Dell EMC adds to flash storage system lineup, touts more than 3,000 XtremeIO customers

Dell EMC outlined a series of updates to its storage lineup to advance all-flash features, cover its analytics bases, and add new data protection appliances.
Written by Larry Dignan, Contributor

Dell EMC outlined a series of additions to its storage portfolio and said that sales of its XtremeIO all-flash system have delivered $3 billion in revenue since launching in November 2013 and landed more than 3,000 customers.

The systems, outlined on Tuesday, are among the first launched since EMC was acquired by Dell to create Dell Technologies. Dell EMC is the enterprise hardware and software brand.

Among the key additions:

Dell EMC launched the VMAX 250-F, which takes many of the features of the VMAX family downstream to smaller companies. The VMAX 250-F is an all-flash array that comes with the company's Hypermax operating system, inline compression, and data reduction tools.

As for the VMAX 250F, the system can scale up to 1 petabyte of effective capacity and supports 7.6TB and 15TB flash drives. The system is based on the Dell EMC V-Brick architecture.

A new version of Hypermax. Dell EMC updated its Hypermax operating system with inline compression to cut storage requirements, non-disruptive data migration from previous VMAX system, and third site disaster recovery support. Hypermax's launch coincides with OpenStack's Newton Cinder release.

Updates to the Dell EMC Unity family of storage systems with more flash options. The updates include new inline compression tools and support for all-flash arrangements. Unity will also have support for file tiering to the cloud via Dell EMC's Virtustream unit.

CloudIQ, a storage analytics platform. Dell EMC said its CloudIQ is out of preview and will be available later in the quarter. CloudIQ is an analytics tool that monitors, manages, and provides health scores for the Dell EMC Unity systems.

Data Domain systems that can support all-flash systems. Data Domain systems are designed to protect data and storage systems. The systems also include the Data Domain Cloud Tier software to increase the volume of data handled by the storage appliance. Dell EMC added four new Data Domain appliances designed for small and mid-sized companies.

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