PowerOne – The birth of a true Dell EMC Converged system

PowerOne – The birth of a true Dell EMC Converged system

Dell EMC PowerOne Converged System Introduction

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It is a privilege for me to write about one of the first converged systems in Dell Technologies that is built on their own hardware. I have been waiting for this since Dell bought EMC. By integrating the PowerMax into PowerOne CI, this can be a true beast of a system all on Dell EMC hardware. A little more on the intro to PowerOne – This is like a converged system VxBlock from their other range, only difference in that no Cisco is used, only Dell Networking and servers and only PowerMax storage at this stage. It makes sense to throw out the VxBlock soon and integrate the other storage arrays behind this PowerOne solution and just add an extension to diversify their portfolio. I think Michael Dell and his team stick to the Power name originated at Dell and integrated it into their HCI solutions now. We will only see more of these names popping up at Dell EMC HCI.

With all-in-one simplicity as they claim, autonomous operations, and flexible consumption options, PowerOne can speed up your organization’s shift from traditional operations to modern cloud outcomes. With the PowerOne Controller, Launch Assist, and the PowerOne API, you can speed up the deployment and production. They designed PowerOne to deliver the services, security and resiliency required by mission critical, AI and ML applications while providing easy integration into cloud management toolsets including VMware vRealize.

PowerONE uses rack Dell PowerEdge MX servers, PowerSwitch and SmartFabric for networking, PowerMax storage as primary storage, Power protect secondary storage for backup and protection, and VMware virtualization. PowerOne delivers life-cycle management, end-to-end system monitoring, and automated expansion processes to make ongoing operations efficient and safe, saving the costs that come with outages, maintenance, and lengthy upgrade processes. Although Dell did a good job integrating the upgrade of a previous generation vBlock and current VxBlock, there was still a lot of planning, risks and tasks involved. This solution should probably be a bit easier.

Technical details

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A few things to make stuff easier:

  • Launch Assist – Guidance to initialize the system, optimize for VMware platforms, and simplify the configuration and deployment of vSphere clusters tailored to the exact needs of your workloads.
  • Lifecycle Assist – Automates time consuming and labor-intensive life-cycle management tasks, lowering risks and enabling you to focus on future innovation while maintaining reliable and secure infrastructure.
  • Expansion Assist – Ease expanding system components and lowering the risk of adopting new technologies.
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Dell EMC PowerOne will be available from 22 November 2019. Be the first to get hands on with this beast.


The configuration of HCI solutions remains a bottleneck for companies. What organizations need is a solution that will enable on-demand provisioning of these resources for their data center infrastructure. This has been an issue and a mostly empty promise from vendors for years now.

The Dell EMC PowerOne System, with its automation engine, try to remove some of these manual and repetitive tasks associated with provisioning compute, storage, virtualization, and networking resources.

The main advantage is that it is a Dell only system, and it uses a world class storage array and you will experience no performance issues ever. I think their sales should rather focus on this, as this will be more of a selling point. The PowerOne to me will only enhance Dell’s HCI product line and will increase their sales and footprint ahead of the 2020 HCI market. PowerOne will be a true asset for your next cloud project so do not hesitate to much on choosing what product to use.

By Cobus Smit – Updated 24 Dec 2019

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