Object storage is the intelligent evolution of disk storage — creating, storing and distributing variable-sized data objects, and their associated metadata, rather than simply placing blocks of data on tracks and sectors. Each object has its rich metadata inextricably linked to it, enabling long-term preservation while ensuring data remains safe and accessible over time.
A flat-address-space design removes file-system complexity and the need to manage logical unit numbers (LUNs) and RAID groups.
Automated management, serial ATA- (SATA) and near-line SAS based storage and a modular scaling approach result in low total cost of ownership.
By incorporating metadata into objects, object-based storage enables you to apply preservation, retention and deletion policies — thereby reducing lower management resources — and to facilitate enhanced discovery.
An extremely large number of available addresses means a common storage pool can support literally billions of objects.
Information is only valuable when it can be accessed, but keeping it readily available can be cumbersome and expensive. With the Dell DX Object Storage Platform, you can streamline data management while easily expanding capacity.
Object-based and metadata-aware disk storage lets you identify and retrieve information quickly; better leverage your data for decision-making; automatically manage that data from creation through deletion; and minimize your dependence on complex and sometimes unreliable tape storage.
You can reduce your storage footprint and improve storage utilization and optimization with the DX6000G Storage Compression Node (SCN). This feature can transmit compressed or decompressed data, using policies to intelligently move archived objects based on your need for high compression or fast rehydration.
The Dell DX Object Storage Platform is also supported by a large and ever-growing number of independent software vendors (ISVs) who can help maximize your investment with a common object-storage pool for multiple applications.
Dell is developing integrations with partners in areas such as medical archiving, file, email and SharePoint archiving, as well as eDiscovery, enterprise content management and cloud storage spaces. Information for ISV partners who would like to be a part of this program can be found here.
Dell DX Object Storage Platform offers several configurations to meet current and future customer needs:
| DX6000 ||DX6000 Cluster Services Node provides content routing, network and replicator services for the DX solution.|
|DX60004S||4-drive DX storage node|
| DX6012S||12-drive DX storage node|
|DX6000G SCN||DX6000G Storage Compression Node (SCN) provides object compression (optional)|
DX6000G Storage Compression Node (SCN) Optional Component
As part of the DX6000 and DX6004S or DX6012S configuration you will be able to maximize your storage capacity through object compression (see Diagram 1). In addition, lifepoint policies automatically move data between two compression modes to meet the need for high compression or fast rehydration
Dell DX Object Storage Platform configuration with DX6000G SCN (Diagram 1)
DX6000 Cluster Services Node
DX6012S or DX6004S
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