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Dell EMC's Software Defined Storage is Modernizing Data Centers

May 09, 2017

Storage, just like many other segments in IT, is now being improved through software by making the infrastructures and hardware that run them more efficient. Dell EMC is addressing storage with a new enhanced software-defined storage (SDS) solution the company says will modernize the data centers of its customers by delivering new digital capabilities and lowering IT costs with its 14th generation PowerEdge servers. According to Dell EMC, SDS is modernizing data centers with new levels of performance and scalability.

At DELL EMC WORLD 2017, the company has announced several improvements to existing product lines, as well as a preview of a new solution to accelerate the path to IT transformation by improving software-defined storage. The improvement in SDS begins with support for Dell EMC PowerEdge 14th generation servers, which will improve the performance and scalability across a range of applications and workloads.

The Dell EMC ScaleIO next iteration will deliver improved efficiencies with better performance and simplified management using an enterprise-grade software-defined block storage solution. This includes delivering inline compression, enhanced snapshots capabilities, granular thin provisioning and seamless volume migration.

Dell EMC ECS scale-out object storage platform, which delivers cloud-scale, global data access to traditional and next-gen apps has multiple

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updates, starting with improved data protection and management capabilities, advanced analytics support and certification to run on Dell EMC PowerEdge 14th generation servers.

“While software-defined everything is a critical piece of IT transformation, the reality is that we're still early with regard to the ability of enterprises to consume software-only offerings. Offering software-defined storage offerings for on-premises and the cloud, in a variety of deployment models including ready nodes, allows us to meet customers where they are today and take them where they need to be as they transform their IT and their businesses,” said Jeff Boudreau, President, Storage, Dell EMC.

The ECS Dedicated Cloud Service can now be deployed through a hybrid cloud model by combining private cloud control with the hands-off operations and agility of the public cloud as a dedicated, single tenant offering hosted in Virtustream datacenters. The improvement to cloud services also extends to the Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS) platform and ECS Dedicated Cloud Service, enabling hybrid deployment models for ECS and ECS with enhanced data protection, management and analytics capabilities.

Project Nautilus, which is made available for preview, is a new software-defined solution that will allow organizations to make real-time decisions by storing and analyzing high volumes of streaming IoT data. Nautilus brings real-time data processing capabilities to Dell EMC's unstructured storage platforms and it is designed to work together with ECS or Isilon as its resilient storage tier. The IsilonSD Edge has also received some updates with simplified options for deployment and support for ScaleIO and VMware vSAN virtual storage platform.

The expansion of Dell EMC's software-defined storage portfolio ends with a new and updated Ready Nodes from the company with pre-tested and pre-configured SDS and server solutions.

Availability of the products and services is slated for mid/second half of 2017. 

Edited by Alicia Young

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