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Transform your infrastructure with Dell EMC Software-Defined Storage. Automate the deployment of IT services, optimize IT operations, and reduce TCO. Explore a whole new way to look at storage. Dell EMC Software Defined Storage is a pervasive approach to IT Transformation. Current storage systems are not equipped for the growing needs of your data. An IDC study confirms the Dell EMC Software-Defined Storage portfolio that provides the enterprise-grade agility to support your digital business demands. Dell EMC has the broadest network storage portfolio which is elastic scale-out with in-place analytics and cloud-connected. Isilon — enterprise scale-out NAS file storage is elastic cloud storage — geo-federated cloud-scale object storage. Enterprise quality optimizes IT agility and delivers continuous value. Stability and availability optimizes IT agility. Enterprise-class Dell EMC Software-Defined Storage delivers continuous value and Dell EMC features vendor neutral OpenStack and industry standard APIs.

Dell EMC Software-Defined Storage offers accessibility that meets your needs now and in the future. With software-defined storage, enterprises can create giant geo-distributed pools of storage that grow as large as necessary with very little effort on the part of IT and its users. The economic benefits are unprecedented, too, as commodity-based platforms increasingly provide the foundation for next-generation storage, replacing more costly purpose-built storage arrays. Elastic scale-out and multi-protocol are key capabilities for new storage systems designed for software-defined, but what about my existing storage estate? Is software-defined applicable to environment? The answer is yes, but in a different way. Rather than solving problems by introducing a new storage infrastructure, the final element of a software-defined storage ecosystem solves problems through management and automation capabilities that, to an extent, allow you to manage a traditional storage environment as if it were software-defined.

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Learn which software-defined storage deployment option is best for you and your business needs. Dell EMC Software-Defined Storage offers storage solutions no matter your choice. Software-defined storage offers elasticity, scale, and simplicity — with no compromises In an age when more data — and more kinds of data — is being generated than ever before, Dell EMC Software-Defined Storage gives enterprises a path to effectively address this explosive growth. Of course, as marketing machines have engaged in force the last several years it has become increasingly difficult to understand what, exactly, is meant by Software-Defined Storage. So in order to better understand how Dell EMC Software-Defined Storage can help, let’s define the term in more detail. Geo-replication and global data protection optimizes storage efficiency while maintaining fast, reliable global access to data, providing full protection in the event of a total site failure. Applications maintain functionality and the system continues to deliver full read and write access from any global location.

Elasticity, Scale, And Simplicity

When we talk about elastic scale-out, we are referring to the ability to incrementally add capacity to a storage system simply by adding more commodity nodes. As demand increases, such an elastic storage system will grow to meet changing demands. Contrast this with traditional storage arrays which, when the limit of a single system is reached, require you to add more systems each of which is managed independently. This then introduces management complexity such as having to migrate data between systems or having to develop complex provisioning logic to determine on which system to place new workloads. The scale-out approach of elastically expanding one logical system is a simpler way to address rapid data growth. While elastic scale-out gives a mechanism to store more quantities of data, multi-protocol access addresses the issue of storing more kinds of data — and to efficiently access that data in-place from applications. A multi-protocol storage system is one that provides access to the same data through one or more protocol interfaces.

It’s Not Just About Software

Traditional storage arrays have always embedded sophisticated software stacks. And storage managers have always used software to perform management tasks like moving files and provisioning volumes. Furthermore, extracting software from a traditional array and re-packaging it as a software product does not mean you have software-defined storage. The fundamental concept behind Dell EMC Software-Defined Storage is the intelligent application of distributed computing techniques to the design of storage systems. If you combine the power of distributed computing with the use of commodity hardware plus innovative storage optimizations for space efficiency, performance efficiency, manageability, and scale, then you have the essential ingredients necessary to cost-effectively manage explosive data growth: (1) elastic, scale-out, software storage systems designed to run on commodity hardware, (2) with in-place, multi-protocol data access, (3) with built-in geo replication mechanisms, and (4) all wrapped in a simplified and far more scalable management experience.
Dell EMC software-defined storage

Every Avamar backup is a full backup, which makes it easy for you to browse, point, and click for a single-step recovery. Avamar provides fast, reliable NAS system backup and recovery via the Avamar NDMP Accelerator node. With this approach, a Level-0 backup is performed only once, during the initial full backup. Subsequent daily full backups are achieved by requesting only Level-1 incremental dumps, and building them into a daily full backup view. This dramatically reduces backup times and the impact on NAS resources, and allows an easier and faster recovery.

Avamar eliminates backup bottlenecks and provides the freedom to consolidate storage and optimize NAS systems — without limiting the number and size of files or volumes — to meet the backup window. With automated multi streaming, Avamar can protect large-scale out NAS systems, including Isilon, by delivering increased throughput to protection storage. Avamar’s Fast Incremental architecture provides an efficient solution to protect High Density File Systems (HDFS).

Current storage systems are not equipped for the growing needs of your data. An IDC study confirms Dell EMC offers the broadest software-defined storage portfolio, powered by Intel Xeon processors, that provides the enterprise-grade agility to support your digital business demands. Software-defined storage offers elasticity, scale, and simplicity — with no compromises. The cost to store, manage and analyze billions or trillions of data objects just isn’t feasible using traditional storage, given the cost of constantly having to make new hardware investments to keep up with growing data stores. By decoupling software from hardware, software-defined storage makes it possible to simply acquire low-cost commodity hardware instead — reducing the cost of acquiring storage by as much as 50%.

To do data analysis in a traditional storage environment, you have to make multiple copies of data or coalesce it from multiple sources. That’s inherently slow, inefficient and unsuited to the amount and variety of IoT-generated data. But software defined cloud storage introduces the concept of a geo-distributed data lake, with the protocolsin place to accept a variety of data on the front end and to perform analytics-in-place wherever edge-device data is collected for rapid — even real-time — data analysis. It also enables analytics at the core on archival data for visibility into ever-increasing data sets.

Current storage systems are not equipped for the growing needs of your data. An IDC study confirms Dell EMC offers the broadest software-defined storage portfolio that provides the enterprise-grade agility to support your digital business demands. Better security — secures the mission critical workloads by implementing dynamic security policies. Improves network productivity — ensures effective load balancing, better content delivery and improves the network uptime. Reduces cost — lowers CAPEX cost by minimizing the need for hardware devices such as routers & switches. Lowers OPEX costs due to massive improvement in network management.

The policy based automation aspect of SDN also allows the network to expand into large number of nodes. Dell EMC has the broadest network storage portfolio — elastic scale-out, in-place analytics, and cloud-connected. Scale-IO — enterprise scale-out server SAN block storage, Isilon — enterprise scale-out NAS file storage. Elastic Cloud Storage — geo-federated cloud-scale object storage out In-place analytics, cloud-connected.

Accelerate your enterprise data lake and enable the most demanding workloads with Isilon All-Flash storage systems. Deliver blazing performance for unstructured data while you benefit from the efficiency, flexibility, and resiliency of Isilon. Isilon all flash introduces a revolutionary, highly dense design with 4 Isilon storage nodes in a 4U chassis. Select from configurations that provide 96 TB to 924 TB of capacity per chassis. Easily expand your Isilon with up to 100 chassis in one cluster, with cluster performance totaling up to 25 million IOPS and 1.5 TB per second bandwidth.

Brings all flash performance to unstructured data workloads. Delivers massive scalability up to 924 TB capacity in a single cluster. Supports up to 250,000 IOPS and 15 GB/second bandwidth per chassis. Offers robust data protection and security options. Maximizes efficiency with 80% storage utilization, data deduplication, and storage tiering. Automated storage tiering integrates storage at the core with available cloud services from a choice of providers. You can now get the performance you need to meet tight backup windows and support critical applications and workloads.

With software-defined storage, enterprises can create giant geo-distributed pools of storage that grow as large as necessary with very little effort on the part of IT and its users. The economic benefits are unprecedented, too, as commodity-based platforms increasingly provide the foundation for next generation storage, replacing more costly purpose-built storage arrays.

And it all starts with understanding what we mean when we talk about software-defined storage — it’s an approach to storage system design using the principles of distributed computing that delivers elastic, scale-out, multi-protocol, and geo-distributed capabilities all with a simplified management experience. This is how we will all store more data, and more kinds of data, than we have ever done before.

Not all VVols storage support is created equal. While VMware Virtual Volumes simplify management and provide per VM storage control, the revolutionary VMAX takes VVols integration to a whole new level. Not only was VMAX designed to support the scale of VVols — up to 64,000 virtual volumes today and many more in the future — but the VMAX service level objective management paradigm that has radically simplified storage management realizes the full value of VVols storage polices.

By matching policies to Service Level Objectives (SLOs), VMAX provides the highest levels of availability, data protection and performance directly to the VM. VMAX all flash storage leverages the industry’s first open storage and hypervisor converged operating system, HYPERMAX OS. It combines industry leading high availability, I/O management, quality of service, data integrity validation, storage tiering, and data security with an open application platform. HYPERMAX OS features the first real-time, non disruptive storage hypervisor that manages and protects embedded services.

Benefit from high bandwidth and a low-cost per gigabyte. VNX-VSS arrays are ideal for distributed sites and uses including city surveillance, government, and transportation security. VNX Software Essential Pack includes Dell EMC FAST automatically optimize for the highest system performance and the lowest storage cost simultaneously. VNX Events and Retention keep data safe from changes and deletions. Local protection practice safe data protection and repurposing. Protect data against localized failures, outages, and disasters.

Hypervisor based replication fifteen VM licenses for RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines delivers local and remote hypervisor based replication. vVNX virtual unified storage lets you easily create test and development environments without the need for dedicated storage platforms. Get the unified storage and data management features of vVNX in this free software download for use in VMware environments. IT organizations are increasingly looking to software defined storage solutions to provide agility and flexibility to their operational and development environments.