Global Alliance with Dell EMC


Dell EMC and VMware have a joint vision to deliver innovative solutions and services enabling businesses and service providers to build a Software Defined Data Center (SDDC), transform their operations and deliver IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) as well as Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). By helping IT store, manage, protect and analyze their most valuable asset –information – in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way, customers gain efficiencies which offer breakthrough business value.


Dell EMC is part of the Dell Technologies family of businesses, enabling the enterprise customers’ digital transformation through trusted hybrid cloud and big-data solutions, built upon a modern data center infrastructure that incorporates industry-leading converged infrastructure, servers, storage, and cybersecurity technologies.


Dell Technologies is a unique family of businesses that provides the essential infrastructure for organizations to build their digital future, transform IT and protect their most important asset, information.


The Dell Technologies family of businesses see the world the same way, each with complementary portfolios that work better together, and are strategically aligned – yet offer customers choice. Dell Technologies comprises: Dell Client Solutions Group, Dell EMC Infrastructure Solutions Group, and Dell EMC Services as well as the strategically aligned businesses: Pivotal, SecureWorks and VMware. RSA and Virtustream are included as of part of the Dell EMC Infrastructure Group.


For more information on Dell EMC solutions, see below and visit the Dell Alliance site.  For additional information on Dell Technologies and the family of brands, please visit the Dell Technologies site.

The Voice of the Customer: Why Dell EMC for VMware



The VxRail Appliance is a hyperconverged infrastructure appliance, jointly developed by Dell EMC and VMware. It combines VMware's hyperconverged software with extended lifecycle management, a configurable hardware platform, extended data services, and unified support from Dell EMC to provide a turnkey, scalable appliance that is ideal for deploying hyperconverged infrastructure.


The VxRail Appliance provides a simple, cost-effective hyperconverged solution for a wide variety of applications and workloads. With the VxRail Appliance, IT organizations can start small and easily scale capacity and performance by non-disruptively adding appliances to the cluster without the investment or up-front planning required with traditional infrastructure.


VMware Hyperconverged Infrastructure Software and managed through the familiar VMware vCenter Server, VxRail Appliances provide existing VMware customers an experience they are familiar with while allowing them to take advantage of the hallmark benefits of Dell EMC - increased agility, simplified operations and lower risk. VxRail Appliances are fully loaded with integrated mission-critical data services including replication, backup and cloud tiering at no additional charge. As a VMware-based solution, the appliances also integrate with VMware’s cloud management platform and end-user computing solutions. As such, VxRail is a platform for introducing advanced SDDC offerings like NSX, vRealize Automation and the Horizon family of virtual workspace solutions.


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VxRack™ System with SDDC with VMware Cloud Foundation™


Dell EMC and VMware have expanded the industry’s broadest hyperconverged infrastructure portfolio to provide a turnkey rack-scale, hyperconverged system with VxRack SDDC.The VxRack SDDC series is a fully integrated hardware and software solution with VMware Cloud Foundation fully integrated. A complete turnkey solution at rack scale, the VxRack SDDC provides industry-best lifecycle management and assurance for VMware SDDC solutions adding rack-scale capabilities to complement the Dell EMC Vblock® Systems and VxRail™ Appliances.


The result is a fully tested, pre-configured, hyperconverged system with automated provisioning, simplified management and robust reporting capabilities at data center and Service Provider scale. The VxRack System supports the deployment of a variety of application workloads allowing IT to rapidly deliver new services while improving overall agility and efficiency.


VxRack System with SDDC Nodes powered by VMware Cloud Foundation provides the easiest path to a VMware software defined data center and the foundation for a wide variety of enterprise workloads.


  • Enables a turnkey private cloud with VMware Cloud Foundation
  • Start small and scale incrementally to hundreds of nodes
  • Enhanced network and security capabilities with VMware NSX™
  • New Cloud Foundation Manager for single pane of glass management

Vblocks and VxBlocks


Vblock Systems from Dell EMC simplify all aspects of IT and enable organizations to achieve better business outcomes faster. Seamlessly integrating best-in-class compute, network, and storage technologies from industry leaders Cisco, Dell EMC, and VMware, Vblock Systems provide dynamic pools of resources that can be intelligently provisioned and managed to address changing demands and rapidly shifting business opportunities. The vSphere hypervisor is the core of the VMware solution integrated with VBlocks and therefore provides a foundation for deploying other VMware solutions.


VxBlock Systems are engineered to the same exacting specifications as Vblock® Systems for the highest levels of performance, capacity, availability and security, but in addition, VxBlock Systems include VMware NSX or Cisco ACI as integrated solutions for network virtualization.

Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC)


Dell EMC and VMware share a joint vision to deliver an SDDC architecture that abstracts, pools, automates and manages all IT resources in an automated and software-defined manner. The orchestration of data center services is automated with VMware's vCloud Suite across all software-defined components: compute, storage, and network. Our approach combines the leader in software-defined storage with the leader in virtualization and cloud computing. EMC ViPR, the leading software-defined storage product, is an extensible software platform that abstracts storage with all its unique capabilities, from physical arrays into a single pool of virtual storage.  Storage administrators then create virtual storage arrays that they can manage at the virtual layer according to automated policies. Data services, such as block, file, and object data services, run on top of the platform and leverage the unique attributes of the virtual storage pools and arrays. EMC Software-Defined Storage provides specific VMware integrations with interfaces into the VMware vStorage APIs (VAAI, VASA, VADP) across the EMC storage portfolio (VMAX FamilyVNX SeriesIsilonXtremIO, Data Domain, Avamar). EMC ViPR will integrate with VMware vRealize Automation and vRealize Operations to automate provisioning and improve performance, capacity and configuration management across the applications, servers, networks and storage environments.


Hybrid Cloud for Everyone


The Dell EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution unites VMware and Dell EMC capabilities to rapidly build Software Defined-Data Center and Hybrid Cloud environments that enable IT to keep pace with business demands, and IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS). Now available on both the VxRail and VxRack SDDC hyperconverged platforms, the Dell EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud is accessible to all businesses from medium to very large enterprise (VLE). Dell EMC and VMware offer a holistic
portfolio of services designed to help prepare for the hybrid cloud journey and quickly deploy a turnkey enterprise grade Hybrid Cloud. Services can extend the platform to meet unique business requirements for ongoing operational success.

Data Protection

Backup and Recovery

Together, Dell EMC and VMware have worked to tightly integrate
Dell EMC Avamar with VMware vSphere through the vStorage API for Data Protection (VADP) and vCenter Server to provide the industry’s leading deduplication backup software optimized for VMware environments.
VMware vSphere Data Protection embeds industry-leading EMC
Avamar directly into vSphere 6.7, enabling every customer to have powerful Dell EMC BRS technology for deduplication and simplified backup/recovery.

Disaster Avoidance and Recovery

Leverage Dell EMC and VMware technologies and services to keep
your virtualized data center up and running. Achieve continuous
availability, increased utilization, and faster performance in your
VMware vSphere environment. EMC VPLEX and EMC RecoverPoint complement the capabilities of VMware vMotion, HA, FT, SRM and DRS across datacenters for non-disruptive load balancing, maintenance, and workload re-location.

Enhanced Security

Dell EMC and VMware assure the protection, compliance, and
trust of your enterprise information in virtualized VMware environments. EMC Enhanced Security Solutions for VMware leverage an information-centric approach to security from
RSA, the Security Division of EMC, to extend virtualization into environments containing sensitive data.  RSA integrates with
VMware vCenter to provide log management and data loss prevention capabilities to ensure a secure virtualized environment. Additionally, VMware vCloud Networking and Security provides additional services including virtual firewall, VPN, and data security.

Management & Orchestration

To better manage virtualized infrastructures across
applications, servers, networks, and storage environments, Dell EMC and VMware have partnered to deliver a tightly integrated management and orchestration solution. This visibility across storage and compute environments helps you optimize performance, simplify operations, and deliver a better service experience. EMC Storage Analytics (ESA) Suite, powered by VMware vRealize Operations, delivers real-time, predictive analytics, simplifies storage operations management, and improves visibility across storage and virtual workloads for better performance and availability. Dell EMC VSI (Virtual Storage Integrator) plug-in enables storage-level visibility for VMware administrators directly from VMware vCenter to add additional Dell EMC-specific capabilities including discovery, health monitoring, capacity management, provisioning, and cloning.

End User Computing


Dell EMC and VMware enable the most powerful, efficient and flexible cloud infrastructure for desktop virtualization and any device for End User Computing to achieve the best end-user experience at a dramatically lower end-user cost. Our joint solutions enable IT to handle more users and devices while still meeting service level agreements and demanding business needs. VMware Horizon 6 with EMC’s flash-optimized storage arrays (VNX Series and XtremIO) delivers significant performance and allows IT to efficiently scale to thousands of virtual desktops. You can boot 1,000 virtual desktops in less than 7 minutes and still reduce initial primary storage costs by up to 50 percent. You can maintain centralized IT control of backup for the virtual desktop environment while enabling end-user recovery of data with EMC Avamar and still reduce backup storage required by 10-30X. Together, Dell EMC and VMware simplify IT manageability and control while delivering the highest fidelity experience around the world for users needing access to desktop services and real world productivity. Our joint solutions deliver scalable desktop services from your cloud for ultimate control and flexibility on user experience, administration and service levels. For even faster time to market, EMC Proven Solutions for Desktop Virtualization are available with EMC VSPEX and VCE Vblock.

Virtualizing Mission-Critical Applications 


Dell EMC and VMware reduce costs and increase flexibility for mission-critical applications such as Microsoft, Oracle, SAP and legacy. As your trusted advisors, Dell EMC and VMware can help you to drive down management costs, increase deployment speeds, and improve quality of service.  Dell EMC’s tight integration with VMware vCloud Suite reduces the risks associated with moving large complex applications to a virtual environment. Dell EMC provides fully automated storage tiering  (FAST) to dynamically prioritize infrastructure resources (VNX Series and VMAX Family) based on changing application demands. With the VMware virtualized environment you can non-disruptively test recovery plans, using virtual machines without application downtime.Together, Dell EMC and VMware have worked to tightly integrate EMC Avamar with VMware vSphere through the vStorage API for Data Protection (VADP) and vCenter Server to provide the industry’s leading deduplication backup software optimized for VMware environments. As a result EMC Avamar is the engine for VMware vSphere Data Protection.  Additionally, achieve continuous availability for your mission critical applications. EMC VPLEX and EMC RecoverPoint compliment the capabilities of VMware vMotion, HA, FT, SRM and DRS across datacenters for non-disruptive load balancing, maintenance, and workload re-location.