Dell Focus On Server Flash Storage
Dell touted flash storage and ease of management in its new 13G (generation 13) server line. One new model has a tier of 18 1.8-inch SATA SSDs paired with a tier of eight 3.5-inch spinning drives that takes advantage of the Microsoft Storage Spaces to manage the tiers. The company also added a common connector that allows SATA, SAS and PCIe flash, and spinning drives to be easily added depending on requirements.
On the management side, Dell introduced ZeroTouch autoconfiguration and iDRAC QuickSync, which Dell called the first NFC-enabled technology for updating servers by tapping a smart device to the server.