Dell software-defined storage (SDS) solutions

Dell software-defined storage (SDS) solutions

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The storage your workloads want.

Many software-defined approaches are limiting—still tying you to proprietary software or forcing you into a single solution for every situation. Dell software-defined storage (SDS) truly separates storage software and hardware so you can: 

  • Pick the right hardware and software for you with our industry-standard open approach
  • Add new IT capabilities quickly with faster access to the latest software or hardware advancements
  • Reduce risk and save time with a single contact for services and support

Dell has one of the broadest and most modern storage portfolios and wide-ranging partner ecosystems in the industry. Our diverse selection of software-defined storage solutions lets your workload drive your configuration and gives you the flexibility to be future ready.

What to expect

Meet the demands of ever-changing workload requirements and business needs with more flexibility and less complexity. Optimize storage for legacy, modern and tomorrow’s workloads with an easy, fast approach that combines intelligent storage software with open-standard hardware.
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Hyper-converge with VMware Virtual SAN from Dell.

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Hyper-converge with VMware Virtual SAN from Dell
Streamline your software-defined data center with Dell solutions for VMware® Virtual SAN. Expand on demand and manage it all from one interface. Learn More

Workload-defined storage
Workload-defined storage.

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Workload-defined storage.


Accelerate IT capabilities and innovate faster with a flexible software-defined storage solution that’s tailored to your workloads.

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Define your own path.


There is no one-size-fits-all software-defined storage solution. So we partnered with leading storage software providers and jointly engineered agile, open solutions that preserve current investment and add future flexibility. Choose what is best for you, from pre-validated reference architectures that remove risk, to hyperscale solutions that can be deployed in less than 30 minutes.*

Research brief: Easier management, reduced OPEX lead more teams to adopt software-defined storage

*Dell and Nutanix Introduce a Converged VDI Application Appliance, David Floyer, November 17, 2014. For full article, click here.

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Innovate without the wait.

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Innovate without the wait.


Software defined is probably one of several innovations on your storage roadmap. Our truly software-defined platforms let you—not your next hardware refresh cycle—decide when to add the latest hardware and software innovations your organization demands. Evolve when you’re ready. For example, the Dell XC Series and Dell Engineered Solutions for EVO:RAIL, powered by Intel® Xeon® processors, let you add new features when they’re available, and new nodes in less than a minute.**

Report: Reduce complexity and save money with Dell Engineered Solutions for VMware EVO:RAIL

Product details: Dell XC Web-scale Converged Appliance

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**For Dell XC Series, based on Nutanix testing, September 2014. For Dell Engineered Solutions for VMware EVO:RAIL, based on Principled Technologies Report, commissioned by Dell, "Reduce complexity and save money with Dell Engineered Solutions for VMware EVO:RAIL" – April 2015. For full article, click here.

Integrate. Orchestrate. Accelerate
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Integrate. Orchestrate. Accelerate.


Dell SDS moves functions out of the individual storage array and places them closer to compute—improving performance and increasing responsiveness. New API-based automation tools shift IT staff time away from administration to more strategic work. Integration features extend administration reach beyond a typical storage array while reducing complexity. The end result? VDI that’s up to 6x faster to implement and saves you up to 27 percent.* Compared to traditional storage approaches for VDI, Dell’s SDS solutions can support twice the number of users in 91 percent less space.***

Infographic: Save up to $93k on VDI with Dell XC Series powered by Nutanix

Wikibon report: Dell and Nutanix Introduce a Converged VDI Application Appliance

Test report: Get twice the VDI performance

*Dell and Nutanix Introduce a Converged VDI Application Appliance, David Floyer, November 17, 2014. For full article, click here.

***Get twice the VDI performance, Principled Technologies, April 17, 2015. For full article, click here.

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Set yourself up for SDS success.


While the promise of SDS is “any software, any hardware,” the reality is far more complicated. Solutions based on “white box” hardware often fall short of expectations. Deploying SDS on tried-and-tested enterprise-class hardware with the appropriate configurations can significantly improve your outcomes. For instance, a VDI solution with Dell PowerEdge FX using VMware Virtual SAN 6.0 can allow you to support more users, reclaim valuable rack space and gain enormous flexibility in storage that is easier to set up, manage and use than traditional storage arrays.*** And having Dell as your single contact, with world-class services and global support, makes enterprise SDS that much simpler.

Infographic: Simplify IT operations and lower infrastructure TCO

***Get twice the VDI performance, Principled Technologies, April 17, 2015. For full article, click here.

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