It’s official, VxRail is the most bad-a$$ 1 year old I’ve ever seen.
Yup – 1 year ago, VxRail was born. It’s a long origin story (which you can read here) – but honestly, I always knew that customers would love a highly integrated, highly focused VMware-biased HCI Appliance. This is how I visualize VxRail - cute, cuddly, and just getting things figured out – with a confident lean on that yellow block.
That picture doesn’t do it justice though. The other side of VxRail is a potent little package. It’s official, VxRail is the most bad-a$$ 1 year old product I’ve ever seen.
Now – is VxRail for a lot of people? Heck yeah! Is it for everyone? Nope.
That’s why we have a portfolio of HCI offers some that are appliances that support hypervisor choice (Dell EMC XC), some that are rack-scale systems - starting bigger and include the network/SDN domains in both VMware-focused (VxRack SDDC), some that support multiple simultaneous hypervisors, bare metal, and even next-generation container ecosystems (VxRack FLEX), and soon enough, some that are Microsoft-focused (VxRack Azure Stack).
But – ssshhh. I have a secret. Far and away the largest market, by customer count, by revenue are customers who want a simple VMware-focused HCI appliance.
So - what has been accomplished in 1 year? Well dear reader – for the tale of the tape, the crazy backstories, and the insane-in-the-membrane 2017 plan, read on!