BrandArena: Dell Brings Leading Flash Economics to New Mid-Tier Storage Array Series

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Dell Brings Leading Flash Economics to New Mid-Tier Storage Array Series

Dell has announced it will bring its high-end storage capabilities to mid-sized deployments with the creation of a new series of full-featured, enterprise storage arrays. Dell also shared details of its growing software-defined storage (SDS) ecosystem and plans to broaden its portfolio with new Dell converged server and storage appliances.

The new Dell Storage SC4000 Series arrays arrays demonstrate Dell’s continued innovation to bring full-featured, enterprise-class storage to cost-efficient, high-performing, mid-tier solutions. With these new arrays, customers can achieve impressive all-flash performance – costing up to 72 percent less than competing pure flash arrays1 – or a highly cost-efficient combination of high-end flash performance and low-cost disk storage all in one array. The storage array series joins Dell’s customer-driven, enterprise data centre portfolio of purpose-built solutions designed to make IT more efficient and practical.

According to Ololade Olotu, Dell Nigeria Customer Solutions Engineer,  “Dell modern storage architecture enables the right data to be in the right place at the right time for the right cost”.  This makes Dell storage solution a perfect fit for addressing customer’s need in terms of performance optimization, price performance and cost optimization”.

“As an existing Dell Compellent SC8000 customer, we see the Dell Storage SC4020 as an excellent fit for our remote locations, allowing us to replicate digital media and large documents back to home base.The SC4000 will allow us to get even greater value out of our existing Dell Storage environment with a smaller entry point that offers the same ease of installation, ease of use and enterprise functionality.” Olotu added

 “The Dell Storage SC4000 Series is redefining the economics of enterprise storage, offering the advanced capabilities of larger-scale enterprise storage and outstanding price for performance to help customers with mid-tier storage needs become more competitive,” said Alan Atkinson, vice president and general manager, Dell Storage. “While Dell continues to make huge strides in evolving our storage portfolio with industry leading value propositions for customers seeking innovative SAN technology, we’re also supporting organisations opting for a revolutionary approach to data management by growing our portfolio of software-defined storage and converged solutions.”

Supporting customers seeking high-performing and cost-efficient storage arrays at a smaller scale, the new Dell Storage SC4000 Series arrays will debut with the enterprise-class Dell Storage SC4020, a 2U, 24-drive storage area network (SAN). These enterprise-class arrays leverage technology from both the Dell Compellent and EqualLogic family of products, incorporating full-featured Dell Compellent Storage Center 6.5 array software and the EqualLogic iSCSI software stack. The new series supports both Fibre Channel and iSCSI connectivity and is designed to offer the same advanced capabilities as larger SANs in a solution sized and priced for mid-sized deployments.

The Dell Storage SC4020, which can scale to more than 400 terabytes of raw capacity, supports a wide range of workloads for organisations, across all industries and sizes, seeking a high-performing, mid-sized SAN entry point or a remote or branch office storage solution. For example, the Dell Storage SC4020 can host up to 10,000 Microsoft Exchange 2013 user mailboxes in a single 2U SAN with 24 hard disk drives or can achieve nearly 120,000 IOPS (input-output operations per second) with less than one millisecond latency for OLTP or mixed workloads.3

The new arrays will launch with the same intelligent data placement capability as the Dell Compellent SC8000 that moves data among traditional rotating drives, write-optimised flash (SLC), and read-optimised flash (MLC) drives to optimise overall storage costs. Customers can achieve all-flash performance for the price of 15K disk technology2 with real time tiering between flash drive types, thereby reducing storage costs and gaining from all-flash performance to support applications, such as OLTP database workloads, where previously all-flash storage might have been deemed cost prohibitive.

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