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September 16, 2016updated 21 Sep 2016 2:48pm

Dell EMC makes product debut with all-flash storage

ScaleIO Ready Node will run on PowerEdge x86 servers.

By James Nunns

The newly formed Dell EMC has revealed its first storage product.

The software-defined storage ScaleIO Ready Node is an all-flash offering that runs on Dell EMC PowerEdge x86 servers.

The product is designed to allow users to quickly deploy a server storage-area network that will fit in with existing legacy infrastructure.

Basically ScaleIO is meant to provide the benefits of a storage network, it requires a minimum of three nodes, and it can scale to thousands of server nodes.

The software-defined storage product for block storage is pitched as being able to offer public cloud agility with private cloud resiliency.

ScaleIO had previously been made available as part of a VxRack configuration on Quanta servers and while Dell EMC no longer sells the VxRack product ScaleIO lives on.

One of the features of the product is that it can include hypervisors in order to run as hyper-converged systems. They provide support for OpenStack, Hyper-V, KVM, Microsoft Windows Servers 2012, and VMware vSphere.

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The company said that the product’s configurations meet the demands of mission critical enterprise workloads thanks to a “unique” scale-out and highly parallelised architecture.

Dell made the world aware of its intentions to acquire EMC 11 months ago for $67bn and for the past year people have been wondering what the joint products will look like.

Now the industry has its first example. It may not be the most ground-breaking technology advancement but it gives customers a glimpse of how the two companies will be merging some of their product portfolios together.

For those customers that were using Dell PowerEdge x86 servers before Dell EMC was formed it really just gives them an easy way of deploying ScaleIO as it’s all fully supported and validated.

Customers also won’t have to worry about having to contact two companies for support anymore, because it’s all now under one roof.

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