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Dell to release mid-range EMC PowerStore today

by on05 May 2020

Seven times faster, three times more responsive than previous Dell EMC midrange storage arrays

Gray tin box shifter Dell is to announce today the release of its new EMC PowerStore and says that it will be seven times faster and three times more responsive than what is currently on offer in the mid-range.

Dell tells us that it has rebuilt its PowerStore from the ground up with better technology and expertise to address the challenges of the data era.

It uses end to end NVMe architecture, provides support for dual-ported Intel Optane SSDs, and up to 32Gb FC or 25Gb Ethernet support.

Dell EMC uses the popular 2U form factor with dual controllers. Each array has 25 2.5” bays (up to 23 usable for storage depending on model), supporting drive capacities ranging from 375GB to 750GB in Optane SSDs and 1.92TB to 15.36TB NVMe SSDs. While not available at launch, NVMe-oF support will come in a future release.

Each PowerStore appliance can grow to over 2.8 PB effective capacity, and multiple appliances can be clustered for greater performance. PowerStore supports up to four appliances in a cluster, or eight nodes. If there’s a need to scale just storage, Dell EMC supports that via SAS-based expansion enclosures filled with 1.92TB to 7.6TB SSDs.

Dell EMC PowerStore Physical Specifications

PER APPLIANCE 1000 3000 5000 7000 9000
Max Drives 96 96 96 96 96
NVRAM per Appliance 2 2 4 4 4
Base Enclosure A 2U, 2 node enclosure with twenty-five 2.5” NVMe drive slots
Expansion Enclosure A 2U enclosure attached to a PowerStore base enclosure with twenty-five 2.5” SAS drives slots (3 max per appliance)
Power Supplies PowerStore appliances are powered by 2 redundant power supplies (PS) per enclosure.
RAID Options RAID 5 (4+1/8+1)
CPUs per Appliance 4 x Intel CPUs, 32 cores, 1.8GHz 4 x Intel CPUs, 48 cores, 2.1GHz 4 x Intel CPUs, 64 cores, 2.1GHz 4 x Intel CPUs, 80 cores, 2.4GHz 4 x Intel CPUs, 112 cores, 2.1GHz
Memory per Appliance 384GB 768GB 1,152GB 1,536GB 2,560GB
Max Mezzanine cards per Appliance 2 2 2 2 2
Max IO Modules per Appliance 4 4 4 4 4
Embedded SAS IO Ports per Appliance 4 x 4 lane 12Gb/s SAS ports for back end connection
Max front end Ports per Appliance (all types) 24 24 24 24 24
Max 16/32Gb FC Ports per Appliance 16 16 16 16 16
Max 10 Gbase-T/iSCSI Ports per Appliance 24 24 24 24 24
Max 10/25 GbE/iSCSI Ports per Appliance 24 24 24 24 24
Max Raw Capacity 898.56TB 898.56TB 898.56TB 898.56TB 898.56TB

Dell's Dan Inbar, president and general manager, storage said that the Dell EMC PowerStore blends automation, next generation technology, and a novel software architecture to deliver infrastructure that helps organisations address these needs.


Last modified on 16 June 2020
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