Dell upgrades PowerStore, adds lower-cost model for enterprise storage

Dell is introducing a low-cost storage system to allow more businesses to leverage PowerStore capabilities. (Dell Technologies)

Dell Technologies announced software and automation enhancements for its Dell EMC PowerStore enterprise storage systems, along with the launch of a new low-cost PowerStore model to broaden the appeal of its storage systems to more businesses.

The moves come as more types and sizes of businesses are looking to embrace digital transformation strategies that will require more server storage and capabilities. 

Regarding the upgrades, users of Dell’s latest software, PowerStoreOS 2.0, can realize better performance on their PowerStore workloads with as much as 25% more input/output operations per second, according to Dell’s internal testing program. Also, PowerStore now includes an NVMe over Fibre Channel connectivity option to extend the benefits of non-volatile memory express capabilities across the data center infrastructure.

In addition, Dell has added scale-out and appliance clustering capabilities to its AppsON feature, which provides additional compute power for running storage-intensive applications at the edge in areas such as healthcare and big data analytics. All of these upgrades, generally available for download starting in June, can be applied to new and existing PowerStore appliances without disruptions to customer operations, the company said.

Dell also has automated some PowerStore processes to help users realize cost and performance improvements. For example, the company has simplified storage management by optimizing capacity and performance while using an always-running Intelligent Data Reduction function that delivers a guaranteed 4:1 data reduction.

Also, PowerStore’s Dynamic Resiliency Engine (DRE) requires up to 98% less management effort compared to traditional RAID configurations, which will help customers maintain performance while safeguarding against dual drive failures, Dell said. In addition, Dell is enabling smarter tiering via artificial intelligence and machine learning to differeniate between storage-class memory and standard NVMe drives within the system, which lowers latency by 15% and speeds up metadata access.

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Meanwhile, Dell also unveiled the PowerStore 500, a lower-cost model of its enterprise storage system aimed at a broader range of businesses and use cases desiring enterprise performance and features as they grow their use of storage appliances. That model will be available for ordering next month.

“Enterprises undergoing digital transformation are looking for performance and flexibility to better help them accommodate demanding new workloads and better consolidate existing ones in distributed environments,” said Eric Burgener, research vice president, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms and Technologies Group at IDC, in a statement.