The Business Case for Hyperconverged Solutions Becomes Stronger

Category: Articles On 02-05-2018

Teaming Dell EMC Inc.’s VxRail HyperConverged infrastructure and Red Hat Inc.’s Ansible automation tool speeds up IT infrastructure deployments

Digitalization, disruption, and market transformation describe the current business landscape. Consequently, harried IT departments need to roll out new services in a cloud like manner, delivering computing power as needed for rapidly changing customer requirements. Traditional system architecture and management tools have hamstrung many organizations, but moving to Dell EMC Inc.’s vxRail hyperconverged infrastructure and Red Hat Inc.’s Ansible automation tool relieves them from these shackles and enables them to leverage new technology for competitive advantage.

Why Hyperconverged Systems?

Hyperconverged systems offer many alluring features: In the past, legacy system software was tightly tied to the underlying hardware. Consequently, changing system configurations was complex and time consuming. IT staff tinkered with a variety of stand-alone solutions (servers, storage systems, networks) that grew not only increasingly more powerful but also more complicated through the years.

Hyperconverged infrastructure is much easier to deploy. These systems rely on recent system advancements and quickly and easily allocate additional computing resources. And scaling becomes simpler. Rather than replace one complete system with another, companies incrementally add more processing power wherever it is needed: server, storage, or network.

Hyperconverged systems are simpler to manage than traditional products. Rather than separate solutions and management interfaces, they feature consolidated consoles, management systems that control all system functions: hypervisors, operating systems, servers, network, and storage functions.

Finally, hyperconverged systems reduce costs. They take up less floor space and require less power than traditional systems, reducing operational expenses significantly.

Why Dell EMC VxRail?

Enterprises have many choices when evaluating hyperconverged solutions, but Dell EMC’s VxRail stands out from the pack. The system is the ONLY fully integrated, preconfigured, and pre-tested VMware hyperconverged appliance.

The Dell EMC VxRail appliances are built on PowerEdge 14th generation servers, which are powered by Intel industry leading Xeon Scalable processors. The solution delivers a configure-to-order platform that features system resiliency, and Quality of Services. VxRail Appliances are fully loaded with Dell EMC mission-critical data services, including replication, backup, and cloud tiering– at no additional charge.

They feature the industry’s only hyper-converged appliance with kernel-layer integration between VMware vSAN and the vSphere hypervisor, delivering unique and unmatched performance. Since it is fully optimized, the Dell EMC VxRail easily integrates with VMware’s cloud management platform and end-user computing solutions. The product supports advanced Software Defined Data Center products, like NSX, vRealize Automation, and vRealize Operations. The hyperconverged system enables fast, simple delivery of infrastructure supporting virtual desktops, business-critical applications, and remote offices.

Why Red Hat Ansible?

Red Hat’s Ansible is an open source, IT configuration management, deployment, and orchestration tool that delivers large productivity gains to development and operations teams. How? Ansible solves major IT challenges, such as orchestration of complex multi-tier workflows and unifying OS configuration and application software deployments under a single banner

The orchestration tool is minimal in nature, consistent, secure, and highly reliable. Unlike many other products in this space, Ansible is an agentless solution that runs in a ‘push’ model – NO software is required to be installed on remote machines to make them manageable. Ansible by default monitors remote machines over SSH (Linux and UNIX) or WinRM (Windows), using the remote management frameworks that already exist natively on those platforms. In addition, the Ansible Playbook language includes a variety of features that allow for complex automation flow, including conditional execution of tasks.

The end result is dramatic productivity gains. With Ansible, everyone involved in the development and operations processes automates routine and complex tasks in ways that were impossible before. The product seamlessly unites workflow orchestration with configuration management, provisioning, and application deployment in one easy-to-use platform. Since resource descriptions are simple to build and easy to understand, administrators, developers, and IT managers face an extremely low learning curve. The solution’s design ensures a quicker time to market for IT projects, and faster, less-error prone turnaround on any configuration change. After deploying Ansible, IT does a lot more with less.

Why Cxrus Solutions?

By bundling the Dell EMC Inc.’s vxRail hyperconverged infrastructure and Ansible, IT infrastructure becomes easier to deploy and more scalable. This package features unprecedented levels of automation. Rather than force IT techs to add storage to a Storage Area Network (SAN) in a tedious, step-by-step manner, the bundle automates these tasks. The end result is IT support teams spend more time on business differentiating services, like speeding up new software releases, and less on mundane work, such as adding processing power.

Companies will need help pulling the pieces together, and Cxrus Solutions, a leading end-to-end Enterprise IT Solutions Provider in Asia Pacific, has the needed expertise. The solutions provider has a lengthy, proven track record in deploying automation and DevOps tools for enterprises and telecoms. The consultancy has had long and fruitful partnerships with Dell EMC and Red Hat. Cxrus Solutions is one of the region’s leading providers of hyperconverged solutions. Working with Red Hat since 2006, the solution provider is the longest serving Red Hat Advanced Business Partner in Singapore.

In sum by working with Cxrus Solutions, companies deploy leading edge, hyperconverged solutions that are highly reliable, extremely cost effective, and highly efficient. The Dell EMC / Red Hat / Cxrus Solutions system empowers the IT team to meet today’s digitalization, business disruption, and market transformation demands.


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