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Dell arrays bring large scale features to smaller deployments

Dell arrays bring large scale features to smaller deployments 

The company believes its SC4000 Series arrays demonstrate Dell’s enterprise-class storage as a cost-efficient, high-performing, mid-tier solution. With these arrays, customers can achieve all-flash performance. The storage array series joins Dell’s enterprise data centre portfolio of purpose-built solutions.

“The Dell Storage SC4000 Series is redefining the economics of enterprise storage, offering the advanced capabilities of larger-scale enterprise storage and outstanding price for performance to help customers with mid-tier storage needs become more competitive,” said Alan Atkinson, VP and GM, Dell Storage, in a press release. “While Dell continues to make huge strides in evolving our storage portfolio with industry leading value propositions for customers seeking innovative SAN technology, we’re also supporting organizations opting for a revolutionary approach to data management by growing our portfolio of software-defined storage and converged solutions.”

The Dell Storage SC4000 Series arrays will debut with the Dell Storage SC4020 storage area network (SAN). These arrays leverage technology from the Dell Compellent and EqualLogic family of products, incorporating Dell Storage Centre 6.5 array software and the EqualLogic iSCSI software stack. This series supports both Fibre Channel and iSCSI connectivity and is designed for larger SANs. This storage, which can scale to more than 400 terabytes, supports workloads for organizations across all industries and sizes. It can host up to 10,000 Microsoft Exchange 2013 user mailboxes in a single 2U SAN with 24 hard disk drives or can achieve 120,000 input-output operations per second.

These arrays will launch with the same intelligent data placement capability as the Dell Compellent SC8000 that moves data among traditional rotating drives, write-optimized flash, and read-optimized flash drives.

The Dell Storage SC4020 also provides a replication partner for Dell Compellent SC8000 arrays, allowing customers to connect and manage arrays together with a centralized management interface. This new Dell storage array also offers highly efficient SAN and compact size, dual controller capability and SAN for all-flash or hybrid SSD/HDD configurations, intelligence with advanced automation, real-time automated tiering, thin provisioning, snapshots for multiple local and remote SANs, perpetual software licensing where customers pay once for software features, even across hardware upgrades, unified storage, with the Dell Fluid File System, from a single management console, and Dell Copilot support services, a combination of centralized support and 24×7 active system monitoring.

Dell also emphasized its SDS options, in which Dell hardware, services and support are integral to the solutions, focusing on end-to-end data centre capabilities. Dell’s approach to SDS includes integration with platforms and hypervisor vendors to provide a breadth of customer-centric SDS solutions.

The Dell Storage SC4000 series and the Dell XC Series of web-scale converged appliances will be available in the third and fourth quarter of this year respectively.

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