Dell shipping new all-flash storage option for data-intensive apps

Dell shipping new all-flash storage option for data-intensive apps

Summary: The PC maker asserted that its new all flash storage options cost less than comparable hard disk drive alternatives on the market.

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Once again shifting the spotlight away from PCs (and all that private business news), Dell is touting its enterprise storage portfolio -- specifically a new set of all-flash storage solutions for big data-hungry applications.

The Round Rock, Texas-based company asserted that its new all flash storage options cost less than comparable hard disk drive alternatives on the market.

For example, Dell touted that its Compellent all-flash series "costs less than a comparable 15K disk drive solution" thanks to automated tiering capabilities.

When taking advantage of dual flash drives deployments compared to utilizing "traditional" spinning arrays, Dell boasted that its new Compellent branded solutions could reduce latency by up to 90 percent, the rack space by up to 84 percent, and costs by as much as 56 percent.

One of the first products out the door will be the Dell Compellent SC280 dense enclosure.

Shipping immediately, the storage product is designed to tier data from down to a single array, promising up to 2.8 times more capacity than competing 2U 3.5-inch disk drives, translating to as much as 336 terabytes of hard drives in a 5U enclosure.

Once again touting saving everything from money to floor space, Dell touted this particular flash storage option as ideal for laboratories in the life sciences and even healthcare.

Overall, the Dell Compellent all-flash storage solutions are intended to be ready for archiving and performance-demanding apps from the likes of Oracle and SAP as well as those running on private cloud deployments.

Topics: Enterprise 2.0, Dell, Hardware, Storage

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  • Is the Write Lifetime Problem Fixed?

    Assuming that "data-intensive" apps are those which involve repeated updating of a database file and/or one or more workfiles in place, how often do the flash chips have to be replaced? I'ts one thing to add a few emails every day, then delete some of them, then play a few games, but data INTENSIVE apps could run up against the limit of ONE byte position very quickly.
    jallan32
    • These units have been...

      ...with select customers for a while now as I understand it. The new software is very cool stuff and it will actually show you the remaining life of the drives. The multi-tier solution uses SLC drives to store "hot" data (each drive capable of sustaining 12TB of writes per day over 5 years), while colder, read-only snapshot data moves down to eMLC SSD (each capable of sustaining 4.8TB of writes per day over 5 years).

      The design is configured to provide maximum lifespan for write-intensive workloads and move read-only data down to a tier of SSD more suited to read-intensive workloads.
      Mike Bonneau
  • Why use Flash instead of RAM + conventional Hard Drive

    Every pundit is touting the speed of Flash 'drives' but they're still slower than RAM so if you have enough RAM to contain all the data you need to process, you can use a conventional (=cheap) spinning hard drive as permanent storage and you can forget about Flash degradation with repeated writing and the complex algorithms to minimise writing to only parts of the Flash drive. We're so conditioned by the past when RAM cost a fortune (I remember spending 400 GBP to upgrade my PC from 4 Megabytes to 16 Megabytes) that we forget that enough RAM to eliminate disc paging is now affordable and VERY fast.
    JohnOfStony