Product description

Dell EMC VxFlex OS, formerly known as ScaleIO Software, is scale-out block storage software that enables customers to create a scale-out server SAN or hyper-converged infrastructure on x86 server hardware.

VxFlex OS uses local storage devices and turns them into shared block storage that has all the benefits of SAN-but at a fraction of cost and complexity. VxFlex OS will continue to support the existing customer installations and will support an upgrade path from ScaleIO software to the VxFlex OS release.

VxFlex Ready Node is a combination of VxFlex OS and Dell PowerEdge® servers, optimized to run VxFlex OS software, enabling customers to quickly deploy a fully architected, scale out server SAN with heterogeneous hypervisor support. It also includes Automated Management Services (AMS).

The lightweight VxFlex OS software components are installed on the application servers and communicate via a standard LAN to handle the application I/O requests sent to VxFlex OS block volumes. An extremely efficient decentralized block I/O flow, combined with a distributed, sliced volume layout, results in a massively parallel I/O system that can scale up to thousands of nodes.

VxFlex OS is designed and implemented with enterprise-grade resilience. Furthermore, the software features an efficient, distributed, self-healing process that overcomes media and node failures, without requiring administrator involvement.

Dynamic and elastic, VxFlex OS enables administrators to add or remove nodes and capacity on-the-fly. The software immediately responds to the changes, rebalancing the storage distribution and achieving a layout that optimally suits the new configuration.

Because VxFlex OS is hardware agnostic, the software works efficiently with various types of disks, including: magnetic (HDD) and solid-state disks (SSD), flash PCI Express (PCIe) cards, networks, and hosts. VxFlex OS can easily be installed in an existing infrastructure as well as in green field configurations.