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Dell bolsters its storage lineup with 500 software upgrades

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Dell will implement a range of new features for its storage platforms aimed at “cloudifying” its systems and improving support for hybrid environments, the company announced this week at its annual Dell Technologies World event in Las. Vegas.

Dell touted more than 500 software advancements in three key platforms: PowerStore storage appliances, PowerMax mission-critical storage, and PowerFlex software-defined storage framework. Major PowerStore updates are improved support for native file replication, third-party file monitoring and ransomware protection, as well as improved networking speeds, NVMe support and deeper integration for VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (vVols) virtualized SAN/NAS arrays and disaster recovery. .

PowerMax gets new features like multi-array smart provisioning, new workload optimization, and the ability to quickly move data snapshots to and from public cloud services for backup and recovery. Finally, PowerFlex’s existing integrations with cloud and container orchestration will be expanded, allowing customers to consolidate physical storage with the cloud into a single logical framework.

Dell also announced a new collaboration with cloud data analytics company Snowflake, with the aim of allowing data stored in Dell’s enterprise storage family to be processed in the Snowflake cloud without raising security concerns. data sovereignty.

Sid Nag, vice president of technology and service providers at a research company Gartner, said the multiple updates all point to tighter integration of cloud and on-premises storage, and that customers in heavily regulated industries, like healthcare and finance, are most likely to be interested in the news. features. The cloud has long posed data sovereignty and governance issues for industries subject to tight regulations; HIPAA and Sarbanes-Oxley are two of the main laws limiting cloud usage.

“What they basically did was take things out of storage and try to ‘cloudify’ them, for lack of a better term,” Nag said. “If I have a workload that requires me to leverage analytics, but the data can’t flow through the cloud, they partner with Snowflake and the analytics engine runs in the cloud. cloud, but the data itself is in a domain on the premises.”

The new storage technology is also thematically tied to Dell’s centralization around its Apex line of solutions as a service, Nag added. The unification of different types of data storage in a smaller number of frames follows the pattern.

“Apex is the big aha that Dell has been pushing for a year now – taking all of their solutions and delivering them in a cloud-like consumer model.”

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