Introducing the All-Flash Dell ScaleIO Ready Node:  Transforming Your Data Center Just Became Easier

Today marks an exciting day for Software-Defined Storage (SDS) and all-flash customers. Today, we unveil Dell ScaleIO Ready Node powered by Intel® Xeon® processors, comprised of modern Dell PowerEdge Servers pre-qualified and pre-configured to run ScaleIO Software to provide a software defined, all-flash storage foundation for your modern data center – there is no need for a separate SAN network or array.

Lessons learned from web-scale deployments about hardware simplicity, pervasive virtualization, provisioning and management commonality, and containerization are paving the way for widespread adoption of software-defined storage in an effort to modernize the data center.

The Dell PowerEdge server configurations have been tuned and optimized to run ScaleIO, ensuring enterprise customers attain the premier levels of performance possible with this hardware configuration. Dell PowerEdge Servers also provide the proven reliability and manageability necessary to be the foundation of an enterprise class SDS solution. Key features include:

Next-Generation ScaleIO Ready Node Hardware—Key Facts:

  • Based on 13th Generation Dell PowerEdge servers
  • Proven enterprise class reliability and manageability
  • Utilizing the latest generation Intel’s Broadwell Processors
  • Configurations tuned and optimized for ScaleIO
  • Designed for hyper-converged or storage-only environments

All-Flash Configurations

  • Choice of high-density and high-capacity All-Flash configurations for mission critical applications

Enhanced Caching Layer

  • Integration with SanDisk DAS Cache making the most actively used data readily accessible on HDD configurations

Broadest Operating System and Hypervisor Compatibility

  • Tested and supported for use with VMware ESX, Linux and Windows Server (Hyper-V)

World Class Support

  • A single vendor, world-class support model for both the hardware and software

Our interactions with customers have shown that customers are looking for a purpose-built solution to support their mission-critical application workloads delivering scale, performance, elasticity and resiliency. This solution should offer flexibility of choice when it comes to deployment models, configurations and broad support for operating systems and hypervisors. This solution also should be pre-configured, qualified and supported by a single vendor.


The All-Flash Dell ScaleIO Ready Node fits the bill. Customers may start with as few as three nodes and scale out seamlessly and non-disruptively to over one thousand nodes, making it the perfect foundation for private cloud infrastructures. Enterprise customers can reap the benefits of deployment simplicity, cost containment, high performance and operational ease.

Historically, having server-based flash led to poor resource utilization because performance and capacity were only supporting local applications. Today, with the power of software defined storage in ScaleIO Ready Nodes, the ability to abstract, pool, and automate storage devices across a multitude of servers, and in turn allocate as little or as much performance and capacity as needed to individual applications, is just as easy as allocating compute and memory resources in a virtualized environment.

A decade ago, hypervisor technology vastly improved the operational simplicity and flexibility of compute resources, making it efficient to allocate the right amount of CPU and memory from a common pool, and to maintain and update that pool over time.  ScaleIO and ScaleIO Ready Nodes deliver that same operational simplicity, and that same ability to efficiently pool and allocate resources to the world of storage – all under software control.  The result is an increasingly efficient data center.  One that is easier to build, easier to maintain, completely flexible, and insanely powerful.  The promise of the private cloud is being delivered.

Learn more about ScaleIO Ready Node, available today. Follow @DellScaleIO on Twitter, or try ScaleIO software – for free.

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