Dell User Forum: adds Storage SC4000 Series arrays with 72% less cost

At the Dell User Forum 2014, the enterprise IT vendor today announced Dell Storage SC4000 Series arrays that costs up to 72 percent less than competing pure flash arrays.

Dell Storage SC4000 Series arrays are part of Dell’s plans to strengthen its growing software-defined storage (SDS) ecosystem. Dell also said it plans to broaden its portfolio with new Dell converged server and storage appliances.

“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, vice president and general manager, Dell Storage.

Compellent SC4000 Storage Controller

The company said the new Dell Storage SC4000 Series arrays will debut with the Dell Storage SC4020, a 2U, 24-drive storage area network (SAN).

The Dell Storage SC4020, which can scale to more than 400 terabytes of raw capacity, can host up to 10,000 Microsoft Exchange 2013 user mailboxes in a single 2U SAN with 24 hard disk drives or can achieve nearly 120,000 IOPS (input-output operations per second) with less than one millisecond latency for OLTP or mixed workloads.

Dell said customers can achieve all-flash performance for the price of 15K disk technology with real time tiering between flash drive types, thereby reducing storage costs and gaining from all-flash performance to support applications, such as OLTP database workloads.

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