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12 New Storage Products And Rumors From Dell EMC And Friends

Dell EMC and some of its strategic partners used the recent Dell Technologies World conference to highlight significant advances in storage tech for managing and protecting on-premises and cloud-based data, but Dell kept mum on its coming "Midrange.next."

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Dell EMC Opens Kimono For Peek At New "Midrange.next" Storage Coming This Year 

One thing not publicly shown at Dell EMC World was a new midrange storage platform that will eventually unify and replace its legacy Unity midrange line, the midrange SC family from Dell's acquisition of Compellent, and the older PS line from Dell's acquisition of EqualLogic.

Dell EMC's many acquisitions over the years has given it a product line card with multiple incompatible and, in some cases, competing, storage lines. However, even as it continues developing both its Unity and its SC families, it is quietly working on a new single midrange line expected to hit the market by year-end, said Caitlin Gordon, senior director of product marketing for Dell EMC storage.

The multi-track development continues because of customer requirements, Gordon told CRN. "There is a massive installed base for the Unity and SC platforms," she said. "EMC has done lots of transitions in the past. We know what it takes to transition customers to new platforms."

While multiple channel sources have told CRN that the new midrange platform is code-named "Trident," Gordon said the new platform is internally known as "midrange.next." However, it is likely to come with Power as part of its name, given that it will sit between the entry-level PowerVault and flagship PowerMax, she said.

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Cloud Storage Services 

Dell EMC introduced Dell EMC Cloud Storage Services as a way to extend data center storage services to public clouds in conjunction with its Unity XT, PowerMax, and Isilon lines.

Dell EMC will initially support two use cases with Cloud Storage Services. The first is an automated disaster recovery-as-a-service supporting the Unity and the PowerMax platforms, and the second is multi-cloud access for use in bursting to the cloud for things like workload analytics and test/dev.

Cloud Storage Service is currently available in North America.

"[These will] help our customers extend their data centers from on-premises into the cloud," Grocott said. "Our Cloud Storage Services deliver the performance and resiliency of the Dell EMC storage that [customers] would expect on-prem, but now can leverage and take advantage of the agility of the public cloud's compute in an as-a-service model."

 
 
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