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Q&A: Dell Cloud Exec On Red Hat Partnership, Co-Existence With EMC Software-Defined Product Lines And Competition With HPE

Jim Ganthier says Dell's latest enterprise software-defined storage effort with Red Hat will exist alongside software-defined products being added in the pending acquisition of storage giant EMC.

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Dell says its latest enterprise software-defined storage effort with Red Hat will co-exist with software-defined products that will be brought in with the pending acquisition of storage giant EMC, and will be more flexible than Red Hat solutions offered by Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Jim Ganthier, Dell vice president of engineered solutions and cloud, told CRN the new Dell DSS 7000 object storage server for Red Hat's Ceph 2 open-source, software-defined storage platform underlines Dell's commitment to offering customers a wide variety of product options, and will be slotted into Dell's product portfolio alongside EMC's ScaleIO, Isilon and Elastic Cloud Storage solutions.

Ganthier also argued that the new Dell-Red Hat Ceph line emphasizes the difference between Dell's "heterogeneous" strategy and HPE's strategy of "just trying to make it work."

The DSS 7000 is a high-capacity object storage server for Ceph environments. It's designed for scale-out cloud data centers, putting 90 3.5-inch drives in one 4U chassis, and delivering up to 720 TB of capacity, according to Dell. Dell is set to acquire data storage giant EMC in a more than $62 billion merger expected to close before the end of October.

What follows in an edited excerpt of CRN's conversation with Ganthier.

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