Dell Technologies launches PowerScale storage with new features for streaming media workloads

Dell Technologies introduced Dell EMC PowerScale at a virtual event on June 16. PowerScale is the next evolution of OneFS – the operating system that powers Isilon, the industry’s leading scale out NAS platform. The PowerScale unstructured data storage family includes Isilon nodes, PowerScale nodes and PowerScale OneFS running across all of them.

This incredible new platform remains simple at any scale, reduces TCO and risk, increases flexibility and agility, while delivering a depth of protocol-independent, intelligent data insights, never before so easily accessible and integrated. PowerScale allows end users to store any data anywhere and enables intelligent insights across all data sources.

PowerScale brings a new version of OneFS to Isilon nodes as well as two new all-flash PowerScale nodes, that delivers application requirements like S3 protocol and performance needs like NVMe, from the edge to the cloud. The new PowerScale all-flash platforms co-exist seamlessly in the same cluster with existing Isilon nodes to drive both traditional and modern applications.

With this launch, Dell Technologies brings together the leading scale-out NAS solution and the leading server technology. With innovative engineering, Dell has decoupled OneFS from a dependency on hardware which combines the core value of OneFS with the flexibility and choice to deploy in the cloud.

James Corrigan, a media industry expert from Dell Technologies, explains why this announcement is important for organizations focused on delivering and streaming content.

“The number of physical options now available with the new option of OneFS on Poweredge servers unlocks multiple points of entry in terms of capacity, which is fantastic due to the highly compressed assets in these workflows that, in most cases, require performance more than capacity,” Corrigan comments. “The PowerEdge servers will give multiple memory options and obviously a new formfactor.”

PowerScale offers enterprise class unstructured data services with simultaneous multi-protocol support, including support for eight protocols including NFS, SMB, HDFS, S3, REST, HTTP, NDMP and FTP. OneFS multiprotocol support provides access to any client and supports the needs of any user. The introduction of S3 support enables you to run modern applications that rely on object storage. IT environments will benefit from the powerful flexibility to run workloads that can store data with one protocol and access data with a different protocol.

“Customers and partners have requested support of a more distributive protocol, specifically for content delivery type workflows. With the support of S3 it allows customers to utilize the S3 protocol in their workflows, however more importantly, also allowing traditional protocols to access the same files on one single storage platform,” adds Corrigan. 

New PowerEdge-based all flash and NVMe nodes bring OneFS to more locations including edge, multi-cloud and native cloud options. Over 50% of data is created outside the data center. Now it is possible to store the right data at right location to meet business objectives.

“Thanks to new support for NVME drives, the speed and increased response time will be perfect for organizations supporting workflows such as Live to File or Catchup/TimeShift TV or where reduced latency with high speed is paramount,” Corrigan says.  

Contributor: James Corrigan

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