Dell Upgrades PowerStore Hardware and Software

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  • The company, Dell, upgrades PowerStore hardware and software to its midrange unified file and block PowerStore storage architecture.
  • Shannon Champion explains more details on the upgrades.

Dell details hardware and software updates to its mid-range unified file and blocks PowerStore storage architecture. The upgrades are available two years after Dell launched the PowerStore platform, which has seen 12,000 deployments.

The Product Marketing Lead for Dell Technologies in converged infrastructure and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), Shannon Champion, has explained the details of upgrades.

The Gen 2 platform refresh is an upgrade over the older hardware. Now using Cascade Lake-era Intel processors, the new PowerStore systems come with up to 50% more IOPS for mixed workloads, up to 70% faster writes, and up to 10 times improvement in copy operations. In addition, the maximum capacity is up 66% to more than 18 PBe per cluster.

Details of PS Platform

The PowerStore supports 100 Gb NVMe/TCP deployment through Dell’s SmartFabric Storage Software, which automates the deployment and connectivity of SAN fabrics. Organizations without Fibre Channel infrastructure can now connect PS to NVMe/TCP networks, which Dell says can deliver up to 73% better performance at 50% lower cost per port.

According to Champion, PS 3.0 delivers more than 120 new features and capabilities on the software front than the original 2020 launch. It adds a native file, VMware virtual volumes (vVols), and metro area synchronous replication to the existing asynchronous block replication to protect any workload (block, vVols, or file) within the PS environment.

PS OS 3.0 majorly updates VMware integration with end-to-end VMware visibility within the PowerStore Manager GUI, plus the ability to provision VM-level PowerStore services, like snapshots and replication, directly from vSphere.

PowerStore 3.0 adds Hardware Root of Trust and Secure Boot from the security perspective. The new Xeon chips are also designed for silicon-based protection against malware tampering. It also enables third-party essential manager support, end-to-end FIPS 140-2 compliance, and CEPA-enabled ransomware detection.

Dell says PS Gen 1 customers enrolled in Dell’s Anytime Upgrade program will get the Gen 2 hardware upgrade, 3.0 software, and the ProDeploy deployment services that offer quick deployment and configuration of client systems at no additional charges.

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