Dell Technologies has upgraded the performance of Dell EMC PowerStore enterprise storage systems with new software and automation capabilities. The company is also introducing the PowerStore 500, a lower-cost model suitable for a broader range of businesses and use cases with enterprise performance and features.
The new Dell EMC PowerStore software would significantly improve workload performance. Details of the upgrade include:
- Performance improvements – PowerStore supports a wide range of workloads with its scale-up, scale-out architecture for block, file and VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes. Businesses would now get better performance from workloads on their PowerStore, achieving “up to 25%” more Input/Output Operations Per Second (IOPS).
- Infrastructure modernization – PowerStore would extend the advantages of NVMe across the data center by adding the option of NVMe over Fibre Channel (NVMe-FC). It requires a simple software update and no additional hardware.
- Scale-out with AppsON – As a storage array with a built-in VMware ESXi hypervisor, it allows customers to run applications directly on the system using the AppsON feature for better performance, mobility and workload consolidation. Scale-out and appliance clustering additions to AppsON provide additional compute power for storage-intensive applications at the edge in areas such as healthcare and big data analytics.
PowerStore updates automate data processes while delivering greater cost savings:
- Intelligent data reduction – PowerStore simplifies storage management by optimizing capacity and performance while delivering “a guaranteed 4:1” data reduction. The array’s Intelligent Data Reduction functionality is always running without impacting performance.
- Greater resiliency – PowerStore’s Dynamic Resiliency Engine (DRE) helps customers maintain performance while safeguarding against dual drive failures. DRE provides “up to 98%” less management effort compared to traditional RAID configurations.
- Smarter tiering – PowerStore uses storage class memory (SCM) as persistent storage and differentiates between SCM and standard NVMe drives within the system, speeding metadata access for “up to 15%” lower workload latency with an investment as low as a single Intel Optane D4800X drive.
PowerStore’s automation capabilities are complimented by Dell EMC CloudIQ, storage monitoring and analytics software that uses artificial and human intelligence to deliver real-time performance and capacity insights.
Introducing PowerStore 500
The PowerStore 500 would deliver enterprise performance and storage services at an accessible price point. PowerStore 500 is suitable to businesses of any size and can be used in remote or branch locations, edge environments or larger IT deployments. It’s also available through Flex On Demand, allowing customers to acquire the technology they need with payments that scale to match actual usage.
The array’s compact 2U form-factor stores up to 1.2 petabytes and is capable of handling demanding enterprise workloads, supporting up to 2.4 million SQL transactions per minute and 1,500 VDI desktops per appliance. Customers can combine multiple PowerStore 500 appliances for an affordable cluster that is easily managed with automation and data mobility capabilities. For larger configurations, customers can mix and match PowerStore models to scale as IT needs change.
The Dell EMC Future-Proof Program includes Anytime Upgrades, a flexible controller upgrade program. Unique to Dell Technologies, customers can enhance or expand their PowerStore performance and capacity after “only” 180 days. Anytime Upgrades, combined with PowerStore’s adaptable architecture, would eliminate costly, disruptive platform migrations.
“Enterprises undergoing digital transformation are looking for performance and flexibility to better help them accommodate demanding new workloads and better consolidate existing ones in distributed environments,” said Eric Burgener, research vice president, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms and Technologies Group at IDC. “The incorporation of new technologies and enterprise-class storage management capabilities into lower cost storage like the Dell EMC PowerStore 500 provide additional options for customers even as they drive more value for the money.”
- Dell EMC PowerStore software updates are available for download on June 10, 2021
- PowerStore 500 is available for ordering on May 4, 2021 with global shipments starting June 10, 2021