Dell Makes Ground-Breaking Leap Forward with Uniquely Adaptable, Future-Ready Storage Solutions
Dell today announced Storage Center Operating System 7, the culmination of a three-year effort to redefine the economics of enterprise storage with an innovative platform which embraces and helps accelerate the industry shift to modern, flash-based architectures.
Dell Storage Center Operating System 7 (SCOS 7) aggressively promotes the adoption of flash, elevates and abstracts data control through increased virtualization, and unifies Dell’s storage ecosystem across multiple portfolios. The release provides new intelligence and flexibility to help businesses "flash-forward," advancing their infrastructures to meet today’s needs and prepare for future challenges. SCOS 7 delivers industry-leading capabilities resulting in significant business benefits for customers including:
"Dell’s SC Series has always been an extremely progressive storage platform – and SCOS 7 is by far our most revolutionary software release to date," said Alan Atkinson, vice president and general manager, Dell Storage. "We designed the SC platform from the ground up to be future ready and this release takes flash, deduplication and system intelligence to the next level."
Disruptive storage economics, enhanced capabilities
Already the industry price leader on a cost-per-gigabit basis for effective flash capacity 1, Dell’s SC Series now offers all-flash tiers under $0.45/GB, and hard drive tiers under $0.10/GB net effective capacity.2 SCOS 7 makes leading-edge storage technology practical for more workloads, enabling a fundamental transformation of the data center by eliminating acquisition cost barriers for flash and lowering ongoing expense with simplified management and increased efficiency,
"We’ve looked at various solutions from many of the flash storage vendors listed in Gartner’s Solid State Array Magic Quadrant. We found the deduplication and thin provisioning features of the Dell Storage SCOS 7 to offer the best efficiency and performance. On top of that, it’s easier to use." – Samuel Nadeau, IT Director, Infrastructure and Cloud Services, SherWeb
"With the Dell Storage SC Series, we can sell to our customers based on the fact that our cloud is based on an all-flash array. Performance degradation is a thing of the past, and they’ll be able to get the IOPs their applications require." – Andrew Fisher, Director of Product Engineering, Expedient
"We saw a significant compression and data reduction ratio using the deduplication feature in Dell Storage SCOS 7, which is very good. Without deduplication I would be forced to buy more drives every 12 months. With it I will have enough available space to accommodate our customers’ projected growth for the next 18-24 months." – Hans de Jongh, Director/Owner, IT Creation
SCOS 7 will be delivered as a free firmware upgrade for SC Series customers with a current support contract. Most SCOS 7 features are available immediately on SC9000, with general availability across the SC Series portfolio planned for Q3, 2016. Dell PS Series customers who want to take advantage of the new PS and SC unified management and cross-platform replication capabilities can upgrade to the new PS 9.0 firmware, available this month at no charge with a current support contract. Licenses between PS and SC series do not transfer and a Replication license is needed for the SC Series.
2 Source: Dell internal analysis, March 2016. Net effective capacity after applying a 4:1 compression and deduplication ratio. Customer’s price may vary based on a variety of circumstances and data should be used for comparison purposes.
3 Source: Dell internal testing, March, 2016. Results may vary depending on application and configuration with typical results being between 3:1 and 4:1.
4 Initial version of web UI supports SC Series products only, PS Series support to be announced at a later date.
5 Source: Dell internal analysis (March 23, 2016) comparing against the top 5 other vendors.