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How the Dell EMC PowerScale portfolio has redefined NAS for the Unstructured Data Era

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In a recent IDC research report, Meeting the New Unstructured Storage Requirements for Digitally Transforming Enterprises, IDC surveyed over 400 enterprise IT decision makers to help in identifying the top drivers and challenges in managing unstructured data. Based on the feedback from the survey respondents, the primary trend in file-based storage that has emerged is the need for flexibility. By this they are referring to the ability to readily support the constant mix of enterprise file-based workloads. This is especially the case for modern workloads such as AI/ML/DL. This does not preclude the ongoing need in traditional use cases like file consolidation and archives. Key requirements of flexibility noted in the report include mixed media support, nondisruptive scalability, ease of public cloud integration, multiple access methods and an availability of different deployment models.
 
To address this ever-increasing demand for flexibility, Dell Technologies has incorporated new innovations for Dell EMC PowerScale. These innovations make it the world’s most flexible scale-out NAS solution. The new enhancements provide more flexible consumption, management, protection, and security capabilities that eliminate data silos to help your customers more effectively use unstructured data to innovate with confidence.
 
Enhancements to the PowerScale portfolio that enable your customers to support any data workload, manage it easily and keep it cyber resilient, include:
 
New PowerScale hybrid (H700 and H7000) and archive nodes (A300 and A3000) deliver up to 75% more performance than comparable hybrid nodes and up to 2x more performance than comparable archive nodes.
New PowerScale OneFS and DataIQ software enhancements expand storage management, performance monitoring, auditing, and compliance capabilities to simplify file storage at scale.
Enhancements to Dell’s API-integrated ransomware protection capabilities keep data protected from cyberattacks and now offer cloud deployment options in addition to on-premises.
Dynamic NAS Protection, available with PowerProtect Data Manager, delivers a simple, modern way to protect NAS systems through enhanced backup for file data enabling up to 3X faster backups4 and up to 2x faster restores.
 
With the new PowerScale hybrid (H700 and H7000) and archive nodes (A300 and A3000), Dell has completed the refresh of its Isilon product line that started last year with the release of the PowerScale all-flash F200 and F600 nodes and continued with the announcement of the PowerScale F900 all-flash nodes. These new, more powerful hybrid and archive nodes offer your customers more cores, memory and cache, additional networking options, and deliver complete node compatibility with customers’ existing PowerScale and Isilon clusters. For example, the A300 and A3000 archive nodes support active and deep archive workloads with faster CPU than the previous generation. Inline data reduction, now available across the entire PowerScale portfolio, provides additional opportunities to deliver up to 2.2x increase in storage efficiency.
 
Find out more about how you can get your customers ready for any file-based data workload with Dell EMC PowerScale here
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