EMC, VMware unveil hyperconverged VxRail appliance

The aim is to create software defined storage natively integrated with vSphere in a single product family with one point of support.

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EMC's converged infrastructure arm VCE has unveiled its range of VxRail appliances in a bid to rival upstarts Nutanix and Simplivity in the hyper converged infrastructure market.

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Foreshadowed earlier this month, the VxRail appliance family combines EMC's data services and systems management with VMware's Sphere and Virtual SAN software. The aim is to create software defined storage that is natively integrated with vSphere in a single product family with one point of support.

The appliances will run EMC's data services including replication, backup and cloud tiering at no additional charge. In addition, RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines, Virtual SAN, vSphere Data Protection and EMC Data Domain are all available.

Meanwhile, the VCE VxRail Manager will provide hardware awareness with near real-time notifications about the state of applications, VMs and events. VxRail Appliances can use EMC cloud tiering to extend to more than 20 public clouds such as VMware vCloud Air, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and soon Virtustream for an additional 10TB of on-demand cloud storage per appliance.

"The new appliances put IT organizations on a path to eliminating complexity and collapsing cost structures," said Chad Sakac, president of the Converged Platforms division of EMC, in a statement.

More: New VCE VxRail appliance offers shortcut to software-defined data center

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