Dell updates software-defined storage portfolio

Vendor claims to provide up to 50% more storage space with top model

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Dell updates software-defined storage portfolio The new XC730xd comes in a 2U form factor, and can support up to 32 terabytes
By  Tom Paye Published  February 26, 2015

Dell today announced that it had expanded its software-defined storage portfolio with a second version of XC Series converged appliances, which the vendor claimed offer up to 50% more storage space and twice the rack density than previous versions.

The series is made up of XC630 and the XC730xd, Dell said in a statement. Both appliances are based on thirteenth-generation Dell PowerEdge server technology with Nutanix software, the vendor said. Dell claimed that these solutions integrate enterprise-class storage, compute and hypervisor resources into a single solution.

As a result, Dell is targeting customers wanting to deploy a range of workloads, including virtual desktop infrastructures, private cloud and big data.

"We've seen strong customer interest in our debut Dell XC Series appliances, and our newest offerings substantially raise the bar," said Alan Atkinson, vice president and general manager, Dell Storage.

"The new web-scale converged appliances add greater configuration flexibility and pack more performance and capacity into our thirteenth-generation servers, making them even more compelling for customers looking to adopt a newer, integrated systems model for delivering IT to their organisations."

The XC630 comes in a 1U form factor and supports more virtual desktop users in half the rack space compared to the vendor's debut XC720xd.

The new XC730xd, meanwhile, comes in a 2U form factor, and can support 50% more storage - up to 32 terabytes - compared to the previous generation, Dell said. This model would be ideal for enterprises deploying private cloud or big data workloads, the vendor added.

Dell has promised high performance, fast deployment and lower operational costs with both models. The vendor cited research from Wikibon that said the Dell XC Series offers 27% lower cost and six times faster time to value compared to a traditional VDI solution approach.

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