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Dell EMC designs new infrastructure to support new complexities of data storage

Dell Technologies (Dell) adapts to the new requirements of data storage and management with the unveiling of Dell EMC PowerStore, which promises to be “seven times faster, three times more responsive than previous Dell EMC midrange storage arrays.”

In a virtual media briefing, Dell Southeast Asia executives laid out the benefits of Dell EMC PowerStore, which also addresses the changing landscape of managing a huge amount of data brought by the emerging remote work setup.

“Organizations today are on the verge of capitalizing on digital transformation, but are struggling with two significant problems – first, the sheer amount of data being created daily, and second, the increasing pressure on IT to become more simple and agile,” said Grainger Wallis, SVP, Data Centre Solutions, Asia Pacific & Japan. “Dell EMC PowerStore was engineered from the ground up to help our customers to effectively meet these new demands.”


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Dell EMC PowerStore is designed for six-nines (99.9999%) availability, which would allow organizations to accelerate decision making, data access, and application performance with PowerStore. By simplifying the IT infrastructure, it can also support a wide range of traditional and modern workloads with its scale-up, scale-out architecture for block, file, and VMware vVols.

IT budget and capacity

PowerStore is seven times faster and three times more responsive than previous Dell EMC midrange storage arrays, because of its end-to-end NVMe design and support for Storage Class Memory as persistent storage powered by dual-port Intel Optane SSDs.

“Customers tell us the main obstacle keeping them from achieving their digital transformation initiatives is the constant tug-of-war between supporting the ever-increasing number of workloads – from traditional IT applications to data analytics – and the reality of cost constraints, limitations, and complexity of their existing IT infrastructure,” said Dan Inbar, president and general manager, storage, Dell Technologies.

According to Dell EMC, customers can save on IT budget and capacity with always-on deduplication, compression, and a guaranteed 4:1 data reduction.

As it is designed with programmable infrastructure, Dell PowerStorage streamlines application development and reduces deployment timeframes from days to seconds, with VMware integration and support for leading management and orchestration frameworks including Kubernetes, Ansible and VMware vRealize Orchestrator.

Machine learning

The incorporation of machine learning (ML) and intelligent automation speeds up the delivery of applications and services with up to 99% less staff time to balance volumes. Built-in ML automates labor-intensive processes like initial volume placement, migrations, load balancing, and issue resolution.

Data monitoring and analytics would be taken care of by Dell EMC CloudIQ storage software, which combines ML and human intelligence for real-time performance and capacity analysis and historical tracking for a single view of Dell EMC infrastructure. Dell Technologies will integrate CloudIQ across the full Dell Technologies infrastructure portfolio for even greater insights.

AppsOn

Organizations reliant on container-based architecture can turn to PowerStoreOS, the system’s container-based software architecture that enables feature portability, standardization, and rapid time-to-market for new capabilities.

With the introduction of AppsON, administrators can deploy apps directly on the array that includes a built-in VMware ESXi Hypervisor. Dell said that AppsON is ideal for data-intensive workloads in core or edge locations and infrastructure applications.

As the landscape is constantly changing, the PowerStore Manager wizard allows customers to automate entire migrations in fewer than ten clicks. Customers can take advantage of a number of non-disruptive options to migrate from existing storage like Unity, SC, PS Series, VNX, and XtremIO.