Dear reader – have you ever been misquoted? Has communication in your org ever been imperfect? I’m sure you have – and it can be frustrating.
There was a CRN article that went live today where it sounds like we have or will have VxBlocks that have non-UCS stuff in them.
NOPE. The buck stops with me, and it’s a FIRM NO.
Dell EMC PowerEdge is an awesome rack mount platform, and FX2 is an awesome modular platform. We are making PowerEdge a universal ingredient in our HCI portfolio, like NOW.
When customers buy CI like Vblock and VxBlock – they are getting the cake, not the ingredients (flour, eggs, sugar). BUT – the ingredients create parameters of the system, and UCS B-Series blades make for great CI (which has an external storage array in it). We are in NO rush to lower the competitiveness of our Vblock and VxBlock cake.
If you want to know what the difference is between a Vblock and VxBlock – it’s simple, and has NOTHING to do with the server. Vblock uses the N1Kv virtual switch (and cannot have ACI down to the VM – you can have ACI in the fabric and to the host… also no NSX), VxBlock uses the VMware distributed virtual switch (VDS), which in turn means it can have NSX and ACI from us. The Release Certification Matrix (RCM) for Vblock and VxBlock doesn’t include the Cisco AVS. If you want to know more, read here.
Via services, we can convert Vblocks to VxBlocks. The vast majority of what we ship in the “Block” family right now are actually VxBlocks.
Will we create bundles of Dell EMC Storage with Dell EMC PowerEdge – yes. But that’s a bundle a reference architecture, not an engineered system. No lifecycle, no sustained engineering. People that don’t understand this key difference don’t understand that CI => (is greater than) a bundle.
There is NO plan to have VxBlocks with anything other than UCS, and that’s a fact. Capiche?