Setting a New Standard for Public Cloud Storage

Dell APEX block storage for public cloud delivers higher performance, linear scalability and more resilience for critical workloads.

Recently at Dell Technologies World we unveiled our latest advancements for multicloud environments. Despite the potential to unlock tremendous innovation, the siloed nature of multicloud environments and infrastructure present challenges, such as lack of control and visibility, unpredictable costs, fragmented management experiences, complex data mobility processes and inconsistent security and compliance measures.

To address these issues, last year Dell introduced Project Alpine, an initiative aimed at bringing the unique software capabilities of our leading storage platforms to major public clouds. This year, Dell is delivering on the promise of Project Alpine with the launch of Dell APEX Storage for Public Cloud. This new portfolio of software-defined, customer-managed storage solutions brings Dell’s enterprise-class performance, scalability and cyber resilience to major hyperscalers, complemented by centralized management tools within the Dell APEX Console.

Enterprise-Class Block Storage in the Cloud

Many IT organizations have mission-critical workloads that require enterprise-class block storage, including large databases and containerized database workloads, analytics workloads or multiple container deployments. Dell APEX Block Storage for AWS and Microsoft Azure enables these workloads to be deployed in the public cloud. Dell APEX block storage is based on Dell PowerFlex software, a scale-out software-defined block storage offering that has a proven track record of delivering exceptional performance, scalability and flexibility for demanding workloads in on-premises environments. Offering the ability to leverage enterprise storage features like thin provisioning make it more cost-effective to use block-based storage in the public cloud. Now, we’re extending those benefits to deliver higher performance, larger volume sizes and improved resilience than what is currently available with public cloud storage today.

Extreme Performance and Scalability

Dell APEX block storage has a scale-out software-defined architecture that enables extreme performance by aggregating the data access across the cluster to deliver large IOPs.​ The cluster can be rapidly expanded to increase both performance and capacity while maintaining low latency. Each additional node added to the cluster will increase the total IOPs to meet even the most demanding performance requirements, with the ability to scale up to 512 instances (nodes) in a single deployment providing millions of IOPs, and a usable capacity of 4 PB, to address the needs of workloads that require high throughput and access to lots of data. In fact, Dell APEX Block Storage for AWS offers the world’s most scalable cloud block storage service available in the market today.

Flexible Deployments

Organizations can optimize for both cost and performance with Dell APEX Block Storage for Public Cloud. During deployment, users can choose between placing their data on shared managed disks (Elastic Block Storage) or on native attached NVMe SSD drives (EC2 Instance Store) for more optimal performance workloads. Dell APEX Block Storage for AWS and Azure is the only third-party cloud block storage provider that gives you the choice of these two options. And Dell’s internal performance testing has shown significant advantages in terms of throughput, with the EC2 Instance Store option delivering up to six times the transactions per minute (TPM) compared to the shared disk deployment. By offering these choices, businesses are enabled to tailor their configurations based on specific cost and performance requirements.

Seamless Data Mobility

Dell APEX Block Storage for Public Cloud facilitates seamless data mobility using snapshots and native replication. Organizations can easily migrate their data from on-premises to the public cloud and establish warm standby copies in different regions for regional disaster recovery protection. Furthermore, customers can leverage Dell’s backup and restore offerings to object storage, such as S3 on AWS, to enhance data protection for their mission-critical workloads.

Enhanced Resilience

The unique architecture significantly increases resiliency by distributing data across multiple availability zones (AZs) in the public cloud. By leveraging fault sets mapped across three AZs, Dell APEX Block Storage for Public Cloud protects against the loss of data access in case of an AZ becoming unavailable. This resilience is achieved without impact on performance or throughput by eliminating unnecessary data replication or additional copies.

Cost Optimization and Savings

Best of all, Dell APEX block storage offers a cost-effective alternative compared to other cloud-based offerings. Internal analysis reveals that at 500 TB usable capacity, Dell APEX Block Storage for AWS can deliver three times (300%) more IOPs per dollar compared to the native AWS Ultra disk (EBS io2). This translates to significant cost savings while still enjoying enterprise-class block storage in the public cloud. Additionally, customers can apply their pre-committed cloud spend to cover the public cloud infrastructure fees.  It’s a win-win.

To find out more about Dell APEX Block Storage for AWS and Dell APEX Block Storage for Microsoft Azure, go to our Dell APEX Public Cloud Storage page or reach out to your Dell sales team.

About the Author: Shannon Champion

Shannon leads Product Marketing for Dell Technologies’ leading and comprehensive portfolio of primary storage, HCI, and CI offerings. Shannon joined Dell EMC in 2014, helped launch the first EMC hyper-converged solution in that year, and has been part of the hyperconverged marketing team since then. As a marketing and sales enablement expert, Shannon has more than 20 years of experience in several cross-functional and management roles within IT including product marketing, business development, manufacturing and quality with both direct manufacturers and channel partners. Before joining EMC, Shannon led Cisco product management and marketing for a national channel partner, PC Connection; was a product marketing manager and quality engineer for the IBM/Lenovo PC Division; and worked as a manufacturing process engineer for IBM’s microelectronics division. Shannon received her M.B.A. from Kenan-Flagler School of Business in North Carolina, and her M.S. and B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Rochester in upstate NY. Dell Technologies helps organizations and individuals build their digital future and transform how they work, live and play. The company provides customers with the industry’s broadest and most innovative technology and services portfolio for the data era. Our industry-leading converged infrastructure, servers, storage and data protection technologies enables organizations to modernize, automate, and transform their data center.