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Software-defined storage

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Faster storage innovation, less administration

The storage your workloads want.

Many applications perform faster and more efficiently using software-defined storage (SDS), which separates storage software from storage hardware. With broad flexibility and creative innovation, SDS enables you to be future ready, allowing your workload requirements to drive your storage design.

The storage your workloads want

Some software-defined approaches tie you to proprietary software or inflexible architectures. Dell, on the other hand, lets you choose from a modern, diverse selection of SDS solutions, providing you the flexibility to deploy the right hardware and software for your specific application. This gives you enhanced asset control, adding new IT capabilities quickly with faster access to the latest software or hardware advancements.

Video: Innovate your data center with software-defined storage (0:30)

Define your own path.
Define your own path

There is no one-size-fits-all SDS 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 the out-of-the-box convenience of hyper-converged solutions that can be deployed in less than 15 minutes.*

Research brief: Easier management, reduced Opex drive growing SDS deployments

Innovate without the wait.


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 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

Integrate. Orchestrate. Accelerate.

Integrate. Orchestrate. Accelerate.

Dell SDS improves performance and responsiveness by moving functions out of the storage array and closer to compute. Automation tools and integration reduce administration complexity and free up time. 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 SDS solutions can support twice the number of users in 91 percent less space.*

Infographic: How much can you save on VDI with Dell XC Series?

Set yourself up for SDS success.

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 success. And having Dell as your single contact, with world-class services and global support, makes enterprise SDS much easier.

Infographic: Software-defined storage — Simplifying IT operations
∗ Dell and Nutanix Introduce a Converged VDI Application Appliance, David Floyer, November 17, 2014. http://wikibon.org/wiki/v/Dell_and_Nutanix_Introduce_a_Converged_VDI_Application_Appliance
∗∗ With Dell XC Series. Based on Nutanix testing, September 2014.