Dell Upgrades PowerStore Storage Performance, Debuts New Model for Smaller Businesses

The PowerStore 500 is for remote or branch locations, edge environments or larger IT deployments.

Craig Galbraith, Editorial Director

April 20, 2021

3 Min Read
Dell EMC PowerStore

Dell EMC PowerStore enterprise storage systems have new software and automation capabilities that Dell says upgrade their performance.

Jeff Boudreau is president and general manager of the infrastructure solutions group at Dell Technologies. He touts PowerStore as the “fastest-growing new architecture in Dell history.”


Dell’s Jeff Boudreau

“With today’s announcements, we’ve made PowerStore faster and smarter while making it easier for a broader range of businesses to get started with the platform,” said Boudreau.

Let’s Get Specific

Dell claims that enhancements in PowerStoreOS 2.0 will result in zero disruptions to customer operations. Among the highlights are performance enhancements, infrastructure modernization and scale-out with AppsON. AppsON is a capability that allows VMware virtualized workloads to run directly on the purpose-built array, which Dell says delivers “groundbreaking” application mobility and flexibility.

  • PowerStore now supports a wide range of workloads with an architecture for block, file and VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes that can scale up and out. Businesses, Dell says, now can get up to 25% more Input/Output Operations Per Second(IOPS).

  • There’s now an option of NVMe over Fibre Channel (NVMe-FC) with PowerStore. It just requires a software update and no additional hardware. This aims to extend the advantages of NVMe across the data center.

  • With a built-in VMware ESXi hypervisor, PowerStore customers can run applications directly on the system using the AppsON feature. Dell says this results in better performance, mobility and workload consolidation. Scale-out and appliance clustering additions to AppsON offer additional compute power for storage-intensive applications at the edge in areas such as health care and big data analytics.

“New and existing storage customers are seeing first-hand how [PowerStore’s] unique design, extreme performance and standout automation capabilities help them innovate and maintain a competitive advantage,” added Boudreau.

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You can download the Dell EMC PowerStore software updates on June 10.

PowerStore 500

Dell also on Tuesday unveiled the PowerStore 500. It’s a lower-cost model suitable for a broader range of businesses and use cases with enterprise performance and features. Customers get a product that’s useful in remote or branch locations, edge environments or larger IT deployments. It’s available via Dell’s subscription model, Flex On Demand, which lets customers acquire the technology they need with payments that scale to how much they actually use.

The PowerStore 500 stores up to 1.2 petabytes and can handle demanding enterprise workloads. It supports up to 2.4 million SQL transactions per minute and 1,500 VDI desktops per appliance. Furthermore, the Dell EMC Future-Proof Program features the ability to upgrade at any time. Customers can also enhance or expand their PowerStore performance and capacity after only six months.


WWT’s Bob Olwig

“Dell EMC PowerStore’s unique architecture, automation capabilities and performance help our customers tackle today and tomorrow’s IT challenges,” said Bob Olwig, vice president, business development and marketing, WWT. “The PowerStore 500’s low cost and extreme performance make it a compelling addition to the PowerStore family from a partner perspective and new performance and automation updates give customers even more reasons to choose Dell Technologies storage.”

The PowerStore 500 is available for order on May 4. It will ship globally starting June 10.

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About the Author(s)

Craig Galbraith

Editorial Director, Channel Futures

Craig Galbraith is the editorial director for Channel Futures, joining the team in 2008. Before that, he spent more than 11 years as an anchor, reporter and managing editor in television newsrooms in North Dakota and Washington state. Craig is a proud Husky, having graduated from the University of Washington. He makes his home in the Phoenix area.

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