Wednesday, 21 April 2021 12:16

Dell upgrades EMC PowerStore software, adds new model


New software for Dell EMC PowerStore enterprise storage systems provides improved performance plus automation capabilities. The company has also introduced a new model in the PowerStore family – the PowerStore 500.

The performance improvements in PowerStoreOS 2.0 are said to deliver up to 25% more IOPS in Dell's internal testing.

Some of that improvement comes from the option of using storage class memory (SCM) as persistent storage to speed metadata access for up to 15% lower workload latency with just one Intel Optane D4800X drive.

The new software also provides support for NVMe over Fibre Channel (NVMe-FC) with no additional hardware.

The AppsON feature that allows applications to run directly on a PowerEdge has been enhanced with the addition of scale-out and appliance clustering to provide additional compute power for storage-intensive applications at the edge in areas such as healthcare and big data analytics.

Increased automation delivers optimised capacity and performance combined with a guaranteed 4:1 data reduction, greater resiliency through protection against dual drive failures with up to 98% less management effort compared to traditional RAID configurations.

"PowerStore is the fastest-growing new architecture in Dell history. New and existing storage customers are seeing first-hand how its unique design, extreme performance and standout automation capabilities help them innovate and maintain a competitive advantage," said Dell Technologies president and infrastructure solutions group general manager Jeff Boudreau.

"With today's announcements, we've made PowerStore faster and smarter while making it easier for a broader range of businesses to get started with the platform."

Dell EMC PowerStore software updates will be available for download from 10 June 2021.

Dell Technology also announced the PowerStore 500, a lower-cost model in its storage family.

This 2U array stores up to 1.2PB and is said to be capable of supporting up to 2.4 million SQL transactions per minute and 1,500 VDI desktops per appliance.

Multiple PowerStore 500 appliances can be clustered.

"The launch of PowerStore 500 will help reduce barriers to entry for the overall platform — making the product offering even more attractive for our mid-size customers as well as those with diverse edge solutions across APJ," said Dell Technologies APJ senior vice president of cloud and data storage solutions Grainger Wallis.

"Moreover, the significant update to our PowerStoreOS software enhanced by Dynamic Resiliency Engine (DRE) technology will benefit all PowerStore models with increased levels of performance, intelligence as well as additional protection for mission-critical data within the appliance."

Among new PowerStore customers is asset management firm Mercer Australia.

"In a world that's ever changing, in scale and complexity, we need a future-proof IT system to deliver on this promise to our stakeholders," said Mercer Australia vendor services lead David Clancy.

"We're already leveraging the power of Dell Technologies solutions and with PowerStore, we've supplemented our systems with a similar high-performance storage array that has the scale and resiliency we need at a midrange price point. The new systems will help reduce our backup windows and improve reporting and services to our users, enabling them to continue to deliver best-in-class service to our customers."

Dell Technologies will start taking orders for the PowerStore 500 on 4 May 2021, with deliveries scheduled to start on 10 June 2021.

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