Tiny and mighty: Introducing Dell PowerStore

How to simplify the datacentre, at scale

The modern datacentre is at a crossroads: Data is being created, processed, and stored everywhere, all the time. This creates a structural problem for IT departments having to continually add various architectures to cope with the quantity and types of data flowing in. This typically leads to siloed IT resources that require both more time and money to manage and maintain.

Coupled with this issue is the pressure on IT administrators for increased simplicity, agility, and cost-effectiveness in data operations. On the face of it, this seems irreconcilable with the siloed IT approach.

The solution to this dilemma, is through use of a single architecture that scales out with no loss in performance. The name of this solution is Dell PowerStore. At a stroke, customers can rid themselves of the need for multiple architectures within their datacentre, without fear of undermining capabilities.

Dell PowerStore offers a fantastic opportunity to modernise and streamline datacentre operations whilst simultaneously lowering operational costs. It goes almost without saying that any reseller able to provide it is sure to be a big hit with their customers.

Single architecture

It’s scarcely believable that PowerStore can pack class-leading levels of performance into such a compact footprint, but as a single 2U appliance, that’s exactly what it does. Its single architecture for block, file, and VMware vVols, added to its ability to accommodate application, multi-protocol network and multi-format storage diversity makes for exceptional agility, and true simplicity within a company’s datacentre.

  • 7x more IOPs1
  • 3x lower latency2
  • Over 2.8 PB effective capacity3
  • Guaranteed 4:1 average DDR3
  • ‘Six 9s’ availability4

Low cost

Increased simplicity leads to increased efficiency, leads to lower operational costs. That’s the mantra by which Dell PowerStore stands, and is a key driver in what makes it such an attractive proposition for businesses of every size.

Regardless of how, and at what speed your customers grow, PowerStore costs remain consistently low. Deduplication and compression are 100% inline and “always on,” with the system providing a guaranteed average 4:1 data reduction5 without compromising performance.

Customers can provision PowerStore services directly from the application toolsets they use most, reducing deployment timeframes from days to seconds6, while labour-intensive processes, including initial volume placement, migrations, load balancing, and issue resolution are automated.

Secure

PowerStore operates on container-based software architecture, known as PowerStoreOS. It isolates individual OS components as microservices, improving performance, fault tolerance, and security as a result.

PowerStoreOS can be deployed in a bare metal configuration directly on the PowerStore hardware, or within a virtual machine (VM) running on PowerStore’s optional built-in VMware hypervisor. This offers yet another layer of isolation, intelligence and abstraction for customer datacentre operations.

The solution for every occasion

Whether your customers are seeking to run edge-based IOT data analytics and remote office applications, modernise their core datacentre, or initiate multi-cloud access with on-premises integration, Dell PowerStore delivers the low-cost architecture with an exceptionally compact footprint that protects and serves every byte of their data.

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1 Based on Dell analysis comparing IOPS on PowerStore 9000 4x cluster vs. Unity XT 880 running 70/30 random read/write mix, 8K block size with compression and deduplication active, March 2020. Actual results will vary.
2 Based on Dell analysis comparing latency with PowerStore 9000 vs. Unity XT 880 at 300K IOPS, 8K random, 70/30 read/write mix, compression and deduplication active, March 2020. Actual results will vary.
3 Assumes 4:1 average data reduction. Actual results may vary, depending on data types.
4 Based on the Dell Technologies specification for Dell EMC PowerStore, April 2020. Actual system availability may vary.
5 4:1 average rate guaranteed across customer applications. Rates for individual applications may vary.
6 Based on Dell analysis of effort required to deploy workloads with and without Ansible and vRO orchestration integrations, March 2020. Factors in effort required to monitor, plan, define and execute volume migrations. Actual results will vary.