VCE takes on Nutanix and SimpliVity with VxRail appliance
EMC and VMware jointly released a new family of hyperconverged infrastructure appliances specifically designed to run VMware environments. The VCE VxRail appliances compete directly with Nutanix, SimpliVity and other vendors developing hyperconverged infrastructure appliances.
A CRN article indicated praise from VCE reseller partners. They're considering it a serious competitor to the likes of SimpliVity and Nutanix. Built on whitebox servers and VMware vSphere, vCenter Server and Virtual SAN software, the VxRail appliances are being positioned as an easy-to-use deploy and manage hyperconvergence infrastructure product for cash-strapped enterprises.
There's a lot packed into the appliances. Besides VMware's hyperconvergence software, VxRail appliances are also outfitted with EMC replication, backup, cloud tiering and RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines software. The cloud tiering element is interesting, as it provides enterprise users with the ability to extend into more than 20 public clouds, including VMware vCloud Air, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. It looks like VCE will add support for additional public cloud services over time (it mentioned Virtustream in its announcement).
"The new VCE VxRail Appliance family puts IT organizations on a path to eliminating complexity and collapsing cost structures with hyper-converged infrastructure while leveraging their existing VMware investments. The VxRail Appliance completes our broad portfolio of Vblock, VxBlock and VxRack Systems to provide customers with a converged infrastructure that meets nearly every workload from the edge to the core regardless of size," said Chad Sakac, president of VCE, in a statement.
It's a good move that expands VCE's hyperconvergence portfolio and puts pressure on its competitors.