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Dell EMC's hyper-converged infrastructure portfolio receives a major boost

Dell EMC's hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) portfolio has received a substantial boost with the availability of Dell EMC HCI appliances on the newly designed Dell EMC PowerEdge 14th generation servers.

With this latest PowerEdge server platform, designed and optimized for HCI, customers of all sizes can expect even more powerful and predictable performance with even greater configurability for hosting a wide range of mission-critical software applications on Dell EMC VxRail and XC Series appliances.

Chad Sakac, Dell EMC president says, “Customers transforming their IT are increasingly turning to hyper-converged infrastructure as an ideal foundation for simplifying IT today and for the future.

“With HCI designed as a software-defined infrastructure, achieving ultimate performance and reliability relies on tightly engineered software with optimal hardware.”

“Dell EMC's turnkey, pre-integrated, tested and validated HCI appliances enable customers to simply stand-up and scale IT infrastructure, backed by trusted dependability and performance, to help IT organizations more easily meet the growing demands of their businesses.”

According to IDC research, HCI is the fasted growing converged infrastructure segment, with worldwide revenue growing 48.5% year over year in Q2 of 2017, now accounting for nearly 25% of overall converged infrastructure solutions sold. 

IDC research shows Dell EMC is No.1 in global HCI systems with 29% of all Q2 segment revenue and year over year revenue growth of 149%. 

Dell EMC VxRail is one of the fastest growing HCI appliances worldwide with rapid customer adoption driving more than 275% year-over-year revenue growth, more than 5.7X the market growth rate.

Dell EMC now combines the simplicity, agility and scalability of its HCI portfolio with the power and flexibility of next-generation servers, designed and optimized for HCI. 

This offers greater performance and reliability to meet customer demands as HCI moves into core data centers and is relied on to run a wider range of applications and workloads. 

Dell EMC PowerEdge 14th generation servers, based on Intel Xeon processor scalable family, include 150 custom requirements for software-defined storage (SDS) built-in, making it uniquely optimized for HCI. 

This includes improved support for SSDs in scale-out deployments, faster initialization and streamlined data storage management, increased drive cooling for improved reliability and common user interfaces across server and HCI platforms for Dell EMC systems management capabilities.

The upgraded Dell EMC HCI appliance portfolio supposedly offers customers significantly faster access to applications and data thanks to higher core counts, faster clock frequency, more memory channels, and faster memory resulting in up to 1.7x more processing power and up to 62% higher internal bandwidth.