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Dell & EMC Showcase Their Synergies with the All-Flash ScaleIO Ready Node

Jason Brown

Consultant Product Marketing Manager at Dell EMC

scaleioimage1In case you missed it, on September 15th we announced the Dell EMC ScaleIO Ready Node. This announcement highlights months of collaboration between Dell and EMC to combine the best of both worlds – Dell PowerEdge servers and Dell EMC ScaleIO. The ScaleIO Ready Node brings All-Flash capabilities to Software-Defined Storage to enable customers to transform their data centers, making the path to the modern data center easier with Dell EMC:

There are tons of specs and details about the ScaleIO Ready Node which I won’t rehash here. You can check out the data sheet, spec sheet, and FAQ to get all the details you need. What I’d like to highlight are two key points regarding this announcement:

  1. Bringing best of breed EMC software-defined storage and Dell server hardware together
  2. Optimizing All-Flash with SDS

The first point is really important. There’s a reason why Dell spent 500 gazillion dollars on EMC… oh, it was only $67 billion you say? Peanuts then! But seriously, there are obviously a lot of synergies and opportunities between Dell and EMC, and the ScaleIO Ready Node is one of the first examples. Dell builds best-of-breed servers with its PowerEdge line. EMC is a leader in software-defined storage (SDS), with ScaleIO as its block storage offering. And guess what? ScaleIO runs on x86-based industry standard servers! Bringing PowerEdge servers and ScaleIO together was a no-brainer. It’s like peanut butter and jelly. Or mac and cheese. Or even “peas and carrots”*.

But, it’s not as simple or straightforward as you think. A ton of thought and work went into the planning and R&D processes associated with the ScaleIO Ready Node. Yeah, we’ve loaded ScaleIO onto a variety of Dell PowerEdge servers. But it doesn’t stop there. We’ve introduced a system that is pre-configured, pre-validated, and optimized for running ScaleIO. Plus, it comes with “one throat to choke” for procurement and support: Dell EMC.

I can’t emphasize how important that is. When I talk to customers, they get SDS, they understand there can be significant 3-5-year TCO savings, and they absolutely love the performance, scalability, and flexibility of ScaleIO. But, when the rubber meets the road, a majority of customers are not going to buy ScaleIO software and then procure <insert your favorite brand> servers from another vendor (but if they do, I hear Dell has good stuff). So, we’ve simplified the process and enabled faster time-to market by using Dell EMC’s supply chain and services so customers can hit the ground running – while preserving the flexibility which is a huge differentiator for ScaleIO. See what two ScaleIO veterans have to say about this:

The second point is the formal introduction of ScaleIO into the All-Flash (AF) arena. Yeah I know, every product out there has AF capabilities, and yeah, flash is becoming commoditized, and yeah, you could run AF ScaleIO clusters before the ScaleIO Ready Node. Regardless, AF is the way of the future and one of the foundations of the modern data center. So, we’re combining two key foundations to transform your data center – All-Flash and Software-Defined Storage – into a single platform to make it much easier for customers to start their journey to the modern data center.

What’s important about the AF ScaleIO Ready Node is how we optimize flash with SDS. ScaleIO’s architecture is unique and is the key behind unlocking the power of AF. All of the SSD drives within the All-Flash ScaleIO Ready Node work in parallel, eliminating any and all bottlenecks. Each node scaleioimage2participates in IOPS and there’s no cache to get in the way – for reads or writes. The ability to take full advantage of the aggregate performance of all SSDs makes it possible for performance to scale linearly as you add more servers.

Customers have the ability to migrate Tier 1 and Tier 2 application workloads with high-performance requirements to All-Flash ScaleIO Ready Nodes without missing a beat! Check out Dell EMC’s All-Flash page for more details, and if you want to see some guy talking about the All-Flash ScaleIO Ready Node, click here.

We’re extremely excited about the release of the ScaleIO Ready Node. It’s awesome to be one of the first products to be released by Dell Technologies that highlights the synergies between Dell and EMC. With this collaboration, we’re able to bring peace of mind to customers and provide unique product capabilities now and in the future. Please visit the Dell EMC ScaleIO Ready Node page to learn more! #GoBigWinBig

*If you’ve never seen Forrest Gump, go watch it. Now!

The New Isilon All-Flash Scale-Out NAS: Revolutionary File Storage That’s All About the Software

David Noy

VP Product Management, Emerging Technologies Division at EMC

161001-isilon-bold_front_sm2The topic of flash in the data center is a hot one, and you may have your own views. But to truly get a handle on everything flash can do for you, it helps to understand what’s driving all the excitement. Because there’s more to it than you might realize.

Two things are going on. First, SSDs are replacing spinning disks, increasing reliability and lowering costs while density keeps climbing. Now you can get flash storage that has an 8x higher density than was possible not too long ago. Second, the ongoing data explosion causes storage requirements to nearly double every two years—and 80% of this new data is unstructured.

Increased performance demands from powerful, next-generation applications that use all this unstructured data mean that they too need flash technology. Billions of devices connected to the Internet of Things inundate companies of all sizes with unprecedented amounts of data to which they need fast, secure access. At the same time, innovation has expanded the term “mission-critical” in unforeseen ways. For example, in the media and entertainment sector, the need for lightning-quick access to data has grown enormously as changes in consumer behaviors drive changes in business models.

Now, with the introduction of Isilon All-Flash Scale-Out NAS, you have an unprecedented opportunity to take advantage of flash for all of your critical unstructured data workloads.

 

Going Beyond Performance

All-flash storage helps address the need for extreme performance. Unfortunately, most all-flash solutions available today are focused on support of block-based data applications, which represent just 20% of most businesses’ data. While some vendors have recently introduced all-flash NAS products, they’re typically early versions that lack the enterprise capabilities organizations need when it comes to data protection, security and management. The Dell EMC Isilon All-Flash solution is different. Very different.

What makes Isilon All-Flash truly unique isn’t hardware — the real difference is the software. Isilon All-Flash runs on the same Isilon OneFS operating system that today powers other Isilon platforms and is used successfully by thousands of organizations around the world. Now in its 8th-generation, Isilon OneFS, and its extensive enterprise capabilities, is the reason Isilon is recognized as the #1 scale-out NAS storage platform in the industry. Isilon All-Flash combines the extreme performance of flash with the massive scalability and other vital enterprise-grade capabilities that organizations need:

 

  • Extreme performance: To support your most demanding unstructured data workloads, Isilon All-Flash delivers up to 250,000 IOPS and 15 GB/s bandwidth per chassis, and a total cluster performance of up to 25M IOPS and 1.5 TB/s bandwidth.
  • Massive scalability: With Isilon All-Flash, you can scale storage capacity from 92 TB to 924 TB in a single 4U chassis, and up to 92.4 PB in a single Isilon cluster.
  • Operational flexibility: Because Isilon All-Flash is powered by the Isilon OneFS operating system with its extensive multi-protocol capabilities (including NFS, SMB, FTP, HDFS, REST, Swift, and HTTP), you can support a wide range of applications and workloads on a single platform.
  • Enterprise data protection: Unstructured data is critical to your business. Isilon All- Flash ensures its integrity and availability with up to N+4 redundancy as well as enterprise-grade backup and disaster recovery.
  • Robust security: Definitely don’t want to compromise here. Options include role-based access control (RBAC), secure access zones, SEC-compliant write once read many (WORM) data protection, file system auditing, and data encryption.
  • Unmatched efficiency: Isilon All-Flash delivers the lowest total cost of data. Storage utilization can exceed 80%, and SmartDedupe can increase effective capacity up to an additional 30%.

 

Better Economics with Automated Storage Tiering

Another distinct advantage of Isilon All-Flash is the ability to tier data automatically to the most appropriated storage resources. With Isilon SmartPools and CloudPools software, Isilon All-Flash storage solutions can take advantage of policy-based, automated storage tiering to move data automatically to lower-cost tiers—including a choice of cloud storage options—as data ages or becomes less valuable. This enables you to reduce capital expenses and optimize storage resources by reserving Isilon All-Flash storage for your most demanding applications.

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Start Your Transformation with Flash Technology for Unstructured Data

You know Dell EMC as the market leader in All-Flash storage and Isilon as the recognized leader in scale-out NAS. Now we’re providing you with the new Isilon All-Flash scale-out NAS storage platform that combines the extreme price/performance advantages of flash technology with the proven efficiency, flexibility and resiliency of Isilon OneFS, the #1 scale-out NAS storage platform in the industry.

Isilon All-Flash will be available in 2017. To receive updates on the launch, visit emc.com/isilon. To pre-order, call your Dell EMC representative today.

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