Dell Storage arrays with new flash drives offer 24x performance

Dell today announced reduction in cost of enterprise flash storage with the latest flash-drive technology support.

The enterprise networking company said its modern storage array architecture and latest flash drive technology enable the company to offer the industry’s lowest cost per gigabyte for all-flash arrays.

Dell Storage arrays with new enterprise flash drives offer up to 24x performance improvement and same price for capacity as 15K hard disk drives.

Dell doubles SC Series storage array flash density, offering up to 90 terabytes of raw flash capacity per Dell Storage 2U array, allowing customers to support twice as much data in the same space.

Enterprises can significantly reduce costs associated with storing and managing their valuable data and IT applications, said Dell.
Dell can offer Dell Storage SC4020 enterprise-class all-flash solutions for $1.66 per gigabyte and 58 cents (US) per gigabyte for typical hybrid flash configurations.

New Dell Storage all-flash configurations offer a lower cost per gigabyte street price before applying data reduction technology than leading competitors’ solutions deliver after data reduction.
Alan Atkinson, vice president and general manager of Dell Storage
Eric Burgener, research director, storage systems, IDC, said: “Dell’s announcement of flash drives built on TLC 3D NAND technology puts them in the storage density lead at 45TB per rack unit for flash-based arrays and drops the dollar per gigabyte cost of enterprise flash storage to roughly the same cost as 15K RPM HDDs—with significantly higher performance.”

Dell Storage SC Series all-flash and hybrid flash revenue rose 89 percent in the first quarter of 2015. CIOs and IT leaders have selected Dell as the overall top vendor of choice, according to a January 2015, SSG-NOW independent survey of 580 global IT leaders.

Alan Atkinson, vice president and general manager, Dell Storage, said: “With these advancements, we can substantially reduce the cost of high-performing, flash-optimized arrays while also cranking up the performance of affordable, general purpose arrays.”
Dell can offer SSDs at approximately the same price per gigabyte as high-end 15K HDDs and up to 24 times performance improvement, up to six times the density, lower latency and lower power consumption.

Dell now offers arrays that combine the new Mainstream RI flash drives with the highest-performing Write-Intensive (WI) flash drives.

With the new drives, available in capacities up to 3.8 terabytes, flash becomes more practical at any scale. The Dell Storage SC4020 can provide a complete 90 terabyte array in 2U of rack space. Dell Storage SC8000 arrays can support 62 percent more flash for a total of up to 3 petabytes of raw flash capacity in a single array.

Shilpa Khatri
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