The biggest takeaway is that Dell EMC PowerMax systems use non-volatile memory express (NVMe) interconnects over fiber across its portfolio. NVMe has gone mainstream and multiple storage makers--HPE, Pure Storage and others--have been rolling out systems.
According to Dell EMC, the updated PowerMax systems are the first to market with the dual-port Intel Optane drives and use of Storage Class Memory (SCM) as persistent storage. Dell and Intel partnered on the development.
PowerMax 2000 can fit standard 19-inch with its two available bricks. The PowerMax 8000 can house up to four bricks in a single cabinet and eight bricks on two-floor tiles.
The coupling of NVMe and Intel Optane on dual port give the new PowerMax systems up to 15M IOPs, or 50% better than the previous system, with up to 50% better response times and twice the bandwidth.
Meanwhile, the Dell EMC PowerMax systems come with a machine learning engine that places data on SCM or NVMe depending on its IO profile. PowerMax can analyze and forecast up to 40 million data sets in real-time.
As for the integrations, Dell EMC added a VMware vRealize Orchestrator plug-in to automate tasks like provisioning and data protection. There are also pre-built modules for Red Hat Ansible to manage data workflows and a Container Storage Interface plug-in. Both the Red Hat Ansible and container tools are available on GitHub.