Photo - William Tan, Head of Enterprise Solutions, Dell Malaysia.
Computer and technology solutions company Dell said it is continuing its path to redefine the economics of enterprise economics with the unveiling of its Storage Center Operating System 7.
Dell Malaysia's head of Enterprise Solutions William Tan said the new platform, the result of a three-year effort, will help to speed up the industry shift to modern, flash-based architectures.
"Dell's SC (Storage Center) Series has always been an extremely progressive storage platform - and SCOS 7 is by far our most revolutionary software release to date," said Tan. "We designed the SC platform from the ground up to be future ready and this release takes flash, deduplication and system intelligence to the next level."
He said that the adoption of flash, "elevates and abstracts data control through increased virtualisation, and unifies Dell's storage ecosystem across multiple portfolios."
This new release will deliver more intelligence and flexibility to help businesses 'flash-forward,' and advance their infrastructures to meet today's needs and prepare for future challenges, said Tan.
He suggested customers can expect business benefits from using SCOS 7, which include:
- Lower acquisition costs across flash and hybrid arrays;
- lower lifecycle costs through elevated, simplified management;
- increased flexibility to respond to business and technology changes;
- enhanced support for virtualization and cloud strategies; and
- increased portfolio-level investment protection.
Transformation of the data centre
According to pricing is based on a variety of sources including analyst data, price sheets when available, and public information as of May 2016, Dell said it was "already the industry price leader on a cost-per-gigabit basis for effective flash capacity."
Tan said Dell's SC Series now offered all-flash tiers under US$0.45/GB, and hard drive tiers under US$0.10/GB net effective capacity.
He said SCOS 7 enabled "a fundamental transformation of the data centre by eliminating acquisition cost barriers for flash and lowering ongoing expense with simplified management and increased efficiency."
Functions delivered include:
- Comprehensive data reduction - SCOS 7 will help customers store more data on fewer drives. A new, patented Intelligent Deduplication and enhanced Intelligent Block-Level Compression can provide up to 10:1 capacity savings, which help reduce the cost of both flash and disk tiers.
- Increased data centre flexibility - SCOS 7 enhances the storage management control, helping customers respond to changing requirements rapidly and with minimal disruption.
- New Quality of Service features help administrators automatically allocate resources to match their unique business priorities, ensuring top performance for mission-critical apps even in contentious multi-workload environments.
- VMware VVOLs support allows provisioning, monitoring and management of storage at a virtual machine level.
Together, these two features simplify management of multi-tenancy and cloud environments, helping IT managers provide consistent, policy-based storage services to their clients.
- Unified Dell Storage ecosystem - New Dell Storage Manager (DSM) software provides a common management platform with an HTML5-based interface for SC, PS and FS products.4 Building on the familiar capabilities of the previous SC Series Enterprise Manager, SCOS 7 adds bi-directional cross-platform replication between SC and PS arrays, and "single pane of glass" day-to-day management of both systems.
A Dell statement added: SCOS 7 will be delivered as a free firmware upgrade for SC Series customers with a current support contract. Most SCOS 7 features are available immediately on SC9000, with general availability across the SC Series portfolio planned for Q3, 2016. Dell PS Series customers who want to take advantage of the new PS and SC unified management and cross-platform replication capabilities can upgrade to the new PS 9.0 firmware, available this month at no charge with a current support contract. Licenses between PS and SC series do not transfer and a Replication license is needed for the SC Series.
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