Dell EMC Launches All-Flash Storage Barrage

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Dell EMC World is continuing the decade-plus tradition set by EMC World to be a platform for showcasing the future of storage technology.

And for Dell EMC, which after its historic merger became the world's largest storage vendor, the future of storage is anchored on software capabilities and the hybrid cloud.

To maintain Dell EMC's No. 1 position in storage, the company has continued to innovate its storage technology, said Sam Grocott, senior vice president of marketing for storage and data protection.

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"Whether it's across the core tenets of the modern data center, scale-out, software-defined storage, next-generation flash technologies and converged offerings, we continue to demonstrate rapid innovation that is meeting our customers' ever-evolving needs," Grocott told CRN. "It's been full speed ahead on innovation."

Dell EMC makes a strong case about the importance of on-premise and hybrid cloud infrastructures, said Jamie Shepard, senior vice president for health care and strategy at Lumenate, a Dallas-based solution provider and longtime Dell EMC partner.

"Dell EMC is creating better performance and management of on-premise storage," Shepard told CRN. "They're putting a damper on the public cloud for primary storage, and are showing how to better leverage hybrid clouds."

Grocott said that nearly every Dell EMC storage product is being refreshed with new hardware and software. At the high end, Dell EMC is introducing the VMAX 950F, the new ‑ flagship of its all flash enterprise storage array family. New is a 68 percent increase in the performance as measured by IOs per second, as well as a 30 percent increase in response time.

Dell EMC is also debuting its second-generation XtremIO high-end all-flash block storage platform. XtremIO X2 offers a 25 percent increase in the data reduction capabilities, and supports scale-up in addition to scale-out to let customers add additional storage densities to previously deployed nodes while cutting total cost of ownership by half on a per-gigabyte basis, Grocott said.

Also refreshed is the Unity all-flash midrange array line with four models that take advantage of new CPU and memory capabilities. They offer 16 times the storage density and a 30 percent performance improvement over the current generation, and they can handle a maximum ­file size of 256 TB compared with the current 64 TB. Installation takes less than 10 minutes, Grocott said.

Dell EMC also introduced the latest iteration of its SC Compellent midrange storage arrays. The SC5020 has double the capacity of previous models, and offers 45 percent more IOs per second performance. It is the first in the SC family to support a wide range of Dell EMC enterprise storage software including PowerPath automated data path management and load-balancing software, ViPR storage automation software, RecoverPoint disaster recovery software, and Connectrix storage networking, Grocott said.

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