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Dell EMC PowerVault ME4 launched for entry-level SAN

Dell EMC this week added a new line of entry-level storage systems, extending its PowerVault line to handle SAN and direct-attached storage.

The Dell EMC PowerVault ME4 line consists of three flash-based models: the 2U ME4012 and ME4024 systems and the dense 5U ME4084 expansion enclosure. 

The PowerVault block arrays can serve as direct-attached storage with Dell EMC PowerEdge storage servers, or they can extend SAN storage to enterprise remote branch offices. The latest PowerVault scales to 336 SAS drives and 4 TB of raw storage with ME expansion shelves.

The new PowerVault block systems provide unified file storage with Dell EMC PowerVault NX Series Windows-based NAS devices.

PowerVault ME4 models start at $13,000, and Dell EMC’s auto-tiering, disaster recovery, RAID support, replication, snapshots, thin provisioning and volume copy software are standard features. Dell EMC claims an HTML5 graphical user interface enables setup within 15 minutes.

PowerVault for large and small customers

Dell’s $60 billion-plus acquisition of EMC in 2016 created wide industry speculation that the combined Dell EMC would need to winnow its overlapping midrange storage portfolio.

Last week, Dell’s vice chairman of products and operations, Jeff Clarke, said the midrange Unity and SC Series platforms would converge in 2019.  But the vendor will still have a variety of storage array platforms. Dell EMC PowerMax — formerly VMAX — is the vendor’s flagship all-flash SAN. Dell EMC also sells XtremIO all-flash and Isilon clusterd NAS systems.

EMC was the external storage market share leader before the Dell acquisition. Post-merger Dell generated more than double the revenue of any other external storage vendor in the second quarter of 2018, according to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker numbers released last week.

IDC credited Dell with $1.9 billion in storage revenue in the quarter — more than double the $830 million for No. 2 NetApp. Dell had 29.2% of the market and grew 18.4% year over year for the quarter, compared with the overall industry growth of 14.4%, according to IDC.

Dell EMC PowerVault ME4084 5U expansion
Dell EMC’s extended PowerVault family includes the ME4084 5U expansion enclosure.

Dell initially launched PowerVault for archiving and backup, but repositioned it as “cheap and deep” block storage in back of the EqualLogic-based SC SANs.

Sean Kinney, a senior director of product marketing for Dell EMC midrange storage, said PowerVault ME doubles back-end performance with 12 Gbps SAS and is capable of handling 320,000 IOPS.

“We’ve talked over the past few months about how we’re going to simplify our [midrange] portfolio and align it under a couple of key platforms. We have the PowerMax at the high end. This is the next phase in that journey,” Kinney said.

The new PowerEdge arrays take self-encrypting nearline SAS disks or 3.5-inch SAS-connected SSDs, and they can be combined behind a single ME4 RAID controller. The configuration gives customers the option to configure PowerVault as all-flash or hybrid storage. The base ME4012 and ME4024 2U units come with dual controllers, with 8 GB per controller, and four ports for 10 GB iSCSI, 12 Gbps SAS and 16 Gbps Fibre Channel connectivity.

Customers could add a 5U ME484 expansion enclosure behind any ME4 base unit to scale Dell EMC PowerVault to 336 nearline disks or SSDs. Dell EMC claimed it has sold more than 400,000 units of PowerVault generations.

Enterprises use PowerVault arrays “by the hundreds” at remote branch sites, while smaller organizations make up a big share of the installed base, said Bob Fine, a director of marketing for Dell EMC midrange storage.

“If you only have one or two IT generalists, PowerVault could be your entire data center,” Fine said.

Entry-level Dell EMC SC Series adds data features

Dell EMC is trying to move its entry-level hybrid SC Series up the stack by adding features previously available only on higher-end models.

The Dell EMC SCv3000 line introduced this week replaces the SCv2000 building block. Dell EMC SC Series midrange storage is derived from Compellent array technology Dell acquired in 2011, and it’s among a handful of competing SAN array platforms inside the company since the 2016 Dell-EMC merger.

The SCv3000’s 3U form factor accepts 222 drives and scales to 1 PB of raw hybrid capacity per array. Two base models are available: the SCv3000 and SCv3020, each of which supports three new expansion enclosures. Customers can combine the base configuration and populate it with a mix of disk and flash. New features include data federation and protection and greater third-party software integration.

Brian Henderson, a director of midrange marketing for Dell EMC SC Series, said the merged vendor plans to continue adding data management features to carve a bigger slice of the midrange market. Dell EMC SC Series arrays compete with systems such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise MSA models and lower ends of the Hitachi Data Systems’ Virtual Storage Platform.

Even though Dell EMC SC Series and Unity both address the low-end and midrange markets, Henderson said Dell EMC plans to keep both product sets for now. “SC Series and Unity each have their own brands and their own set of customers,” he said. “We’re not taking anything away.

“The big deal on the SCv3000 is that we took the restraints off the system. The SCv2000 was a competitive product, but it was a little light on the feature set. We’ve added more horsepower to support a greater range of enterprise-class features,” Henderson added.

The SCv3000 launch also kicks off a Dell EMC money-back guarantee on certain flash products, starting with SC Series and Unity products. The vendor guarantees storage efficiency will improve at least 75%.

The guarantee eventually will extend to XtremIO and all-flash VMAX systems, Henderson said.

Compellent technology evolves with SCv3000 launch

The upgrade allows users to federate data moved across multiple SC arrays and replicate snapshots between the SC and Dell EMC PS Series — formerly EqualLogic — arrays.

All SC Series arrays run Dell Storage Manager, which supports third-party software integration, quality of service and integration of VMware VVOLs. A single SCv3000 supports 4,000 array-based snapshots.

Dell EMC Core OS supports array-based snapshots, synchronous volume failover between nodes and federated data movement. Dell EMC Data Progression manages the placement of data based on policy-driven usage patterns. Those data features previously were available only on Dell EMC SC Series SC5020, SC7020 and SC9000 arrays.

The SCv3000 integrates compression, but does not include data deduplication, which is available on larger SC models. Henderson said Dell EMC is offering a range of deployment services for midrange customers that want to install SC Series storage on their own.

Dell EMC said the starting price for the SCv3000 is less than $10,000.