One of my readers was considering Dell/EMC hyperconverged solutions and sent me this question:
Just wondering if you have a chance to check out VxRail.
I read the data sheet and spec sheet, but have never seen anyone using it (any real-life experience highly welcome – please write a comment).
He continued with “Any chance on doing a webinar on the topic?”
Not really. VxRail is just a hardware/SKU packaging exercise. From the software perspective it's mostly a vSphere HA cluster using VSAN for distributed storage, probably having additional easy-to-use provisioning/managing software, similar to what VMware was doing with EVO:Rail.
I covered the networking aspects of vSphere HA clusters in vSphere 6 Networking Deep Dive webinar, distributed storage in Designing Private Cloud Infrastructure webinar, and mentioned some long-distance aspects in Designing Active-Active and Disaster Recovery Data Centers webinar, so I don't think there's much more to say about it.