Hopkinton, MA. - October 11, 2016 -
Dell EMC today announced the launch of new products designed to help bring enterprise-class All-Flash storage to a broader set of customers. Building on the proven performance and reliability of the VMAX® family, the new Dell EMC™ VMAX 250F delivers an enterprise-class all-flash array with game-changing economics. Dell EMC is delivering improved storage economics across its entire VMAX All Flash array portfolio with its latest HYPERMAX operating system update, which now includes inline compression to increase storage efficiency. Dell EMC also introduced the new Dell EMC VPLEX® for All-Flash platform, that is inclusive of the software and capacity licenses required to provide the continuous availability and non-disruptive data mobility of the latest VPLEX VS6 platform to the modern all-flash datacenter.
The VMAX 250F leverages Dell EMC’s experience of developing enterprise-scale VMAX All Flash arrays to deliver a high performance system that meets the specifications of organizations with enterprise-class standards and midmarket budgets.
The VMAX 250F is:
“The VMAX platform is known for and relied upon for mission-critical applications by companies worldwide,” said Fidelma Russo, SVP & GM, enterprise storage and software, Dell EMC. “Recognizing that application requirements vary in scale from very large to mid-size, we designed the VMAX 250F to bring the VMAX brand and proven reliability to a broader set of customers. And, with the introduction of the updated Dell EMC HYPERMAX operating system, the entire VMAX All Flash family will enjoy the benefits of inline compression and non-disruptive migration.”
Like the entire VMAX family of AFAs, the VMAX 250F will benefit from the release of the new HYPERMAX operating system. HYPERMAX delivers:
The launch of the new HYPERMAX software coincides with a new OpenStack Newton Cinder release for VMAX. This underscores Dell EMC’s commitment to the OpenStack storage community, and extends VMAX’s capabilities in the all-flash market
The new VS6 platform of VPLEX, Dell EMC’s flagship solution for continuous availability and non-disruptive data mobility, takes a performance leap to meet the needs of All-Flash environments. VPLEX VS6 delivers twice the performance at one-third the latency and provides much greater scale than previous generations. VPLEX VS6 is optimized for flash with UNMAP support for thin provisioning, XCOPY support and Integrated Copy Data Management (iCDM) support across active-active datacenters.
Dell EMC is also introducing a new all-inclusive VPLEX solution exclusively for Dell EMC All-Flash arrays: VPLEX for All-Flash. With VPLEX For All-Flash, the software license is tied to a VPLEX engine without any limitations on the capacity or the number of Dell EMC flash arrays protected, making it a very cost effective option for customers to extend VPLEX capabilities to their growing all-flash workloads. Thanks to its scale-out architecture, customers can non-disruptively add additional VPLEX engines to support the performance requirements of multiple All-Flash systems.
The new VS6 platform and VPLEX For All-Flash solution have been designed to enable customers to modernize their datacenters with continuous availability and non-disruptive data mobility. VPLEX adds seven-nines availability to mission-critical workloads for performance intensive all-flash systems.
Dell EMC has made a full suite of services available to help customers accelerate the value of their VMAX 250F and VPLEX for All Flash investments. In addition to expert deployment services Dell EMC offers Intelligent Data Mobility migration services that, when combined with the Non-Disruptive Migration capability of HYPERMAX, can reduce data migration time and expense by up to 65%. Customers can also take advantage of Dell EMC’s award-winning proactive, predictive Customer Service, which not only provides support throughout the product lifecycle but also offers access to innovative capabilities such as MyService360, which delivers personalized visualization on the health and wellness of your Dell EMC environment.
Uli Betzler, storage architect, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
“We’ve been Dell EMC customers for a long time and use products from across its portfolio of storage solutions. Dell EMC VMAX 250F takes up an important place in that portfolio for us. As a research institute, not all of our workloads are enormous, but they are all critical. So, while we need the performance and reliability of a VMAX for all of our arrays, we didn’t need the scale of a VMAX for every one. The VMAX 250F will allow us to access the proven capabilities of the VMAX family in a new range of environments where the economics now really work.”
Ned Jones, IT director, RC Willey
“Our business goal is to deliver exceptional selection, value, superior service and professional associates that really care about our customers. Maintaining and managing customer data is key to our ability to meet those goals so we are constantly handling greater and greater volumes of information. Dell EMC’s new version of HYPERMAX makes it simple for us to update our data center to take advantage of flash, it also introduces incredible levels of inline compression. That means we can keep growing the volumes of data that drives benefits for our customers, without needing more space, more power or more costs.”
Mark Peters, practice director and senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group
“The market for All-Flash arrays continues to grow – in both established and emerging sectors. But ‘All-Flash’ per se is ceasing to be a differentiator between vendors as software, application integration and proven capabilities instead become the critical decision factors. This translates into prospective customers that are demanding more concrete evidence from vendors to know not just how much a terabyte of storage is going to cost them, but if a specific storage system matches their precise needs. Vendors have the greatest likelihood of succeeding in the evolving flash storage market if they have a portfolio of flash solutions where economic needs can be balanced against storage volume and functional prerequisites in order to find the right fit for each customer’s needs.”
Sachin Gupta, vice president, data center and enterprise switching, Cisco
"Cisco and Dell EMC are committed to delivering solutions that offer extreme levels of performance, scale and availability. Dell EMC’s announcement of the VMAX 250F expands the VMAX All Flash portfolio from high-end enterprise to a new group of customers. Cisco MDS 9000 Storage Networking platform offers a combination of performance, non-stop operations, investment protection and flexibility which is the perfect complement to the VMAX 250F enabling organizations to modernize and transform their data center."
Scott Miller, director, data center, WWT
“The question our customers face is no longer ‘Flash or spinning?’ but ‘Which flash?’ Dell EMC’s flash portfolio approach means that there’s a flash solution to match every use case. The launch of the VMAX 250F hits a sweet spot for organizations that require enterprise-class features at an affordable price point. WWT is proud to showcase the VMAX 250F array in our Advanced Technology Center’s Flash Lab. Dell EMC’s new HYPERMAX software for VMAX not only simplifies the process of migrating customers to an All-Flash environment, but it also significantly reduces the required storage capacity thanks to inline compression. This, in turn, delivers performance benefits and can save our customers money.”
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