Dell Unveils Autonomous Infrastructure with Dell EMC PowerOne


13 Nov, 2019- India – Dell Technologies announces Dell EMC PowerOne autonomous infrastructure to make deploying, managing and consuming IT easier for organizations. PowerOne combines PowerEdge compute, PowerMax storage, PowerSwitch networking, VMware virtualization and options for PowerProtect data protection all designed with built-in intelligence to automate thousands of manual steps over the life of the all-in-one system.

“In today’s dynamic digital landscape, modern workloads need the ability to scale on-demand to meet changing business requirements. Here, our newly launched autonomous infrastructure with built-in intelligence, Dell EMC PowerOne, will help customers automate their IT infrastructure and allow them to focus on these requirements and on business growth & development. This will enable customers to unleash the power of data and prepare them for the future”, said Amit Mehta, Director – Modern Data Centre, Dell Technologies India. “This autonomous solution maintains and manages Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, PowerSwitch networking, PowerMax storage and options for PowerProtect holistically, accelerating traditional operations to cloud outcomes and helping customers simplify their path to a hybrid cloud”.

PowerOne autonomous infrastructure empowers users to focus on outcomes

At the heart of PowerOne’s autonomous operations is a built-in, advanced automation engine. PowerOne empowers users to focus on their business, whether that means deploying workloads, applications, or developing new products and services. Much like lane assist, navigation and other features in autonomous vehicles, the vehicle does most operations on its own while the passenger must let the car know the desired destination. PowerOne’s advanced automation allows administrators to state a desired business outcome – and the system calculates the best way to do the rest.

The automation engine takes advantage of a Kubernetes microservices architecture and uses Ansible workflows to assist users by automating the component configuration and provisioning, delivering a customer-managed datacenter-as-a-service.

PowerOne provides a single system-level application programming interface (API), giving users the control to create business objective-specific pools of resources. This API can be tied into existing tools, such as service portals, to deliver programmable versus manual IT operations. This is known as Infrastructure as Code – virtually eliminating the need to log in to individual component management systems. With PowerOne, organizations can create workload-ready VMware clusters in only a few clicks.

Examples of PowerOne autonomous benefits include:

  • Launch Assist speeds installation and configuration using built-in workflows based on VMware Validated Designs and Dell EMC best practices. PowerOne helps save time by automating the installation and configuration of hardware and VMware clusters.
  • Lifecycle Assist reduces infrastructure risk by simplifying daily operations and life cycle management with automated modular system updates and validation, continually ensuring the correct hardware and firmware settings.
  • Expansion Assist matches infrastructure with business needs by adding, removing or reassigning capacity and resources through automated provisioning and scaling features. Customers can more easily align operations with business requirements.

All-in-One System delivers the power of Dell Technologies

Dell EMC PowerOne delivers the services, security and resiliency required by mission critical and emerging artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) applications while providing easy integration into cloud management toolsets, such as VMware vRealize.

Dell EMC PowerOne components include:

  • PowerOne Controller: This onboard appliance is the automation engine. It uses a Kubernetes microservices architecture and Ansible workflows to automate the configuration, provisioning and lifecycle management of the components.
  • PowerEdge MX:  This modular server’s unique, no-mid-plane design enables PowerEdge MX to support multiple generations of technology releases, such as microprocessors, new storage types and new connectivity innovation, well into the future. PowerOne automates this kinetic infrastructure, assigning resources as required to deliver a truly dynamic compute experience that scales according to need.
  • PowerSwitch: Dell EMC switches power some of the largest web-scale environments in the world and offer users a choice of operating systems to best fit their requirements. PowerOne reduces complexity by abstracting and automating the switch hardware so that the virtual network is automatically provisioned for VMware workloads.
  • PowerMax: The world’s fastest storage array delivers performance without complexity through a combination of powerful architecture, simple operations, and trusted innovation. For added simplicity and to speed operations, PowerOne automates the entire storage provisioning and zoning process and dynamically expands new cluster groups when it detects new resources.
  • PowerProtect: To safeguard the data’s value, PowerOne also can benefit from the full PowerProtect data protection portfolio to address ever-changing growth and governance requirements. This offers cloud-enabled protection storage, integrated appliances and software-defined solutions.