Dell EMC PowerStore Breaks Ground in Storage Infrastructure Performance and Flexibility

CIOReviewIndia Team | Thursday, 21 May 2020, 08:44 IST

                                Dell EMC PowerStore Breaks Ground in Storage Infrastructure Performance and Flexibility

News summary

  • Dell EMC PowerStore is up to seven times faster, three times more responsive than previous Dell EMC midrange storage arrays
  • AppsON capability is the only way that VMware virtualized workloads and software applications can run directly on a purpose-built array for faster access to data and quicker response times
  • Dell Technologies has maintained the top spot in India’s external storage systems market for 10 consecutive quarters[i]

Full story

Dell Technologies (NYSE: DELL), the leader in enterprise storage[ii], announces Dell EMC PowerStore – a modern infrastructure platform built from the ground up with superior technology and expertise to address the challenges of the data era.

“Data visibility has become the top priority for majority of organizations. Therefore, to accelerate digital transformation, IT organizations must address their data needs by simplifying and automating their IT as well as by consolidating systems for greater control,” said Amit Luthra, Director & GM – Data Centre Solutions, Dell Technologies India. “Our new PowerStore solution is our first product as a combined company which acts as a testimony of our unwavering commitment to support our storage portfolio. Dell EMC PowerStore’s unique features including datacentric design, intelligent automation and adaptable architecture will help customers address their storage challenges and help them deliver continued innovation.”

“Capitalizing on digital transformation has become crucial for businesses. But, many learn that it is a complex and challenging process, simply because data has become more diverse and IT is unable to keep up. Hence, what these organizations need to look for, is a modern storage solution that not only eliminates these tradeoffs but also transforms and mobilizes both traditional and modern workloads with ease, ” said Anil Sethi,  Vice President & General Manager- Channel, Dell Technologies India. “Dell EMC PowerStore is a uniquely adaptable infrastructure platform that will provide our partners with a massive opportunity to help customers easily consolidate their IT architecture across the data center, public cloud and the edge.”

Modern Infrastructure for the Data Era

Organizations can accelerate decision making, data access and application performance with PowerStore, which is designed for six-nines (99.9999%) availability[iii]:

  • Any Workload: PowerStore simplifies IT infrastructure by supporting a wide range of traditional and modern workloads with its scale-up, scale-out architecture for block, file and VMware vVols.
  • Performance Optimized: PowerStore is seven times faster[iv] and three times more responsive than previous Dell EMC midrange storage arrays,[v] because of its end-to-end NVMe design and support for Storage Class Memory as persistent storage powered by dual port Intel® Optane™ SSDs.
  • Efficiency Without Compromise: Customers can save on IT budget and capacity with always-on deduplication, compression and a guaranteed 4:1 data reduction. [vi]

Machine learning and intelligent automation allows for faster delivery of applications and services with up to 99% less staff time to balance volumes [vii]:

  • Programmable Infrastructure: Streamlines application development and reduces deployment timeframes from days to seconds,[viii] with VMware integration and support for leading management and orchestration frameworks including Kubernetes, Ansible and VMware vRealize Orchestrator.
  • Autonomous Infrastructure: Built-in machine learning automates labor-intensive processes like initial volume placement, migrations, load balancing and issue resolution.
  • Infrastructure Insights: Dell EMC CloudIQ storage monitoring and analytics software combines machine learning and human intelligence for real-time performance and capacity analysis and historical tracking for a single view of Dell EMC infastructure. Dell Technologies will integrate CloudIQ across the full Dell Technologies infrastructure portfolio for even greater insights.

PowerStore transforms data center operations and allows organizations to evolve their infrastructure in lockstep with everchanging business needs:

  • Container-Based Architecture: PowerStoreOS, the system’s container-based software architecture, enables feature portability, standardization and rapid time-to-market for new capabilities.
  • Introducing AppsON:  The only purpose-built storage array that includes a built-in VMware ESXi Hypervisor[ix],  administrators can deploy apps directly on the array for greater flexibility. An industry-first, AppsON is ideal for data-intensive workloads in core or edge locations and infrastructure applications.
  • Ease of Migration: New native tools within the PowerStore Manager wizard allow customers to automate entire migrations in fewer than ten clicks.[x] Customers can take advantage of a number of non-disruptive options to migrate from existing storage like Unity, SC, PS Series, VNX and XtremIO.

Cloud Flexibility with PowerStore

Customers can deploy PowerStore in the way that best meets their cloud strategy and business needs:

  • Dell Technologies Cloud Validated Designs for PowerStore for deployment flexibility of demanding workloads in hybrid cloud environments.
  • Dell EMC Cloud Storage Services can directly connect PowerStore to all major public clouds including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure and Google Cloud as a managed service. Cloud Storage Services provide Data Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) to VMware Cloud on AWS.
  • PowerStore can be deployed as a storage option within Dell EMC PowerOne autonomous infrastructure, which accelerates an organization’s shift to cloud-like operations.

[i] IDC Asia/Pacific Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker, 2019Q4, April, 2020 – Vendor Revenue.

[ii] IDC WW Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker, 2019Q4, March 12, 2020 – Vendor Revenue.

[iii] Based on the Dell Technologies specification for Dell EMC PowerStore, April 2020. Actual system availability may vary.

[iv] Based on Dell analysis comparing PowerStore 9000 4x cluster to Unity XT 880 running 70/30 random read/write mix, 8K block size with compression and deduplication active, March 2020.  Actual performance will vary based on configurations and usage and manufacturing variability.

[v] Based on Dell analysis comparing latency with PowerStore 9000 vs. Unity XT 880 at 300K IOPS, 8K random, 70/30 read/write mix, compression and deduplication active, March 2020.  Actual results will vary.

[vi] 4:1 average rate guaranteed across customer applications.  Rates for individual applications may vary.  See Future-Proof program terms and conditions for details. 

[vii] Based on Dell analysis of staff time required to maintain balanced PowerStore cluster vs. traditional multi-array deployment, March 2020.  Factors in effort required to monitor, plan, define and execute volume migrations.  Actual results will vary.

[viii] Based on Dell analysis of effort required to deploy workloads with and without Ansible and vRO orchestration integrations, March 2020. Factors in effort required to monitor, plan, define and execute volume migrations.  Actual results will vary.

[ix] Based on Dell analysis of publicly available information on current solutions from mainstream storage vendors, April 2020. ESXi Hypervisor is available with PowerStore X models.

[x] Based on Dell internal analysis of minimum effort required to execute non-disruptive migration of volume group using PowerStore’s built-in migration tools for Unity, SC Series, PS Series and VNX arrays, March 2020.  Actual results will vary. XtremIO support for built-in migration tools has planned availability later this year.


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