by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC Updates Unity & SC Series Storage Software

Today Dell EMC announced major software updates to its Unity and SC Series. For Unity, the company is updating to Operating Environment (OE) 4.4 that brings a boost in file-based replication and data mobility as well as new security capabilities for block and file workloads. Dell EMC is also announcing that it has shipped 1 Exabyte of raw flash storage capacity since its May 2016 debut. For its SC Series Operating System (SCOS) 7.3, users gain a new Unisphere HTML5 interface and a big boost in performance.

The updates today show that Dell EMC is shows the company’s commitment to innovation for midrange solutions. The updates, built into both Dell EMC Unity and SC Series All-flash and Hybrid storage arrays, give customer new features and performance. The upgrades can be done non-disruptively and for free for those that have an active ProSupport agreement. 

With over 1 Exabyte of raw flash storage capacity shipped in two years, Dell EMC Unity is quite a popular midrange storage option. Designed to be simple including the ability to be easily deployed, have streamline management and seamlessly tier unified storage workloads to the cloud. The Unity line was has:

  • Array-based file replication
    • New Metrosync array-based file replication protects transactional file applications with rapid recovery and automated failover to a secondary data center
    • 2-Way NDMP improves performance for better NAS backup times while reducing WAN/LAN network congestion
  • Data Mobility
    • Built-in data mobility capabilities to migrate block data from third-party storage arrays directly to Dell EMC Unity
  • Security Enhancements
    • LDAP/AD enhancements for performance, availability, and search flexibility for Microsoft environments

Dell EMC is also releasing an update to its SCOS, up to version 7.3. The update is all about performance and we had a review of its new performance here. Feel free to check out the review. The company states that the update can also do the following:

  • Major IOPS performance boost
    • Now up to 2.2M max IOPS per array, over 20M in federated multi-array environments
    • 2X increase in maximum IOPS across every current SC array model
    • 50,000-100,000 more mixed-workload IOPS across every SC array
  • Improved management for single and multi-array environments
    • New Unisphere for SC HTML5 Web UI simplifies and automates common storage management tasks; shares common look and feel with Unisphere for Dell EMC Unity
  • Easier, more cost-effective upgrades and expansion
    • Up to 2X increase in maximum capacity per array
    • Data-in-place upgrades for the popular SC4020 offers cost-effective option for customers to migrate data to newer SC models
    • SCv2000 can now federate/replicate with other SC Series arrays
  • More enterprise-class efficiency and availability
    • Support for 100Gb and 25Gb iSCSI network hardware offers customers future-proof solutions and buying assurance
    • Distributed sparing, for greater I/O efficiency and up to 500% faster rebuilds  
    • Live Volume enhancements designed to deliver lower latency and reduced network traffic in high availability environments

Availability

Dell EMC Unity OE 4.4 and SC Series SCOS 7.3 are available now as no-cost software upgrades for customers with an active Dell ProSupport agreement. 

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