Dell Technologies Helps Customers Save Energy, Accelerate Cyber Resiliency with PowerMax Storage Innovation

Dell PowerMax delivers enhanced data reduction, a real-time power consumption dashboard, and industry-leading AI-driven cybersecurity

Dell Technologies announced  on October 18, 2023, the latest enhancements to Dell PowerMax, its modern high-density storage for mission-critical workloads. The PowerMaxOS 10.1 release advances Dell’s software-driven innovation just six short months after its most recent Dell PowerMax version. The updated software makes it easier for organisations to improve storage efficiency and strengthen cybersecurity while providing the flexibility to seamlessly scale capacity and performance to keep pace with new business demands.

“With cyber threats becoming increasingly sophisticated, our customers in the region are looking for software solutions with the highest levels of cybersecurity,” said Danny Elmarji, vice president of presales, Dell Technologies, Asia Pacific and Japan. “The PowerMax 10.1 release will significantly bolster cyber resilience while delivering improvements in performance, storage density, and data reduction.”

Delivering Breakthrough Storage Efficiency

Organisations continue to focus on reducing their carbon footprint, improving energy efficiency to cut operating costs, and lowering the overall environmental impact of their storage infrastructure. This release helps customers build a more energy-efficient, sustainable data centre by:

  • Delivering real-time power, environmental monitoring, and alerting based on usage. The power consumption for all components in a rack is monitored for voltage, current, and frequency, as is the temperature and humidity of the rack, enabling organisations to make highly informed decisions to optimise energy usage.
  • Introducing dynamic data mobility, enabling relocation of workloads to different arrays, and maximising resources.
  • Improving data deduplication and compression technology with a new 5:1 data reduction guarantee for open systems.1
  • Delivering up to 2.8 times more performance per watt2, which can provide up to $207K in electricity cost savings3, and up to an 82% reduction in greenhouse gases.4

“Thanks to PowerMax, we’ve managed to streamline our rack space, reducing it by around 60% and consequently slashed our heating and cooling expenses and carbon footprint,” said Feisal Anooar, Global Head of Data Storage for Wholesale Banking, TD Securities, Inc.

Cyber Resiliency Enhancements Accelerate Zero Trust Adoption

Traditional IT infrastructure security models built on “inherent trust” no longer work. Zero Trust (which assumes no inherent trust in users, devices or networks and therefore requires continuous authentication and verification) is now mandatory. Data centres are rapidly adopting a Zero Trust approach and are pivoting to storage that secures critical data and minimises the risks of cyberattacks.

Dell Technologies is unmatched in providing a combination of cyber intrusion detection, snapshot immutability, and cyber vaults for air-gapped isolation and faster recovery.

The latest version of Dell PowerMax takes cyber resiliency to the next level, reducing organisations’ attack surfaces, detecting potential intrusions, and expediting the ability to recover from an attack. This release adds:

  • Federal Approved Products List certified/STIG-hardening that meets stringent U.S. Department of Defense guidelines to reduce the attack surface.
  • Transport Layer Security (TLS) version 1.3, the latest and most secure version, offers stronger encryption algorithms to reduce the risk of eavesdropping and data breaches.
  • Cyber Intrusion Detection for z Systems (zCID), the industry’s first5 mainframe storage-based intrusion detection. It monitors z/OS workloads to identify normal variations and build user-customisable rules that issue alerts if an intrusion is detected.
  • Advanced anomaly detection of I/O patterns for improved ransomware and malware monitoring, detection, and alerting to identify possible cyberattacks.
  • Ignition Key Support, a new data-at-rest capability leveraging external key managers to protect against physical theft of the array.
  • Data Sanitiser, which uses a NIST-compliant process that erases all data prior to decommissioning an array.

More Automation to Keep Pace with Innovation

Technology continues to evolve rapidly, and to keep pace, IT administrators must automate provisioning and administrative tasks. Dell PowerMax systems are designed with intelligent automation, advanced AIOps, DevOps, and containers to streamline operations and eliminate redundancy.

New AI-driven autonomous health checks in Dell PowerMax harness the power of predictive analytics to proactively pinpoint potential optimisation. By scrutinising intricate data patterns with an integrated machine-learning engine, the tool identifies opportunities to enhance efficiency and suggests actions to elevate performance while eliminating cumbersome management intervention. AI-driven autonomous health checks harness the power of predictive analytics to proactively pinpoint potential storage optimisation.

Dell’s CloudIQ AIOps leverages these new operational, energy, and security enhancements to provide forecasting, notification, recommendations, and (most importantly) corrective actions to Dell PowerMax users regarding predictive capacity, performance, configuration and (of course) security. Together, PowerMaxOS 10.1 plus CloudIQ improve productivity and storage efficiency while reducing risk.

Additionally, automated storage provisioning is accomplished with REST APIs, saving considerable time and effort. And a software-defined NVMe/TCP utility for storage resource automation can reduce the time to set up NVMe/TCP resources by up to 44%6.

Start Benefitting from Smarter, More Efficient, and Secure Enterprise Storage

This announcement of breakthrough efficiency and cyber resiliency improvements once again advances the world’s most secure mission-critical storagehelping make it more economical for organisations to securely grow new opportunities.

Dell PowerMax can help organisations stay ahead of the digital transformation game by providing enhanced data reduction, a real-time power consumption dashboard, and industry-leading AI-driven cyber security.

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Footnotes

1 Based on Dell‘s Future-Proof program that offers 5:1 data reduction guarantee based on PowerMax data reduction tools (dedupe and data compression) for open systems storage, August 2023.

2 Based on Dell’s internal testing comparing IOPS per watt for PowerMax 2500 compared with PowerMax 2000 using the 8K random writes workload, August 2023. Performance per watt will vary.

3 Based on Dell’s internal analysis of total electricity cost savings over 5 years operating PowerMax 2500 at 8PBe (5kW) versus 6 PowerMax 2000s at 8PBe (27.5kW) using $.21 per kWh (U.S. EIA April 2023 report, California Commercial rate). July 2023.

4 Based on Dell’s internal analysis of total CO2 emissions over 5 years for PowerMax 2500 at 8PBe (5kW) versus 6 PowerMax 2000s at 8PBe (27.5kW). July 2023.

5 Based on Dell’s internal analysis comparing PowerMax 2500/8500 cyber detection for mainframe storage to mainstream mainframe competitors. August 2023.

6 Based on analysis comparing NVMe/TCP resource configuration with SFSS software compared to iSCSI configuration, April 2023. actual performance will vary.

7 Based on Dell’s internal analysis of cybersecurity capabilities of Dell PowerMax versus cybersecurity capabilities of competitive mainstream arrays supporting open systems and mainframe storage, April 2023.