VCE President Chad Sakac runs the blog virtualgeek.typepad.com, and his latest entry ‘VxRail 3.5 aka the “Ghent” June update is now GA!‘ contains lots of information from an insider’s perspective on the 3.5 release of VxRail.
You can read Chad’s full detailed post on his blog, but we thought we’d draw attention to his reasons why customers are choosing VxRail:
In his own words:
“Imagine… if a customer is using vSphere, why wouldn’t they:
– Pick the only HCI which is an extension of their standard?
– Pick the only HCI that is jointly engineered with VMware?
– Pick the only HCI that has single support with VMware (seriously, does any customer want to get in the middle of a multi-vendor fight when they need support?)
– Pick the highest performing HCI?
– Pick the most cost effective HCI?
– Pick the only HCI that is optimized for all-flash (when clearly we’ve crossed the inversion point)?
– Pick the only HCI that integrates with the leading backup storage = Data Domain and the DPS suite for VMware?
If you’re a vSphere customer – look at the list above, and make VxRail something you evaluate.
If you’re NOT using vSphere (or are scaling past 64 nodes) then VxRail is NOT the Hyper-converged Appliance for you (and check out VxRack).”
In addition, Chad offers some insight into where VxRail is headed:
“Where are we going next (and fast!)?
– Rapidly accelerated and improved hardware supply chain. While the value is in software, the hardware supply chain matters for the offer. Demand exceeded supply for a large part of May, we’re now catching up (good problem to have!) VxRail will have the best HCIA hardware out there, bar none.
– Start even smaller (getting down to 3, then 2 node minimums from the 4 of today) – VxRail scales bigger than any HCIA out there (and VxRack goes even further!) with these it will also start smaller.
– Expanded hardware configurations – while the 2U4N form factor is the right place to stop – we will rapidly expand to 1U1N (ridiculously small starting $$) and 2U1N (great for very storage dense, or GPU VDI use cases) form factors.
– … And a little further out, leveraging NVMe and NGNVM, the Purley generation refresh, next-gen vSphere and VSAN, and “linking” VxRail with it’s bigger sibling (VxRack SDDC) – stay tuned!”