Reduces storage, bandwidth and input/output per second (IOPS) requirements
· Cost efficiency: Brings to IT a sustainable step-based economic model that eliminates waste
· Virtual Machine (VM) mobility: Enables greater application/workload mobility
· Data protection: Comprehensive backup and recovery, and affordable disaster recovery
3 –Is there any use case for which hyper-converged is not well suited?
Hyper-convergence provides the flexibility to organizations to cater to different use cases including virtual desktop infrastructure, cloud, Big Data, data protection and remote/branch offices for various industries including financial services, government, retail and oil and gas. With hyper-convergence, the possibilities are endless for organizations who want a more modular, agile data center. Bottom line, if it runs in a virtual environment, it will run in a hyper-converged infrastructure.
4 –Is cost saving the main driver for hyper-converged?
While organizations would enjoy potential cost savings, organizations should also take into consideration other factors such as operational efficiency and data protection.
5 – What’s Unique about your hyper-converged offering?
In April this year, we collaborated with Nutanix to develop the Dell XC Series Version 2.0 appliances based on our Dell PowerEdge 13th generation server platform, a very compelling offering for customers seeking a web-scale, converged approach to IT. These new appliances have more processor and storage options for precise workload matching and more granular, pay-as-you grow scalability. Our close partnership with Nutanix is one of the reasons why the XC Series has such a unique presence in the industry. It’s the only Tier 1 hardware platform combined with best-of-breed web-scale technology. We also offer the industry’s first XC appliance with a 1U form factor which is able to support more virtual desktops in half the rack space and at a lower cost.
In addition to Nutanix, we have also partnered with VMware, Microsoft and RedHat in the hyper-convergence space. We worked closely with VMware to deliver the Dell Engineered Solutions for VMware EVO: RAIL, a new appliance aimed at delivering next generation building blocks for the data center. It combines Dell 2U/4 node servers and virtual infrastructure management software from VMware into a hyper-converged appliance, helping customers achieve faster time-to-value, provide elasticity to their environments and enable greater ease of use to speed infrastructure and application workload delivery. We recently announced an integration of our storage solutions with Microsoft Storage Spaces, a collaborative effort with Microsoft to bring to market a set of validated and tested building blocks that can be used in custom deployments as well as turn-key solutions. Lastly, we have also partnered with RedHat, the world’s leading provider of open source solutions on the Dell Red Hat Cloud Solution, a co-engineered, enterprise-grade private-cloud solution based on OpenStack. The upgraded solution is co-engineered with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and Dell PowerEdge R630 and R730xd high-density rack servers to address enterprise customer demand for more flexible, elastic and agile IT services.