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Dell EMC PowerScale Storage Announced

by Adam Armstrong
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Today Dell Technologies announced its latest storage family to combine storage software and server hardware, Dell EMC PowerScale. This technological combination aims to set the standard on how companies capture and capitalize on unstructured data, such as documents, images, videos, and, important in this modern age, social media content. PowerScale can be used elastically by leveraging Dell Technologies On Demand flexible consumption model.

Today Dell Technologies announced its latest storage family to combine storage software and server hardware, Dell EMC PowerScale. This technological combination aims to set the standard on how companies capture and capitalize on unstructured data, such as documents, images, videos, and, important in this modern age, social media content. PowerScale can be used elastically by leveraging Dell Technologies On Demand flexible consumption model.

Dell EMC PowerScale

Data, unstructured in particular, is growing at an enormous rate with no sign of slowing down or stopping. Every so often an analyst firm likes to put up some numbers based on their research, but the numbers generally have to be reassessed higher. All of this data needs to be stored and analyzed, something that has been a bit of a struggle. Dell EMC is looking to marriage its award-winning server hardware with its storage software in Dell EMC PowerScale. The company states that PowerScale can unlock the potential of organizations’ data, no matter where it resides, and use it to drive meaningful business impact.

The first step on the software side is the OS. Dell EMC PowerScale leverages OneFS operating system (more well known for being the OS in Isilon). The latest version bring several software benefits including enhanced data reduction technology, S3 object access and support for Ansible and Kubernetes. For analytics PowerScale uses Dell EMC DataIQ software. DataIQ is said to help discover, understand and act on unstructured data across private and public cloud storage. The software has the following benefits:

  • Put data to work: The introduction of Dell EMC DataIQ software helps companies extract business value from unstructured data, typically uncategorized and found in siloes throughout businesses. DataIQ breaks down data siloes by delivering a single view of file and object data across Dell EMC, third-party and public cloud storage. Users can gain better control over their data, ensure the right teams have access to it, and make the most of their investment by ensuring data is stored on the right tier within their storage environment.
  • Proactive health monitoring: Dell EMC CloudIQ infrastructure monitoring and analytics software combines machine learning and human intelligence to provide customers with real-time performance and capacity analysis as well as historical tracking for a single view of Dell EMC infrastructure.

For hardware, Dell is leveraging its Dell EMC PowerEdge servers. The Dell EMC PowerScale family will start as 1U boxes that are all-flash as well as NVMe nodes and existing Isilon all-flash, hybrid and archive nodes running the PowerScale OneFS 9.0 operating system. The new storage family is said to deliver up to 15.8 million IOPS per cluster, making it ideal for AI, analytics, IOT, digital media, healthcare and life sciences workloads. The storage family comes with inline data reduction for more efficient data storage.

Other Dell EMC PowerScale benefits include:

  • Scale without disruption: PowerScale clusters can scale from 11TB raw capacity to 60PB and millions of file operations without disruption or costly downtime for customers. Nodes can be added to either PowerScale or an existing Isilon cluster in just 60 seconds.
  • Intelligent automation: With smart scale-out capabilities, PowerScale distributes resources effectively so that customers can get the most performance out of a cluster.
  • Resilient and efficient: Through flexible failover policies, PowerScale delivers up to 85% storage utilization across a cluster and can sustain multi-node failures.
  • Programmable infrastructure: With support for a number of leading management and container orchestration frameworks, such as Kubernetes, and Ansible, customers can streamline application development and reduce deployment timeframes.
  • Any application: PowerScale OneFS 9.0 features broad multiprotocol support, including new S3 support for modern apps relying on object storage. Additional support for protocols including NFS, SMB and HDFS, allow customers to run a large number of traditional and modern applications without compatibility concerns.
  • Deployment flexibility: PowerScale is easily deployed in core data centers, in edge locations or as part of a multi-cloud strategy. The compact 1U footprint and minimum cluster size of new all-flash F200 and NVMe F600 PowerScale nodes make it an ideal option for edge deployments.
  • Multi-cloud support: PowerScale for Multi-cloud can directly connect to all major public clouds as a managed service – ideal for customers looking to move or deploy demanding apps in the cloud. Google Cloud customers looking to save time and management complexity can choose Dell Technologies Cloud PowerScale for Google Cloud, a native cloud service that combines the performance, scale, and consistent experience of PowerScale with the economics and simplicity of Google Cloud.

Availability

Dell EMC PowerScale OneFS 9.0, PowerScale nodes and DataIQ are available globally now.

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