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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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PowerMax

Dell EMC introduced several major enhancements to its flagship PowerMax line in addition to its ability to work with Cloud Storage Services.

The biggest is the introduction of a new storage-class memory technology for a big jump in performance. That technology was jointly developed by Dell EMC and Intel and based on Intel's Optane technology, and first introduced at Dell Technologies World.

Gordon said PowerMax will be the first scale-out storage platform to ship with Intel's dual-port, enterprise-class storage-class memory device. "Intel has made its storage-class memory available for PCs and servers, but this is the first to be available inside a storage device like the PowerMax," she said.

Also new with PowerMax is a big expansion into automation with a new plug-in for VMware's vRealize Orchestrator, or vRO, to automate workflow. Support for Ansible playbooks will be added this Summer.

This Summer will also see compatibility with the new Container Storage Interface, or CSI, making PowerMax the only platform to support everything from mainframes to containers, Gordon said.

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Unity XT

The Dell EMC Unity XT, the latest in the company's Unity midrange storage line, is aimed at improved performance and efficiency, as well as to help clients more quickly move to multi-cloud infrastructures.

Unity XT features a combination of software enhancements and the latest generation of Intel processors to double the performance of the previous generation of Unity. It is slated to ship in the second quarter of 2019.

The Unity XT is NVMe-ready, Grocott said. "Customers over time to will be able to seamlessly and non-disruptively add NVMe drives to their Unity XT system," he said.

"NVMe-ready" means that customers in about a year after Unity XT is released will be able to do a non-disruptive software upgrade to take advantage of the high-performance NVMe protocol, Gordon said.

Unity XT officially features a 5-to-1 data reduction capability, although many customers see more, Gordan. Dell EMC offers a guaranteed 3-to-1 data reduction guarantee, as long as the data in question does not contain large amounts of photographs or other files which are very difficult if not impossible to deduplicate or compress, she said.

 
 
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