Dell’s Data Center Solutions business supplies the data and storage infrastructure that powers Microsoft’s cloud services platform, Windows Azure.
Dell’s Data Center Solution division is supplying the server’s infrastructure that powers Microsoft’s cloud services platform, Windows Azure. “Highly specialized server solutions for Microsoft adapted to the physical facility, operating processes, and application workload,” according to Dell. Dell appears to be positioning itself to grow alongside Microsoft’s Platform, which will host Windows services and third-party apps created by developers. Azure will be available next year, competing with Amazon’s and Google’s cloud services.
Azure is presently only available in Microsoft’s Quincy, Washington data facility (Cnet). Because the Quincy data center is a conventional raised floor data center, Dell’s participation does not necessarily respond to the questions of which device vendor will endorse the Desktop cloud buildout next year when the platform moves to data center containers in Microsoft’s massive new Chicago facility. Google is known to have tried Verari and Rackable (RACK) container technologies and Dell.
Dell has been bragging about its achievements in cloud technology, which has become a major emphasis for server makers chasing elevated deals with customers constructing cloud technology and HPC infrastructure. Rackable and Verari were pioneers in this field, while IBM, Dell, and HP have recently launched servers designed specifically for “scaling out” cloud platforms.
“Hyper-scale computing systems, wherein infrastructure deployments are measured in millions of servers, storage, and networking equipment,” said Brad Anderson, senior vice president of Dell’s Business Product Group.
In this video from Dell’s in The Clouds blog, Forrest Norrod, vice president and general manager of Dell’s Data Center Solutions Division provides additional details on Dell’s support for Windows Azure.
For enterprises looking to implement Dell EMC Products for Microsoft’s Cloud Stack HCI, Dell Technologies provides a variety of choices. Dell EMC’s productized solution – AX nodes – proven and licensed to run Azure Stack HCI are at the heart of this offering. In reality, Dell EMC’s solution catalog contains many proven products across three main node kinds. Customers may choose and customize their Azure Stack HCI implementations because of this breadth of options.
AX nodes are developed and optimized for Azure Stack HCI, are available with licensed and supported components, contain Azure Stack HCI specialized ProSupport and ProDeploy Services, and are built on the robust foundation of PowerEdge servers. Dell EMC can offer more simplified LCM integration with the native OpenManage Connectivity for Microsoft Windows Admin Center (OMIMSWAC) for AX nodes than earlier offers because of the deeper integration with PowerEdge servers. Additionally, Dell EMC will repair these nodes after the sale with Azure Stack HCI-certified parts. The AX-640, AX-740xd, and AX-6515 are the three new AX nodes available.
The Intel Xeon Scalable CPUs in the AX-640 and AX-740xd nodes are the second generation, and they may be customized with NVMe, SSD, and HDD devices to build hybrid or all-flash nodes. Other Intel technologies supported by Microsoft Azure HCI, such as Intel Optane SSD and Optane permanent memory devices, are now available to Dell EMC.
The AX-640 has a dual 1U node optimized for high-density, high-performance HCI workloads. It’s the only AX node that can support Intel’s ultra-high-performance Optane Permanent Memory and SSD devices. It comes with 96 to 768GB of RAM and 3 to 92TB storage options. The AX-640 AX node, for example, can be configured to provide the fastest HCI node currently available.
The AX-740xd is a dual-socket 2U node designed to balance capacity, performance, and affordability for HCI workloads. It comes with 96GB to 1.5TB of RAM and 3 to 192TB of additional storage.
The AX-6515 is a single-socket AMD processor node, while the AX-640 and AX-740xd are dual-socket Intel CPU nodes. It was developed using a 64-core AMD EPYC CPU to be as cost-effective as feasible while offering enough horsepower for common tasks. ACCORDING TO US, the AX-6515 is a solid choice for an edge, remote office, and small business deployments. It comes with 64GB to 1TB of RAM and 3 to 60TB of storage solutions.
The AMD processor’s large core count could cause issues with Windows licensing. Along with Windows Server 2019 Extra Licence Plus (1SKT) and Server 2008 2019 Additional License Plus (2SKT) programs, Dell EMC clients can get a discounted Microsoft Datacenter Server license for all processors cores above 32 in 1-socket nodes and above 64 in 2-socket servers.
Customers get to choose HCI nodes optimized for Azure Stack HCI with Dell EMC’s new AX models. These are designed for high-density computing (AX-640), storage-centric computing (AX-740xd), or value-optimized computing (AX-6515).
In addition to the many HCI nodes offered, Dell EMC also provides connectivity options. For Azure Stack HCI, Dell EMC certifies and supports 10GbE, 25GbE, and 100GbE networking. Because memory and the software stack can readily take advantage of the high networks, the bandwidth offered in strobe Azure Stack HCI clusters enabling 25/100GbE with RDMA is crucial. However, performance is not the driving force for every setup. For example, a two-node Azure Stack HCI cluster can be built switchless for a more straightforward, cost-effective, and space-efficient deployment.