Dell EMC World 2016 – through the product announcements

EMC declared 2016 as the Year-of-Flash and they had a few interesting products added in their All-Flash portfolio this year. ISILON AFA, VMAX 250F contributing more to this line-up and a few other announcements were the highlights of the Last week at Dell EMC World.

I thought of putting all the major product announcements from the event together in a single place here in this post.


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Dell Servers & HCI : One of the key announcement at Dell EMC World was their move to go with the Dell Servers in their Hype-Converged solutions. VxRack and VxRail systems are gonna be in the market soon with Dell Servers in them. This new approach will help customers with cost-efficiency and better support.

ISILON AFA (Nitro) : The All-Flash ISILON array is one of the biggest attractions from the Dell EMC World 2016. I have written a detailed post here about the product. The ISILON AFA (previously known as the Project Nitro) is a solution for the performance intensive NAS workloads. AFA chassis can be added to the existing SAS and NL nodes as a performance tier also.

XtremIO File : XtremIO All-Flash Array will have NAS functions added by late 2017. Dell EMC World had a preview of the functions which is still in the development phase. The FluidFS Scale-Out NAS filesystem will make XtremIO a true Unified AFA with common protocols including NFS, SMB, HDFS, NDMP  etc… with the block storage. You can read more about the product on this Register post here

EMC ECSEMC ECS announced a few feature enhancements including some from a management perspective with the new release ECS 3.0. ECS has a new denser hardware introduced which increases capacity density by 64%. Dell EMC now have a software-only solution also of the ECS which can be installed on certified Dell servers.

ECS will be soon available as a dedicated cloud – ECS-as-a-Service from Dell EMC. Customers can provision their ECS from the cloud, hosted by Virtustream. Integration with existing storage systems is another attraction from ECS now. ECS can be added as an additional storage tier with other storage products including VNX, VMAX etc…

VMAX 250F : A week before Dell EMC World, Dell EMC added this new array to their VMAX AFA solutions along with 450 and 850 systems. New VMAX 250F, an upper-midrange model with enterprise capabilities can offer more than 1 Million IOPS. The basic configuration of this system can be as small as 1 V-Brick with 11 TB of storage. You can find more specificaitons, comparision etc… from EMC Store here

Some of picks from Data Protection is Software-Only version of Data Domain with Dell servers support. You can read more from the announcement here.

I believe that sums up the major announcements from the event. If you feel I missed something important, please feel free to let me know. Comments are always welcome.

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