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The Dell EMC XC Series platform is a scalable cluster of hyper-converged nodes each running a standard hypervisor and containing processors, memory, and local storage (consisting of SSD flash and high-capacity hard disk drives). The Dell EMC XC Series platform is powered by Nutanix software and managed through the Nutanix Prism interface. The Dell EMC XC Series platform horizontally scales from as few as three nodes to a large number of nodes, enabling organizations to scale their infrastructure as their needs grow.

Each node runs virtual machines just like a standard virtual machine host and Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware ESXi hypervisors are supported. In addition, local storage from all nodes is virtualized into a unified pool by the Nutanix Distributed File System (DFS). In effect, DFS acts like an advanced NAS that uses local SSDs and disks from all nodes to store virtual machine data. Virtual machines running on the cluster write data to DFS as if they were writing to shared storage.

Read our latest blog from Dan McConnell  about how XC Series is making life simpler for data protection and Microsoft environments. We bring simplicity to hyper-converged environments. Learn more.


 What’s New

Dell EMC XC Series Previews Upcoming features with Microsoft 2016. Preview what is coming in the following two Technical Briefs:

Dell EMC XC Series has partnered with Microsoft Azure Operations Management Suite (OMS) to enable deeper insights into the operational characteristics of your XC Series HCI using Dell EMC XC Series Log Analytics Solution. Learn More.

Nutanix SCOM Management Pack lets you monitor Dell EMC XC Series clusters from a single console. Read how aministrators can gain rapid insight into the state of the XC Series cluster here. Watch the video previewing the new features here. Deployment has never been so easy, see the video here.

Dell EMC XC Series now supports data protection and a full-featured, tightly integrated cloud platform based on open technologies.

Read how the XC Series teams up with Avamar and Data Domain to show you how to integrate these technologies to backup and protect Hyper-V and ESXi Virtual Machines (VMs). Cloud tiering integration is facilitated through Data Domain Virtual Edition (DD VE) and/or DD6800 to Microsoft Azure or Virtustream Cloud platforms allowing you to leverage offsite storage for cold data. Learn more by reading Dell EMC XC Series Hyper-converged Appliances Data Protection Reference Architecture and associated Hyper-V and ESXi deployment guides.

Dell EMC XC Series demonstrates the deployment and configuration of Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PFC) on Dell EMC XC Series Hyper-converged appliances. The combined solution allows developers and dev-ops professionals to quickly deploy a modern application development platform on their on-premises infrastructure. The easy to use scaling functionality of the XC Series and PCF allows the developer to focus on the application as a unit of scale rather than the infrastructure or supporting services. Learn more by reading Pivotal Cloud Foundry on Dell EMC XC Series Hyper-converged Appliances Reference Architecture and its associated deployment guide.

Find out about best practices for Dell EMC Series using Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2. This document provides recommendations for maintaining the stability and performance of the platform and workloads while preserving the operational lifetime of the SATADOM. Learn more.

Dell EMC XC Series now provides guidance for customers wanting to do Rapid Appliance Self Recovery (RASR) using either Acropolis Hypervisor or Windows.  Acropolis Hypervisor version.     Windows Version.

Dell EMC XC Series Information Update
Get important information on how to properly use the SATADOM as a boot device and not for application use. This document also includes details on how to properly remove SED. In addition, this document contains a link to Nutanix knowledge base articles.

Update to Dell EMC XC Series 2.0 HBA Firmware

The supported H730 host bus adapter version has changed. You now must use firmware version 25.2.2-0004.

 Useful Links

Dell EMC XC Series Technical Content     
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Dell  EMC XC Series Product Documentation  
Want all the installation and deployment details about this solution? Use this link for all product related documentation.

Nutanix Documents
Link to Nutanix document resources: VMware View, Citrix XenDesktop, and Citrix XenApp best practices.