Dell EMC VxRail is a hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) appliance that was first launched six years ago. It was created to serve the needs of virtual desktop infrastructure environments, remote office settings, private clouds, and distributed small- and mid-size enterprises. As such, it included compute, storage, networking, and virtualization resources all in a single device. 

VxRail was brought to market as the first and only HCI solution jointly engineered with VMWare—it includes VMWare VSAN, vSphere, and vCenter software running together. A major benefit to this single vendor integration, if you will, is that customers enjoy the simplicity of one line of support from the hypervisor through to the hardware. Another key feature setting this appliance apart is the VxRail HCI System Software which consists of multiple, integrated software elements working to extend native VMware capabilities to deliver a seamless, automated, operational experience, and ensuring continuously validated states.

With Dell and VMware’s vast compilation of collective innovations achieved over the past five years, the companies have been able to extend the performance, simplicity, and functionality of VxRail considerably.

Key features that Dell EMC VxRail has come to be known for since its initial launch include: 

Ease-of-use with centralized management capabilities and VxRail HCI System Software

Simple integration of cutting-edge solutions from today’s technology leaders; these products include Intel Xeon processors, NVIDIA GPU, Dell EMC storage arrays and more.

Guaranteed quality, as all devices are preconfigured and tested.

Excellent flexibility, as VxRail products are suitable for a wide variety of applications and workloads.

A look back

Six years ago, VxRail was brought to market as the first and only HCI solution jointly engineered with VMWare. Today, it remains the only one. With constant innovation focused in and around resiliency, Dell Technologies and VMWare have continually extended the performance, simplicity, and functionality of VXRail over the years to ensure availability and confidence for every workload. 

Take a look at some of the milestone innovations VxRail has realized over the years:


1st and only jointly engineered HCI appliance with VMware

Pre-integrated updates to vSAN 6.2 and all flash nodes

Introduction of the HCI System Software

Learn more: EMC and VMware Introduce Hyper Converged VCE VxRail Appliance Family


Introduced 14th Generation PowerEdge to VxRail 

In-cluster, mixed generation node support 

Learn more: Dell EMC Industry Leading Hyper Converged Infrastructure Solutions Gain PowerEdge Boost


30-day synchronous release commitment with all major VMware vSphere

Integration of VCF on VxRail for hybrid cloud

Pre-integrated updates to vSAN 6.7

Introduction of 2-node edge clusters

Learn more: Accelerating Predictable IT Transformation: 10 Reasons VxRail and VxRack SDDC Are Better Than Ever 


1st All NVMe nodes (E560N & P580N)

SAP HANA certification for 4 socket all NVMe nodes

Graphics Processing Units (GPU) added to P & E Series

Learn more: Dell Technologies Transforms IT from Edge to Core to Cloud 


Introduced the ruggedized D Series

Improved security with vCenter RBAC and FIPS 140-2 for VxRail Manager

Learn more: Dell Technologies Brings IT Infrastructure and Cloud Capabilities to Edge Environments


Satellite nodes for single node use cases

Dynamic nodes to enable asymmetric scale

Integration of the 15th Generation Dell PowerEdge 

Self-install, node re-imaging and more automated Lifecycle Management

Learn more: Reimagine HCI with VxRail

A look at today

To understand the constant innovation that Dell and VMWare are applying to VxRail, one need not look any further than the improvement than the improvements achieved with the refreshed 15th generation PowerEdge architecture. This design is just 1/3 the footprint of previous 13th generation PowerEdge, yet delivers 50% more performance

1.5X more performance from a 4 node 15th generation cluster versus a 12 node 13th generation cluster

+4.4X total performance per node

33% less heat output, power, and cooling

In terms of how this benefits the user, the updated architecture can consolidate more workloads, reduce application licensing costs, and thus lower the overall cost.

There is also the reliability factor that must be considered with these constant updates. One thing that Dell and VMWare have worked toward is the assurance that availability and confidence is achieved with each and every workload. Over the last eight quarters VxRail customers report greater than 99.9999% uptime

A look ahead

Whether you are transforming a customer’s datacenter, integrating multicloud, or helping expand to address edge opportunities, VxRail provides a complete landscape of configurable HCI platforms so that you customers can focus on their business. And with such a long, established history of joint integration between Dell and VMWare, which has led to cutting-edge engineering and innovation being incorporated into the VxRail product, customers can rest assured their investment into this HCI solution – the only one of its kind – will not only serve them well today and tomorrow, but years down the road. 

*Based on Dell Technologies field performance (July 2021). AD# G20000255

**IDC White Paper: The Business Value of Dell EMC VxRail and VMware Cloud Foundation on Dell EMC VxRail. November 2020.

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