Dell EMC is being aggressive with expanding its VxRail hyperconverged infrastructure systems. The company now offers them across six different series, designed to provide drop-in solutions for workloads from artificial intelligence to databases and more generalized deployments. The latest edition is the ruggedized D-series. These can be operated in high altitude, extreme temperatures, and use all-flash for shock resistance. Plus some dust and sand protection for good measure. While edge computing certainly gets a lot of hype as the next enterprise frontier, we don’t often hear about hardware specifically made for the unique challenges of being outside a data center’s four walls. The D-series smartly fills that gap.
The other update is to their high-performance E-Series, with the E665 now supporting AMD’s EPYC platform. While the offering of non-Intel silicon is notable enough, there are also some practical hardware advantages. These can be equipped with up to 64 cores, and perhaps more importantly, plenty of PCIe 4.0 I/O. As enterprise workloads increasingly rely on non-x86 processing, having even more bandwidth for GPUs and other accelerators is a key differentiation.
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