Introducing Dell EMC PowerStore

With exponential data growth, storage continues to be a concern for most enterprises. According to statistics by Dell, a total of 13.31 petabytes of data was generated in 2019, marking a 64% increase from 2018. Businesses are now finding it harder to cope with the high amount of data, but at the same time, realise the importance data brings.
To help businesses deal with this, Dell Technologies, announced the release of Dell EMC PowerStore, a modern infrastructure platform built from the ground up with superior technology and expertise to address the challenges of the data era.
In a virtual media briefing, Grainger Wallis, Senior Vice President, Data Centre Solutions for Asia Pacific and Japan, Dell Technologies, said the era of data today requires a new approach that is all about data protection, efficiency, value and diversity with intelligent, agile, simplified and automated operations.
“Our storage vision is to provide a simple interconnected portfolio architected for all data at any scale. Dell wants to empower your IT organisation to harness the power of data and achieve piece of mind,” said Wallis.
With costs being a concern for most organisations, especially following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Danny Elmarji, Vice President, Presales, APJ, Dell Technologies explained that while operations cost are high, device hardware and software are not as much.
“We are building the PowerStore in mind to help our customers reduce costs and make it easier for them manage. By understanding the features of these technology, they can reduce operating costs.”
He added that Dell helps customers realise that they need to have a clear version of where their organisation is going to be in the future. Businesses need to have a data-centric strategy that is not just focused on storage. Dell has been advising businesses on this and help managed to help them lower costs and be prepared for the future.
And this is where Dell EMC PowerStore comes in. Organisations can accelerate decision making, data access and application performance with PowerStore, which is designed for six-nines (99.9999%) Availability:

  • Any Workload: PowerStore simplifies IT infrastructure by supporting a wide range of traditional and modern workloads with its scale-up, scale-out architecture for block, file and VMware vVols.

  • Performance Optimised: PowerStore is seven times faster and three times more responsive than previous Dell EMC midrange storage arrays, because of its end-to-end NVMe design and support for Storage Class Memory as persistent storage powered by dual-port Intel Optane SSDs.

  • Efficiency Without Compromise: Customers can save on IT budget and capacity with always-on deduplication, compression and a guaranteed 4:1 data reduction.

With machine learning and intelligent automation, PowerStore allows for faster delivery of applications and services with up to 99% less staff time to balance volumes:

  • Programmable Infrastructure: Streamlines application development and reduces deployment timeframes from days to seconds, with VMware integration and support for leading management and orchestration frameworks including Kubernetes, Ansible and VMware vRealize Orchestrator.

  • Autonomous Infrastructure: Built-in machine learning automates labour-intensive processes like initial volume placement, migrations, load balancing and issue resolution.

  • Infrastructure Insights: Dell EMC CloudIQ storage monitoring and analytics software combine machine learning and human intelligence for real-time performance and capacity analysis and historical tracking for a single view of Dell EMC infrastructure. Dell Technologies will integrate CloudIQ across the full Dell Technologies infrastructure portfolio for even greater insights.

PowerStore also transforms data centre operations and allows organisations to evolve their infrastructure in lockstep with everchanging business needs:

  • Container-Based Architecture: PowerStoreOS, the system’s container-based software architecture, enables feature portability, standardisation and rapid time-to-market for new capabilities.

  • Introducing AppsON:  The only purpose-built storage array that includes a built-in VMware ESXi Hypervisor,  administrators can deploy apps directly on the array for greater flexibility. An industry-first, AppsON is ideal for data-intensive workloads in core or edge locations and infrastructure applications.

  • Ease of Migration: New native tools within the PowerStore Manager wizard allow customers to automate entire migrations in fewer than ten clicks. Customers can take advantage of a number of non-disruptive options to migrate from existing storage like Unity, SC, PS Series, VNX and XtremIO.

Also, Dell PowerStore is covered by the Dell EMC Future-Proof Program, which provides greater choice, predictability and investment protection through new Anytime Upgrades, the industry’s most flexible controller upgrade program.  
Unlike other controller upgrade programs, customers can expand or enhance their PowerStore performance and capacity after 180 days. The combination of Anytime Upgrades and Dell EMC PowerStore’s adaptable architecture effectively ends disruptive platform migrations.
Customers can also deploy PowerStore in the way that best meets their cloud strategy and business needs:

  • Dell Technologies Cloud Validated Designs for PowerStore for deployment flexibility of demanding workloads in hybrid cloud environments.

  • Dell EMC Cloud Storage Services can directly connect PowerStore to all major public clouds, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure and Google Cloud as a managed service. Cloud Storage Services provides Data Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) to VMware Cloud on AWS.

  • PowerStore can be deployed as a storage option within Dell EMC PowerOne autonomous infrastructure, which accelerates an organisation’s shift to cloud-like operations.

Dell EMC PowerStore is now generally available globally and also as an option for PowerOne autonomous infrastructure in the coming weeks.

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