Dell Introduces New Solutions and Services to Support and Protect Scalable, Cost-Efficient Datacenters

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The FINANCIAL — Dell on October 20 announced new solutions and services designed to help large-scale datacenter customers achieve mission-critical business goals faster and more consistently with less cost and downtime.

Dell helps customers with infrastructures that can scale easily and adapt quickly now and into the future with new servers designed specifically for the fastest growing datacenter market, new highest-end enterprise storage arrays and hyperconverged appliances, next-generation data protection software, and new IT deployment and automation services, according to Dell.

“With today’s rapidly evolving technology landscape, Dell focuses on designing datacenter solutions that offer market-leading performance and have the agility and flexibility to keep pace with new workloads and demands, changing architectures and business growth,” said Marius Haas, chief commercial officer and president of Dell Commercial Sales and Enterprise Solutions. “The new solutions and services announced today demonstrate the ability to scale simply and cost-effectively, allowing large-scale customers to reap the benefits of intelligently designed solutions that reduce total cost of IT ownership and shift the prioritization of resources from day-to-day IT management to higher-value services that help achieve business results and support growth.”

“The proliferation of digital technologies is quickly driving IT organizations to transform their infrastructure and partner more closely with business counterparts to deliver greater insights and value necessary to help improve customer experiences,” said Matt Eastwood, SVP, IDC Enterprise Infrastructure and Data Center. “Dell has a good pulse on the needs of its customers and is investing in and developing the right set of 3rd Platform-based technologies and solutions. This will be critical to help meet the needs for increased utilization rates and productivity requirements of the digital economy.”

Dell Introduces First Dell DSS-branded Servers 

Formally announced in August 2015, Dell Datacenter Scalable Solutions (DSS) is a new line of business within Dell’s Enterprise Solutions organization designed to meet the specific needs of web tech, telecommunications service providers, hosting companies, oil and gas, and research organizations. After engaging with over 200 customers in this growing market, Dell is responding to their needs by introducing its first DSS-branded products that provide great versatility and scale while reducing infrastructure costs. 

The Dell DSS 7000 is the industry’s densest storage server built to meet the storage needs of an exascale future. Building on its hyperscale leadership, the new storage server is based on the DCS XA90 and is capable of delivering up to 720 terabytes of storage in a single 4U chassis. The DSS 7000 packs up to 90 hot-serviceable 3.5-inch drives and two 2-socket server nodes to provide cloud builders with a low dollar-per-gigabyte cost for object and block storage. 

The Dell DSS 1500, DSS 1510 and DSS 2500 are new 1U and 2U servers that have been purpose-built to provide this set of customers with the technology they need for their specific workload needs. Featuring a minimalistic design, flexible storage and IO options, industry-standard baseboard management controller (BMC) systems management and the latest Intel Xeon processors, these new DSS servers help customers maximize operational efficiency while providing optimal performance.

Dell Launches Highest-End Dell Storage Arrays and Industry-Leading All-Flash Cost-per-Gigabyte 

The combination of Dell’s n ew flagship Dell Storage SC9000 storage array controller, new 12Gb SAS expansion enclosures and next generation array software offers customers the highest-performing, most enterprise-focused SC Series release to date. Dell once again offers the industry’s lowest cost-per-gigabyte for SSD storage1 with enterprise SC9000 all-flash arrays as low as 65 cents (US)-per-gigabyte net effective capacity including the array, all storage software and three-years of Dell Copilot support.3

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The Dell Storage SC9000, based on Dell’s 13th generation PowerEdge server platform, offers all-flash and hybrid flash configurations and delivers 40 percent more IOPs –with the ability to achieve more than 385,000 IOPS4—and more than double the throughput5 compared to previous SC Series arrays. Supporting the most demanding large-scale workloads, the flexible and self-optimizing SC9000 provides more than three petabytes of raw capacity per array and scales-out even further in federated multi-array configurations with seamless volume movement among arrays. 

New Dell Storage Center 6.7 array software offers substantial enterprise enhancements, boosting overall SC Series support for private clouds and other mission-critical applications. Highlighted new capabilities include Live Volume auto-failover for built-in disaster recovery with zero workload downtime and integrated host-side data protection for Oracle, Microsoft and VMware environments. New active data compression capabilities offer up to 93 percent flash capacity savings6, and innovations, such as the industry-first deployment of TLC 3D NAND technology in a true high-performance, high-endurance setting, provide further cost savings. 

Dell Ushers in Next Generation of Backup and Recovery with Dell Data Protection | Rapid Recovery

Next-generation Dell Data Protection | Rapid Recovery software, engineered in the cloud era with cloud recovery in mind, integrates proven and familiar features of AppAssure and other leading Dell IP designed to eliminate downtime for customer environments.

Rapid Recovery features “Rapid Snap for Applications” technology that can capture an entire application and its relevant state, enabling complete application and system recovery with near-zero RTOs and aggressive RPOs. A new “Rapid Snap for Virtual” capability, based on Dell vRanger technology, provides scalable protection of growing VMware environments without agents, and automatically detects and backs up VMs provisioned on an ESXi host. In addition, a simple bare metal restore (BMR) feature from cloud-based archives reinforces Dell’s ongoing focus on powerful cloud connectivity and recovery. The solution also features a Rapid Recovery Repository (R3) with encryption and client-side deduplication based on proven Rapid Data Access (RDA) technology. R3 delivers direct-to-target backups and significantly reduces the deduplication workload, resulting in quicker snapshots, reduced data transfer times, and greater scale. 

Dell is also expanding its capability around endpoint protection by delivering the first release of Dell Data Protection | Endpoint Recovery, a new software solution with proven IP to deliver continuous backup and fast, easy endpoint recovery. Complementing the new releases, Dell is offering new simplified pricing for vRanger, giving organizations with growing virtual environments access to a scalable VM backup solution starting at $699 including 24/7 support. 

Next Wave of Dell XC Series Appliances Expand Dell’s Software-Defined Storage Portfolio

Dell also announced the next wave of Dell XC Series of Web-scale Converged Appliances, which integrate compute, storage and hypervisor resources into a single offering to help reduce TCO and streamline datacenters. The new appliances help Dell support the growing customer interest in hyperconverged solutions where spending is expected to grow by almost 60 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2014 to 2019, reaching a total of $3.9 billion by 2019, according to analyst firm IDC.7 

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The latest hyperconverged solutions include the Dell XC6320, the highest-density XC Series appliance to-date, with four compute nodes that support more than 44 terabytes of storage in a 2U form factor. This substantially reduces datacenter hardware rack space, power and cooling required to run various workloads in service provider, ROBO and large customer datacenters. New Dell XC630-10F and XC6320-6F All-Flash Nodes are the first XC Series all-flash appliances, offering a cost-for-performance boost with data tiering between flash drives types based on actual data usage. 

ProDeploy Enterprise Suite Gets More Out of Technology Starting Day One

The Dell ProDeploy Enterprise Suite includes three deployment services and full training and certification to help secure the path to a future-ready data center. The flagship ProDeploy Plus, the industry’s most complete deployment service, rapidly integrates new technologies and optimizes the long-term performance of critical systems. Expert deployment means customers are able to deploy up to 39 percent faster2 and save up to $2,000 per deployed device8, giving them time and money to fuel innovation. 

For channel partners, Dell offers the flexibility to deliver, resell and co-deliver deployment services. Through new training and certifications, customers and partners gain the same storage and networking expertise as Dell certified engineers. By reselling Dell deployment services, partners can significantly expand their capacity and cover the globe by supplementing their capabilities. PartnerDirect premier and preferred partners also can earn a deployment services competency to access Dell methodologies and tools while becoming eligible to co-deliver ProDeploy with Dell.

Dell Services Introduces Dell Application Modernization Portfolio

As customers look to move to new data center technologies, they also need to re-host or re-architect their applications. Dell Services today introduced the Dell Application Modernization Portfolio, a comprehensive set of integrated software solutions for application modernization and simplification. The Application Modernization Portfolio helps customers more easily enhance business agility through application simplification, place their applications in secure solutions to address vulnerabilities, and integrate applications with digital services. 

Unifying these solutions in a common framework enables Dell Services to address customers’ complex legacy challenges with fit-to-purpose hybrid approaches. Dell can apply the right solution and modernization technique to each diverse challenge in a real-world legacy portfolio, instead of trying to fit every problem to a one-trick solution.


Dell Datacenter Scalable Solutions DSS 7000, 1510, 1500 and 2500 are available globally today.

The Dell Storage SC9000, Dell Storage Center 6.7 and Dell Storage SC400 and SC420 enclosures are available globally today.

Dell Data Protection | Rapid Recovery will be available worldwide in Q4 starting at $1,199 and is available as a free upgrade for AppAssure license holders.

The Dell XC6320 highest-density appliance is available globally today, and the Dell XC630-10F and XC6320-6F All-Flash Nodes have planned globally availability in November 2015.

The Dell ProDeploy Enterprise Suite services are now available on Dell server, storage and networking products in 55 countries and the Deployment Services Competency is now available in 123 countries.

The Dell Application Modernization Portfolio is available globally today as part of Dell Services’ Application Modernization solutions.


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