How Dell Is Improving Its Standing in SSD Storage Sector
NEWS ANALYSIS: A new survey indicates that Dell is now the No. 1 vendor of choice among enterprise storage buyers for deploying flash/SSDs.It was a lucky break that helped bring Compellent to Dell as an acquisition nearly three years ago, a deal that turned out to be one of the best for the parent company in the last 10 years. And Dell has made a lot of acquisitions—25 to be precise—in that decade. On Sept. 2, 2010, Dell surrendered to Hewlett-Packard after a 10-day bidding war for highly regarded 3PAR, forcing HP to pay $2.3 billion for a company that might have gone for half that, if not for the battle between the two superstar IT companies. Dell didn't know it at the time, but HP's stubbornness turned out to be the break. Dell shook off the setback and went with Plan B: Compellent, which it bought for a lot less ($960 million). Arguably, it obtained as much, if not more, functionality in the IP that it would have had with 3PAR. Storage a Strength in Dell's World
It's been well-chronicled that Dell as a company has had its share of difficulties lately, but storage isn't one of them. Since 2011, Dell has taken the Compellent ball and run with it, revamping its entire corporate storage business to install Compellent's Fluid Data as its overall storage strategy.
The SC280 can be used in one package that tiers data from high-performance flash drives down to high-capacity, cost-optimized storage within a single Dell Compellent array, Fine said. Using this, IT managers can now control storage a lot more efficiently, he said.
With its capacity of up to 336TB in hard drives in a 5U enclosure, the SC280 is a capacious all-in-one, fast-write, bulk storage package aimed at co-location environments or file workflows, such as radiology, life sciences and media archival. Storage Center 6.4 Now Available Dell also has released new software, Compellent Storage Center 6.4, which is available at no additional cost for customers with active contracts. The Dell Flash-optimized package first writes data to high-performance, high-reliability flash (SLC) drives. As the data ages and is not used as often, it is automatically moved to a second tier of lower-cost, higher-capacity flash (MLC) drives and finally to low-cost, capacity-based hard disks. "Dell has put together an impressive array of SSD/Flash options covering the end-to-end of its server and storage product lines," SSN's Connor said. "Designation of an SLC Tier and an MLC Tier in the Dell Compellent Storage Center is a unique concept and allows tuning of hardware for a given workload at a new level of granularity. "The new density enhancements also add immense value for keeping large amounts of data online as data center footprints become more and more expensive."