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The Dell-EMC merger is barely a week old, and the combined company has already merged Dell servers into two EMC storage products.
Dell EMC today launched ScaleIO Ready Node, a software-defined block storage system that will ship on Dell PowerEdge x86 rack server. The flagship Dell EMC ScaleIO Nodes system is an all-flash configuration.
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ScaleIO among several Dell EMC 'Server SAN' products
ScaleIO software runs on server clusters to provide the benefits of a storage network. ScaleIO SANs require a minimum of three nodes, and Dell EMC claims it can scale to thousands of server nodes. Customers can also download ScaleIO software and run it on their servers of choice.
Jyothi Swaroop, Dell EMC head of product marketing for software defined storage, converged infrastructure, called the move to Dell PowerEdge servers "a natural progression."
EMC previously made ScaleIO available as part of a VxRack configuration on Quanta servers. Swaroop said Dell EMC will no longer sell the VxRack product but may add a new VxRack lineup with Dell servers.
The new ScaleIO Nodes can include hypervisors to run as hyper-converged systems. They support VMware vSphere, Microsoft Windows Servers 2012 and Hyper-V, KVM and OpenStack.
Jyothi Swaroophead of product marketing for software-defined storage, converged infrastructure, Dell EMC
Swaroop said ScaleIO is designed for much larger installations than VxRail. The target ScaleIO Nodes customer is a large cloud provider or telecom company looking to build a large storage installation based on commodity hardware.
"We're going after the whales," Swaroop said. "We're going after Fortune 500 companies. We're going after deals in the millions of dollars as opposed to just five-node or 10-node deployments at small to medium businesses. The key focus area for us is large-scale customers who want to start small and grow to thousands of nodes."
Dell EMC will install DSSD cards in PowerEdge boxes
Dell EMC rolled out its DSSD D5 flash with PowerEdge at the SAS Analytics Experience conference Monday. The DSSD D5 is a rack-scale server-based flash system designed for analytics and other extreme performance applications.
The DSSD integration with Dell servers isn't as deep as with ScaleIO Nodes. The goal is to make it easier to set up 2S/2U PowerEdge R730 servers with DSSD, which requires customers to use proprietary adapter cards with their servers. Dell EMC will factory install DSSD client cards with the PowerEdge servers to facilitate implementation.
Matt McDonough, senior director of product management and marketing for DSSD, said there are no plans for similar arrangements with other server vendors.
"Dell was a big focus because roughly 65% of our existing customer base was buying PowerEdge rack servers with DSSD," he said. "It was a natural fit."
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