Dell Technologies Boosts Storage, Data Protection Lineup

Dell EMC boosts its storage and data protection product lines.

Lynn Haber

April 30, 2019

3 Min Read
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Dell EMC

DELL TECHNOLOGIES WORLD — In the first Dell Technologies World since the company went public, Dell Technologies announced on Tuesday new storage and data protection products.


Dell EMC’s Sam Grocott

In the storage arena, the company introduced the new Dell EMC Unit XT, Dell EMC Cloud Storage Services and Isilon OneFS 8.2. On the data protection side, the vendor announced PowerProtect Software, PowerProtect X400 and IDPA DP4400.

  • The Unity XT is a next-generation offer designed for midrange applications and workloads. Key product features are performance, efficiency and design for multicloud environments. The Unity XT is NVMe-ready, a future-proof design that enables customers, when they’re ready, to add NVMe drives. The performance exceeds the previous model by 2X, according to Sam Grocott, senior vice president, infrastructure solutions group at Dell EMC, thanks to software and the latest generation of Intel processors. Storage efficiency was also bumped up to 5:1 data reduction.

  • The Dell EMC Cloud Storage Services extend the on-premises data center to the cloud, in an as-a-service model, with initial support for two use cases: disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS), which will be supported on the Unity and PowerMax; and multicloud access for analytics, test/dev, workload migration and other cases where users need more compute — here, support will be on the Isilon system.

  • The Isilon OneFS 8.2 is a hardware and software appliance designed for unstructured data. The new device is designed for scale – 75% more, up to 58PB capacity – and has expanded multicloud support to include Alibaba and Google public clouds.

The Dell EMC Unity XT will be available worldwide this quarter, as will the Isilon OneFS 8.2. The cloud storage service is available now in North America and London, with worldwide availability to follow.

Following up on last year’s introduction of the PowerMax and Powervault products, Dell EMC’s data protection portfolio is getting a boost with:

  • PowerProtect software, the vendor’s next-generation data management platform. It’s built from the ground up to be software-defined, self-service and SaaS. It has multicloud connections and a modern services-based architecture, and integration with VMware, said Grocott. The new software offers backup and recovery and has native integrations with VMware, Oracle and others, and offers centralized oversight, governance and long-term retention to the public cloud.

  • The PowerProtect X400 is a data management appliance that joins existing IDPA family of fully integrated data protection appliances. This device leverages the PowerProtect software and the PowerEdge servers, scales up and out for flexibility, utilizes hybrid or all-flash configuration and integrates with VMware.

  • The IDPA DP4400 has a starting configuration of 8TB, scaling up to 24TB in a single node. It offers enterprise capabilities to the SMB market. The IDPA DP-440 is field upgradable to 96TB. Other features: It’s a converged 2U appliance and offers cloud tier and cloud disaster recovery options, and search, monitoring and analytics capabilities.

Worldwide availability for the data protection products is later this quarter.

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