Dell reveals enterprise storage revamp


by Joe Curtis| 24 June 2014

Dell pens software-defined deal with Nutanix and renames products as Dell Storage.

Dell is overhauling its enterprise storage offerings to base products on a single architecture, Compellent.

Forthcoming storage products from the tech giant will all run the Compellent platform that Dell acquired three years ago, while a new range of software-defined storage will run on the Nutanix OS.

The firm made the announcements at Dell User Forum in Florida today, where it revealed that storage products will from now on be known simply as Dell Storage.

While support for customers of its PowerVault, EqualLogic and Compellent product lines will continue, they will also have the choice to move to the Compellent architecture, the firm outlined.

The first of the Storage range, the Dell Storage SC4000 Series arrays, provide all-flash performance at prices 72% cheaper than competitors, claimed Dell, and will target the mid-market.

Alan Atkinson, VP of Dell Storage, said: "The Dell Storage SC4000 Series is redefining the economics of enterprise storage, offering the advanced capabilities of larger-scale enterprise storage and outstanding price for performance to help customers with mid-tier storage needs become more competitive.

"We're also supporting organisations opting for a revolutionary approach to data management by growing our portfolio of software-defined storage and converged solutions."

The first in the SC4000 series, Dell Storage SC4020, a 24-drive storage area network (SAN), will become available in August.

The company is also trying to expand its software-defined storage product range through its new partnership with Nutanix.

Dell will offer customers its XC Series - tools combining compute, storage and networking in one product - powered by Nutanix software.

Ashish Nadkarni, research director in IDC's Storage Practice, said: "Dell is the first major IT vendor to embrace web-scale in this manner by partnering with Nutanix, a known leader in the space that offers ease of deployment and management for customers interested in a converged server and storage solution that simply scales as needed."

Storage rival EMC announced its own software-defined platform last May.

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