Dell Introduces New Features for PowerMax, PowerStore and PowerFlex

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Dell Technologies (NYSE: DELL) has updated the software across its storage portfolio to boost intelligence, automation, cyber resiliency, and multi-cloud flexibility. It includes more than 500 Dell storage portfolio software advancements for the vendor’s PowerMax, PowerStore and PowerFlex offerings.

Photo Jeff Clarke, vice chairman and co-chief operating officer, Dell Technologies
“We’re delivering major software innovation across our portfolio to help customers make the most of their data and resources,” said Jeff Clarke, vice chairman and co-chief operating officer, Dell Technologies.

At no cost to current customers, more than 500 software enhancements across Dell PowerStore, PowerMax, and PowerFlex would enable quicker data analytics, improved multi-cloud data control, and greater cyber resiliency. Following the announcement of Project Alpine, which would extend the enterprise capacity, performance, and security of Dell storage software to public clouds, these developments are the latest instances of Dell storage software innovation.

These 500 software enhancements in Dell PowerStore, PowerMax, and PowerFlex are expected to be available globally in the third quarter of 2022.

“Organizations are increasingly seeking IT infrastructure that delivers a cloud-like experience wherever their data lives,” said Eric Burgener, research vice president, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms and Technologies Group, IDC. “Dell has designed these sweeping software and hardware enhancements across its comprehensive, multi-cloud infrastructure portfolio to deliver that experience with greater automation, security and control.”

Key highlights of Dell’s storage portfolio upgrade include:

Dell PowerStore – The company’s new architecture would raise mixed workload performance by up to 5 percent and increase capacity by up to 66 percent. With software-only high availability metro replication enabled in as few as five clicks, customers can better plan business continuity plans. Additional software advancements would provide organizations with the following benefits:

  • With file level retention, native file replication, and support for third-party file monitoring and ransomware protection, organizations can better support and safeguard file workloads.
  • Improved VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (vVols) latency and performance, as well as easier disaster recovery with vVols replication, VM-level snapshots, and quick clones, are all available through deeper VMware integrations.
  • With end-to-end NVMe support and faster networking speeds, organizations can get the most out of their new gear.

Dell PowerMax – Cyber resilience advances, including cyber vaults for conventional and mainframe installations, will be introduced by Dell’s storage offering. CloudIQ’s ransomware capabilities would aid in the early detection of intrusions, reducing exposure and speeding recovery. With a new 4:1 data reduction guarantee, PowerMax would now deliver up to 65 million safe snapshots to boost cyber recovery and efficiency. Additional software-driven updates would provide organizations with the following benefits:

  • Automated storage activities such as multi-array smart provisioning, workload optimization, and health monitoring and remediation can boost productivity.
  • With quicker cloud snapshot shipping and recovery, built-in high availability to decrease downtime, and easy restore of cloud-based object storage data, organizations may quickly migrate data to public clouds.
  • Experience double the performance with up to 50 performance better response times in demanding application and mainframe environments on two new NVMe-based PowerMax models. ‘Anytime Upgrade’ customers are eligible for non-disruptive upgrades.

Dell PowerFlex – With new file services that enable for unified block and file capabilities on a single platform, software-defined infrastructure will merge conventional and contemporary workloads. With the widest file and block8 support for all key Kubernetes and container orchestration systems from AWS, Google, Microsoft, Red Hat, SUSE, and VMware, PowerFlex simplifies multi-cloud and DevOps. Organizations can now do the following:

  • Consolidate conventional and containerized workloads utilizing unified block and file storage services across bare metal and virtualized deployments to save money on TCO.
  • Simplify PowerFlex deployment through NVMe-over-TCP connectivity with consistent standards-based storage networking.
  • Streamline operations with PowerFlex Manager software’s new unified compute, storage, and system lifecycle management features.

“Organizations all over the world look to Dell to help them move faster while turning their data into a competitive advantage,” said Jeff Clarke, vice chairman and co-chief operating officer, Dell Technologies. “We’re delivering major software innovation across our portfolio to help customers make the most of their data and resources.”