Dell seasons PowerMax arrays with dash of FC-NVMe and Optane – but it's not a capacity boost | 9/10/2019 | Staff
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Dell EMC has injected FC-NVMe and Optane storage-class memory (SCM) into its high-end PowerMax arrays with the aim of ramping performance.

The updated PowerMax specs are up to 7.5m IOPS, sub-100μs read latency and 1PB effective capacity for the 2000, and up to 15m IOPS, sub-100μs read latency, 350GB/sec and 4PB effective capacity for the 8000. This is a performance upgrade, not a capacity boost.

Arrays - VMware - Ansible - Kubernetes - Integrations

The arrays are also receiving VMware, Ansible and Kubernetes integrations.

FC-NVMe is the NVMe fabric protocol for storage array access that is implemented using Fibre Channel cabling, running at 32Gbit/s in this case. It is built to provide sub-200μs latency with NVMe flash SSDs – PowerMax already supports NVMe SSDs, but this update provides wider NVMe support.

Systems - Support - Optane - DC - SSDs

Updated systems include support for 750GB and 1.5TB dual-port Optane DC 4800X SSDs, which have an NVMe interface. This Optane support was flagged back in December and PowerMax is the first system to ship with these drives.

Gens 1 and 2 PowerMax Two models of the first generation PowerMax array were unveiled in May last year: the 4U 2000 (1.7m random read IOPS, 300μs latency, and 1PB effective capacity); and the rack-level 8000 (up to 10m IOPS, 300μs latency, to 175GB/sec and 4PB effective capacity).

Pair - PowerBrick - Controller/storage - Units - Brick

The pair can be scaled up by adding PowerBrick controller/storage units – one to two for the 2000 and one to eight for the 8000. A brick includes an engine (controller) with two PowerMax directors, packaged software, cache, and 24-slot...
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