Dell Dramatically Reduces Adoption Price with Newest Flash-Drive Technology

By George Ugbegua

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Dell today became the first storage array provider to announce adoption of the industry’s newest, highest-density and lowest-cost-for-performance enterprise flash drives, helping organisations of all sizes to significantly reduce costs associated with storing and managing their valuable data and IT applications.

This means Dell now can offer Dell Storage SC4020 enterprise-class all-flash solutions for as low as €1.50 (EU) per gigabyte street price, and as low as 53 cents (EU) per gigabyte for typical hybrid flash configurations, allowing organisations to receive faster access to critical data for lower than ever storage costs.

According to Research Director, Storage Systems, IDC, Eric Burgener, “Dell’s unique intelligent data placement strategy allows different types of flash storage—SLC, MLC and TLC—to be efficiently deployed in multiple tier architectures that can be more cost-effective than single tier flash-based arrays.

“Dell’s announcement of flash drives built on TLC 3D NAND technology puts them in the storage density lead at 45TB per rack unit for flash-based arrays and drops the dollar per gigabyte cost of enterprise flash storage to roughly the same cost as 15K RPM HDDs—with significantly higher performance. ‘’

Burgener added that Dell had achieved significant growth in flash adoption, growing Dell Storage SC Series all-flash and hybrid flash revenue 89 per cent; year over year in the first quarter of 2015.

Speaking in the same vein, the Vice President and General Manager, Dell Storage said that, “As the first array vendor to announce support for this latest flash technology, Dell continues to redefine the economics of enterprise storage and tear down cost barriers to flash adoption.”

Atkinson added, “With these advancements, we can substantially reduce the cost of high-performing, flash-optimised arrays while also cranking-up the performance of affordable, general purpose arrays. Customers can purchase or update existing arrays to benefit from the performance and density of enterprise flash at unparalleled costs.”

Dell’s modern, virtualized storage array architecture enables an inventive approach to intelligently leverage multiple flash types in the same array based on workload goals and usage patterns. With Dell’s patented Data Progression intelligent data placement technology and the release of Dell Storage Center 6.6 array software, Dell Storage SC Series arrays can adopt and optimise new Mainstream RI flash drives based on TLC 3D NAND.

These Mainstream RI drives are the industry’s lowest-cost per gigabyte, highest-density enterprise flash drives, enabling Dell to offer SSDs at approximately the same price per gigabyte as high-end 15K HDDs and up to 24 times performance improvement, up to six times the density, lower latency and lower power consumption.

Dell’s flash-optimised Data Progression software allows Dell and its customers to uniquely leverage leading edge flash technologies to create more affordable, high-performance solutions.

In flash-optimised solutions, Dell now offers arrays that combine the new Mainstream RI flash drives with highest-performing Write-Intensive (WI) flash drives. With this approach, intelligent array software steers all writes to the higher endurance flash and manages writes to the lower cost Mainstream RI drives. This lowers the overall cost of Dell’s enterprise flash array solutions while maintaining high performance.

Dell’s new drive, include the Dell Storage SC8000, SC4020 and SCv2000 Series with hybrid flash or all-flash array configurations. The Dell Storage SC4020 can provide a complete 90 terabyte array in only 2U of rack space, and Storage SC8000 arrays can support 62 percent more flash for a total of up to 3 petabytes of raw flash capacity in a single array.

Dell new flash drives which are available in in capacities up to 3.8 terabytes, will be available from August 2015.