Dell EMC paves way for data center modernization and IT transformation

At Dell EMC World, Dell EMC announced new and enhanced products that help customers modernize their data centers. The announcements include software-defined storage (SDS) products and all-flash storage systems.

The company also previewed its most cutting-edge portfolio of PowerEdge servers ever to help customers drive IT Transformations. Another announcement centered on new flexible consumption models designed to simplify adoption of technology.

Software-defined storage

The company says software-defined storage makes the enterprise infrastructure programmable and, therefore, more automated and easier to scale and manage than traditional infrastructure.

The comprehensive software-defined storage portfolio is further enhanced through support for Dell EMC PowerEdge 14th generation servers, providing increased levels of performance and scalability across a wide spectrum of applications and workloads.

Updates to ScaleIO, ECS and IsilonSD Edge, along with the introduction of Project Nautilus and expansion of the Ready Node portfolio, allow customers to harness the power of Dell EMC as they move from traditional to modern data centers.

These new software-defined storage capabilities provide a choice of deployment models—what every business needs to be able to grow and change, according to the company.

All-flash storage systems

Dell EMC announced major platform refreshes to its flagship enterprise storage platform, VMAX, as well as the next generation XtremIO purpose-built All-Flash array.

Dell EMC also revealed the next generation of Dell EMC Unity, its best-in-class midrange All-Flash array and the new SC5020 best-in-class midrange hybrid array, as well as Isilon scale-out NAS arrays.

“With these new offerings in high-end, midrange and unstructured data storage, Dell EMC is bringing best-in-class performance, value and economics to customers’ IT organizations,” said Jeff Boudreau, president, Storage, Dell EMC. “The speeds and feeds are impressive, but more importantly, customers of every size, every budget and every stage of IT Transformation can harness the power of enterprise-class storage to move their business forward.”

With performance that is 68% faster and offering 30% better response times (6.7M IOPS for RRH, 350 microseconds response times for OLTP) than the previous generation, VMAX 950F resets the bar for All-Flash storage performance. In fact, the VMAX 950F is up to 4x faster than its nearest competitor in testing of real-world workloads.

The VMAX 950F array leverages the latest Intel CPUs with software enhancements designed to deliver best-in-class performance at scale. It also allows customers to consolidate with confidence – including open systems, mainframe, IBM i as well as file workloads – on a single platform with a 25% smaller footprint for the same performance as the previous generation.

The new VMAX 950F All Flash array offers all the industry-leading data services of the rest of the VMAX All Flash family – including SRDF (Symmetrix Remote Data Facility), D@RE (Data At-Rest Encryption), nondisruptive migration, inline compression and more. This powerful combination of performance, data services and more than “six nines” availability make the VMAX 950F the ideal platform for consolidating mission-critical applications that demand the performance of flash and can never, ever go down – such as core banking, credit card processing, electronic billing or hospital record systems.

With XtremIO X2, Dell EMC has amplified the strengths of the previous generation by enhancing XtremIO’s elegant software design and adding more horsepower to the hardware. XtremIO is the ideal platform for workloads that benefit from deduplication and integrated copy data management (iCDM) for large-scale snapshots, such as VDI and development/test use cases.

With a powerful combination of new hardware and intelligently enhanced software, X2 offers up to 80% lower response times and 25% higher data reduction to support 2x more copies per cluster for iCDM. Dell EMC has engineered X2 to be even more efficient in storage capacity and All-Flash performance, at a price as low as one-third of its predecessor.

The company claims X2 provides 3x the capacity per X-Brick as well as new multi-dimensional scalability to scale up from as low as 7TB to as high as 138TB per X-Brick, scaling out up to eight X-Bricks. Finally, X2’s rack density has been increased by 4x, providing up to 5.5PB effective capacity and a capacity density of over 100TB effective per rack unit.

Dell EMC also  introduced four new Dell EMC Unity All-Flash models – Dell EMC Unity 350F, 450F, 550F and 650F – providing up to 500TB of effective storage capacity in a highly dense 80-drive, 3U footprint.

Driving IT transformation

“In today’s digital economy, technology must transform at the speed of business to develop and deploy new applications, optimize resources and deliver an ideal customer experience,” said Ashley Gorakhpurwalla, president, Server Solutions Division at Dell EMC. “With our leadership in server technology innovations, the newest generation of PowerEdge servers are the bedrock of the modern data center.”

Legacy data center technologies are not agile, flexible or efficient enough to meet the needs of businesses undergoing a Digital Transformation. In fact, the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) 2017 IT Transformation Maturity Curve study, commissioned by Dell EMC, showed that only 5% of survey respondents are currently prepared to meet the IT requirements of digitally transformed businesses with modern platforms.

PowerEdge 14th generation servers will be embedded in storage and data center appliances, hyper-converged appliances and racks, ready nodes, bundles and other industry-leading Dell EMC solutions.

The new scalable business architecture of Dell EMC PowerEdge servers enable customers to meet dynamic business needs with performance optimized for traditional and cloud-native workloads.

The new Dell EMC PowerEdge server portfolio is enhanced to: increase application performance and response time; get results from PowerEdge faster; and provide access to the right data at the right time.

The company also said that the PowerEdge portfolio embeds new hardware and system-level security features to protect the infrastructure with a deep layer of defense and quick detection in order to recover to a trusted base, if breached.

New consumption models

Meanwhile at Dell EMC World, Dell Technologies launched new flexible consumption models to simplify adoption of technology to address unpredictable IT demands and changing business requirement.

Dell Financial Services Flex on Demand helps customers reduce costs associated with overprovisioning storage solutions. Initially available for all Dell EMC storage solutions, Flex on Demand lets customers pay only for the storage capacity needed, which reduces costs associated with overprovisioning.

Initially available for Dell EMC’s hyper-converged family of products,Cloud Flex for HCI lets customers experience a cloud-like consumption model with simple monthly payments, built-in price reductions over time, and no upfront costs or obligation after the first year.

The Dell Technologies PC as a Service solution combines the latest Dell Technologies PC hardware, software and end-to-end services including deployment, management, security and support, for a single, predictable price per seat per month. The solution helps reduce the burden and cost of IT management over the complete lifecycle of the PC, allowing IT to focus on more strategic priorities and gets end-users into new technology faster.

For organizations that are contemplating desktop and application virtualization technologies, Dell EMC VDI Complete Solutions reduces the common barriers to adoption by making it easier to buy, deploy and manage with a single number for support. VDI Complete combines the infrastructure, software and the option of thin clients and services from a single vendor. The solution, powered by VMware Horizon, is based on VxRail Appliances or vSAN ReadyNodes so that customers can build their own VDI solution or buy a pre-configured, end-to-end solution.

Finally, the Dell Technologies Transformational License Agreement (TLA) offers customized software contracts for flexible license and maintenance of software titles.

The Dell Technologies TLA is a single, simple software agreement for license and maintenance that makes annual spend more predictable and cost-effective. This highly customized software contract offers unprecedented flexibility in the way software titles are consumed and maintained, especially as requirements change over time. For example, customers can readily swap un-deployed software with any new title, including titles not in the agreement, and freely exchange any software, including titles that have already been deployed. Finally, pre-paid T-credits can be redeemed at any time for incremental software licenses, as well as professional, education and public cloud services.