Dell broadens storage portfolio, solutions designed for future growth

  • SCv2000 Series offer new entry-class arrays based on Dell Storage Center
  • Dell Storage with Microsoft Storage Spaces further expands its software-defined solutions portfolio

Dell broadens storage portfolio, solutions designed for future growth 
Dell Malaysia announced several new storage offerings designed to help businesses and organizations adapt and scale their data centers to keep pace with ever-increasing IT demands.
With the aim of addressing both current and new methods for managing the massive growth of data, the announcement revolved around a new entry-level array series, higher performing dense storage arrays, enhanced software capabilities and new SDS appliances.
“Dell continues to redefine the economics of enterprise storage, offering customers of all sizes world class storage solutions that remove complexity, lower cost and deliver impressive long-term value,” said William Tan, head of Enterprise Solutions, Dell Malaysia.
“The new Dell Storage SCv2000 Series brings the proven performance and protection of our Dell SC Series arrays to an entry-level offering with best-in-class value at a very disruptive price.”
With this introduction, customers gain access to entry-level storage arrays with the same common management and several of the core features as higher-end Dell SC Series arrays.
Dell claimed the new series offers the best performance and protection in its class with integrated data protection to support specialized projects, database and test environments, or simple storage consolidation.
Extending Dell Storage Center software to entry-level arrays allows customers to standardize on a common platform, helping them save time, management costs and operational overhead.
The SCv2000 Series meanwhile, allows customers access to higher-end storage capabilities. Starting at approximately US$14,000 per array, the new series launches with 3 models supported by 3 expansion options.  

The company said  the arrays deliver best-in-class performance in a single, affordable 2U enclosure, with options that include proven data protection features, RAID tiering to optimize capacity, thin provisioning, flash support, data-migration services, and multi-protocol connectivity.  Customers can help safeguard their data with granular data protection that allows up to 2,000 snapshots and 500 replications.
These arrays offer integrated features such as Remote Instant Replay, Local Instant Replays and Replay Manager along with RAID tiering t that optimizes SAN capacity.  Tight integration with common application environments, such as Microsoft and VMware, could potentially help to simplify virtualized data centers, allowing local and remote data protection features to take consistent snapshots of virtual machines without sacrificing performance.
Customers can also potentially gain more value from existing investments with data migration to higher-tier Dell Storage SC4000 and SC8000 Series arrays.  The SCv2000 Series can be managed with the same, single user interface as other SC Series arrays. Customers can scale capacity when needed with the benefit of no capacity licensing and choose from a broad range of hard drives and SSDs, configured for a variety of applications.
Dell Storage PS6610 Series

The Dell Storage PS6610 Series enterprise arrays was also announced to address the mid-market for iSCSI-based arrays.  The company said the new dual-controller arrays include 3.5 times the capacity and up to 7 times the performance—compared to the previous generation EqualLogic PS6510 arrays.
The PS6610 Series offer hybrid flash and hard disk drive configurations, support critical business applications and are ideal for customers with large data repository requirements.  They combine the power of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and dense storage, with the ability to support half a petabyte of capacity in a single 5U array. With greatly improved density, memory and performance, the arrays require less space to support customers’ growing data requirements.
Dell Expands Software-Defined Storage (SDS) Portfolio

Dell also announced Dell Storage with Microsoft Storage Space, a new solution designed to support Microsoft’s SDS capabilities on Dell’s enterprise-class server and direct attached storage hardware.
The new Scale-Out File Server (SOFS) solutions, available in five configurations, support customers seeking an SDS and virtualized storage approach to various workloads, including private cloud deployments, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), and SQL and Hyper-V environments.
Dell’s solution support includes performance and capacity sizing, end-to-end fulfillment, deployment and on-going system support.  It would also allow customers to start small and scale to more than one petabyte of raw storage as their business needs grow.

The Dell Storage SCv2000 Series arrays are available globally from July 24, while the Dell Storage PS6610 Series arrays and Dell EqualLogic PS Series Array Software 8.0 will be available globally in early Q3.  As for Dell Storage with Microsoft Storage Spaces, that has been available since June 2015.

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