Dell EMC Takes Another Hyperconverged, Hybrid Cloud Step with Microsoft Azure
Microsoft Azure Stack HCI is a hyperconverged Windows Server 2019 cluster that uses validated hardware to run virtualized workloads on premises, optionally connecting to Azure services for cloud-based backup, site recovery and more. It’s available from a range of Microsoft hardware partners. Azure Stack is an extension of Azure that provides a way to run applications on premises.
Wednesday’s announcement includes: the addition of Windows Server 2019 to all 15 configurations under WSSD; the availability of Azure Stack on the Dell EMC PowerEdge R840 platform; and a metered usage consumption model for Azure Stack infrastructure with Flex on Demand from Dell Financial Services.
The news came out of Microsoft’s Virtual Windows Server Summit.
“Dell EMC has a long history of co-engineering with Microsoft and these new enhancements further strengthen our joint portfolio across hyperconverged infrastructure and hybrid cloud solutions,” Ray Balli, product marketing consultant, HCI, Dell EMC wrote in a blog. “By working together to deliver innovative services faster and more frequently, we can become a real partner of change for our customers in this digital transformation era.”
This new offering leverages the Windows Server Datacenter license to provide software defined storage, using Hyper-V virtualization down to the storage level. These multinode clusters provide cost-effective volumes with high performance and low latency, using common management tools. In addition to the vendor’s previous 15 use case-driven configurations under WSSD, Dell EMC has added:
- Windows Server 2019 to all 15 configurations.
- The newly released storage dense PowerEdge R740xd2 as a new chassis platform, allowing for more demanding workloads.
- QuickStart — a four-node, two-switch configuration, an end-to-end high availability solution.
- Dell EMC PowerSwitch 25GbE networking for increased throughput.
- A new upgrade service, taking customers from existing Storage Spaces Direct Ready Node architectures to Windows Server 2019 with continued support entitlement.
- Systems management by unifying and automating management capabilities for modern infrastructures with the OpenManage Integration for Windows Admin Center console.