Dell Technologies World 2019 recently took place in Las Vegas, as always there were many new and exciting data centre product announcements – let’s take a quick look at some of the highlights:
Dell EMC Unity XT
Unity XT is the second generation unified (block, file and VVOLs) storage platform that builds on its predecessor by providing up to twice the performance, support for NVMe drives, greater capacity reductions (up to 5:1), integration with multiple clouds and monitoring of VMware hosts from CloudIQ.
All-flash Unity includes inline storage efficiencies combined with Dynamic Disk Pools that make managing RAID and spares a thing of the past. Unlike most feature rich storage platforms Unity is very simple to deploy, manage and scale.
Dell EMC PowerProtect
Dell EMC has had a long history of building data protection solutions for large complex environments using Avamar, NetWorker and Data Domain. As organisations simplify their infrastructures by adopting a cloud-like scale-out architecture they also want a similar approach to their backup – enter PowerProtect, Dell EMC’s next generation scale-up and out data protection solution available as a hardware appliance (all-flash or hybrid) and software only if you want to bring your own hardware.
The PowerProtect X400 appliance was built from the ground-up to be simple, performant and scalable. It can meet the backup, recovery, replication and governance needs of mid-sized organisations – watch out Veeam there is a new kid on the block!
Dell EMC Isilon
Where you find big data you will find Isilon, as it has been the leading scale-out NAS solution for the best part of the last decade; with capacity scaling to 10s of PBs within a single namespace, linear performance scaling, rich data services, cloud tiering and simple management it is easy to see why. The latest update brings up to 75% greater cluster capacity and performance, improved cloud integration and flexibility, and increased data protection and security.
Isilon is the ideal choice for any high throughput, large capacity unstructured data workload.
Dell EMC Cloud Storage Services
Cloud Storage Services is a new solution that provides ultra-high performance cloud attached storage (Unity, PowerMax or Isilon) with the ability to replicate to and from the cloud and a compatible on-premises array. With pay-as-you-go subscription based pricing you pay for just what you use and you can leverage your storage from on-demand compute services of multiple public clouds at once, facilitated over high-speed, low-latency connections.
A disaster recovery as a service option, powered by Unity or PowerMax, provides cost-effective and automated replication of on-premises VMware workloads to VMware Cloud on AWS. You only pay for compute in the cloud when a failover occurs and the solution is powered by native Dell EMC storage array replication combined with VMware Site Recovery Manager.
Dell EMC PowerSwitch
The most significant change in the networking portfolio is the rebranding of the Managed Campus and Data Center switches to PowerSwitch, this name change is designed to reflect the massive volumes of traffic, that flow across these switches.
If I was a product within the Dell EMC portfolio that is not called “Power” something I would be getting very worried as I think my name is soon going to disappear – I am thinking of you Unity, SC Series, Isilon and VxRail.
VMware Cloud on Dell EMC
To deliver cloud-like ease-of-use to your on-premises workloads Dell Technologies are introducing Data Center-as-a-Service for core data centre and edge infrastructures. The solution consists of VMware vSphere, vSAN and NSX running on Dell EMC VxRail HCI appliances and switches all pre-configured and delivered in a rack, and an ongoing fully managed service provided by VMware.
VMware takes care of the infrastructure, including patching, the customer provisions and monitors resources through a management portal exactly as they would if it was a public cloud service. Billing is based on a fixed monthly subscription with no CapEx outlay. When combined with VMware Cloud on AWS customers achieve a consistent operating model across Private Cloud, Public Cloud, and Edge.
Dell EMC SC Series
The SC Series is probably the most advanced storage platform available at its price point, as features such as RAID and Auto tiering, Federation, Live Migration and Live Volume are typically only found on high-end platforms. However, with the SC Series you can choose your price/performance/capacity blend by selecting the precise amount of required flash, from 0-100%.
The recent free SCOS 7.3 software update has provided a huge leap forward in performance, simplicity and efficiency including the CloudIQ analytics and Unisphere user-interface from Unity. If you are in the market for a VMware Metro Storage Cluster, that will enable you to vMotion and HA between data centres, then take a close look at the SCv3000 as it brings the technology within the reach of the masses.
Dell EMC PowerVault ME4
The ME4 is simple, fast and an affordable entry-level storage purpose-built for SAN and DAS. It replaces the previous generation MD3 and provides significantly improved performance, scalability and ease of use. The ME4 is ideal for entry level virtual infrastructures as well as a target for backup, archive and video surveillance data.
Don’t ignore the ME4, as for the right use case, it may well be a better value proposition than Unity or SC Series.
Dell EMC PowerEdge
The 14th generation (14G) servers were released in the summer of 2017, with the focus of the platform being performance, automation and security. Intel Xeon Scalable Processors (“Skylake”) CPUs along with the latest NVMe drives, NVDIMMs and GPUs were available and this was followed by support for the ultra-high core count AMD EPYC CPUs and very recently with support for the 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors (“Cascade Lake”) and Optane DC persistent memory. All of these CPUs provide a significant increase in performance per socket making it the first time it has truly been possible to consider standardising on single-socket servers to reduce software licence costs.
PowerEdge is the world’s top selling server and no matter your requirement there will be a PowerEdge rack, tower or modular server for you.
So overall a very interesting year, it’s nice to see lots of new products and services being introduced rather than just making the existing ones bigger and faster. The common themes of performance, simplification and cloud integration all continue at a great pace as you would expect with Dell EMC.
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