Dell is refreshing its PowerMax, PowerStore and PowerFlex lines

According to Dell Technologies, enhancements to its PowerMax, PowerStore and PowerFlex platforms enhance automation, mobility and data security in cloud, on-premises and edge storage environments. And it is at no additional cost.

The second Dell Technologies World 2022 keynote was marked by expected announcements in the Texas storage supplier range. Jeff Clarke, vice president and co-COO of Dell Technologies introduced the updates made to the PowerMax, PowerStore and PowerFlex solutions (arrays and software). “We are deploying key software innovations across our entire portfolio, to enable our customers to fully maximize their data and resources,” the leader said. High-end PowerMax (business-critical applications) was the first to use end-to-end NVMe-Over-TCP to improve SSD performance on the network. Estimated increase of nearly 50% in IOPS – 15 million IOPS on the PowerMax 8000 – in sequential mode on a mainframe, a Dell official told us. The supplier maintains a range of storage arrays dedicated to IBM Z systems, a legacy of EMC and its famous Symmetrix. “With every renewal of the Z Series, like the latest Z16, we see increased sales of PowerMax storage arrays available with Ficon and FC attachments,” said Drew Schulke, VP of block storage solutions at Dell Technologies in an interview in Las Vegas. “We also support the move to the cloud for mainframe data storage, to AWS and Azure.”

PowerStore arrays also include end-to-end NVMe-Over-TCP, whereas previously the platform was limited to NVMe over Fiber Channel. An improvement that provides a performance increase of 50% and with an increase in storage capacity of 66% compared to the previous generation. Dell Technologies also emphasizes the support of external monitoring tools for the file portion with APIs capable of detecting ransomware action. Finally, Dell’s proximity to VMware is again reflected in optimized vVols latency and performance, as well as simplified disaster recovery using vVols replication, VM-level snapshots and fast cloning. This will allow companies to improve their business continuity strategy planning using meter replication that can be configured in just a few clicks depending on the vendor.

Jen Felch, CDO at Dell Technologies, at the May 3 keynote in Las Vegas for DellTechWorld 2022. (Credit SL)

Support traditional and cloud-native requests

Finally, the final announcement is about PowerFlex, a software-defined infrastructure that now also supports the NVMe-Over-TCP protocol for SSDs and network connections. Businesses can integrate storage resources with industry-standard x86 nodes to create a high-performance, scalable, and highly resilient storage pool, Dell says. PowerFlex also provides better compatibility with leading container orchestration platforms and cloud environments from Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Red Hat and VMware. The idea is to support companies wishing to consolidate traditional and containerized workloads using unified storage (blocks and files) into bare-metal or virtualized resources.

Dell’s strategy, which is rarely the first to break new trends, follows the lead of competitors such as Pure Storage and NetApp, which already support end-to-end NVMe-Over-TCP in their arrays and are already running a shift to multicloud and CloudOPs for hybrid resource automation and optimization. If Dell arrives late in this market, its proposals will be robust and adapted to the needs of administrators, operators and now developers, as Jen Felch, CDO at Dell Technologies, pointed out in a May 3 keynote . “The first thing is to meet customer needs by providing flexibility and choice in a multicloud environment. Developers who want to move their modern applications to the appropriate infrastructure don’t want to wait several months to get the resources they need.There is no big step forward with Dell, but an extension of functionalities toward multicloud with strong partnerships with AWS and Azure.GCP is still in the background, but developments are underway. We will return tomorrow to this topic with the topic of the Alpine project.In conclusion, it should be noted that updates to the PowerMax, PowerStore, and PowerFlex platforms will be available in the third quarter of this year.

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