Today we’re sharing details of our next generation of XC Series appliances that are based on software from Nutanix, the hyper-converged market leader, according to IDC. As an end-to-end enterprise information technology provider, we offer customers an extensive portfolio of products and services that deliver rapid time to value, superior ease of use and unrivaled flexibility. We’re able to build out a broad and strong portfolio with our own innovation and through tight collaborations with a growing partner ecosystem.

Our partner ecosystem, the broadest in the industry, underscores our commitment to increase the pace of technology innovation and offers a diverse range of solutions. Our relationships with innovative companies such as Microsoft, VMware and Nutanix play an integral role in delivering integrated solutions that lead to successful business outcomes, especially for customers who are implementing new approaches based on converged infrastructure and software-defined architectures.

The Dell-Nutanix relationship is a good example that demonstrates how strategic relationships can accelerate technology development and, in turn, quickly benefit customers. Last June, we announced a collaborative agreement with Nutanix. Working closely together, we integrated Nutanix’s industry leading storage virtualization software with Dell’s advanced server platform in an appliance form factor, the Dell XC Series of hyper-converged appliances. They’re backed by Dell’s global services and support team and first availability was in November 2014.

With XC Series appliances, customers with virtualized workloads, including desktop virtualization, database, private cloud and big data analytics, benefit from a converged compute-storage solution that scales predictably and simplifies the complexity of managing storage for virtualized environments. These appliances can be deployed in 30 minutes or less, and for VDI projects, they cost up to 27% less and have up to 6X faster time to value than white box solutions, according to recent analysis from Wikibon.

The pace of innovation has continued, and today we’re happy to announce the XC Series Appliances version 2.0. These new appliances are based on our 13th Generation PowerEdge server platform and have more processor and storage options for precise workload matching and more granular, pay-as-you grow scalability. We also offer the industry’s first XC appliance with a 1U form factor. It can support more virtual desktops in half the rack space and at a lower cost compared to our initial release. Other models are designed and configured for compute- and storage-intensive workloads, and offer up to 60 percent greater storage capacity per node and a lower starting price per terabyte.

Our server platform has the quality and reliability customers need for high performance virtualized workloads and mission critical applications. So you can expect to see more intense collaboration with Nutanix as our development, sales and marketing teams work closely together to introduce new hyper-converged solutions. At every level of this strategic relationship, we’re focused on developing preconfigured workload-specific solutions that deliver lasting value for our customers.

We are excited about what the new XC series appliances can do for customers and would love to hear your feedback! To stay updated, follow @Dell_Storage on Twitter.