Dell updates hyperconverged boxen with second-gen AMD Epyc server processors

VxRail gets rugged version, dalliances with AMD, Optane and NVIDIA Qaudro GPUs


Dell’s updated its VxRail hyperconverged boxen.

A new E Series offers the second-generation AMD Epyc processor, the first VxRail dalliance with AMD.

The new D series has been ruggedised to handle extreme temperatures, up to 40G of operational shock and the vicissitudes of operating at altitudes of up to 15,000 feet. Dell therefore recommends the device for use at remote sites, aboard ships or planes, and in factories or mines. The D-series is also useful stubby, boasting a depth of only 20 inches.

Dell VxRail D Series with AMD inside

The new D Series box, which Dell has chosen to depict without showing off its stubbiness

Intel’s Optane storage-class memory and NVIDIA Quadro RTX GPUs are other new options, the latter able to be virtualised to share around the graphical goodness. Dell reckons adding support for these devices makes VxRail more suitable for jobs like running SAP or AI workloads.

The D series makes a lot of sense given Dell and VMware’s drive to have hyperconverged devices considered as the best way to deploy a homogenous many-premises hybrid cloud. And the E series means those who enjoy Epyc performance can get it. Or continue sticking it to Intel with the occasional non-Chipzilla purchase to keep suppliers honest.

There’s also a new cut of the VxRail HCI System Software that adds “the ability to run pre-upgrade health checks on demand and cloud-based management and orchestration”. The impact of that addition is better lifecycle maintenance for VxRail clusters, regardless of location. And those clusters can now be a mere four nodes, which Dell pitches as quite the cost-saver.

Dell dominates the hyperconverged infrastructure hardware market with 33.6 percent market share, according to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker release last week. Nutanix is in second spot with 13.1 percent. VMware leads the hyperconverged software market with 42.4 percent, ahead of Nutanix’s 28.3 percent. HPE has a small sliver of both markets and Cisco a 4.3 percent slice of the software segment. But NetApp and IBM are scarcely contenders while new entrants like Datrium aren’t yet registering.

The new Dell boxen go on sale on June 23. ®


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