Dell PowerMax Series
The newest enhancements to the PowerMax family of Dell EMC NVMe (Non–Volatile Memory Express) arrays raise the bar again for enterprise storage with the addition of the latest technologies to achieve unmatched levels of performance and consolidation for the high value, high demand workloads of today and tomorrow. PowerMax supports 32Gb/s FC–NVMe to deliver on the promise of end–to–end NVMe, along with Storage Class Memory Drives (SCM) powered by dual port Intel® OptaneTM drives used as persistent storage. FC–NVMe and SCM can further reduce system latencies by up to 50%.The PowerMax 2000 and 8000 arrays provide all of the features and proven data services demanded of an enterprise active–active controller array including security, protection, availability, scalability and massive consolidation, now delivered at latencies measured in microseconds, not milliseconds. PowerMax real–time machine learning optimizes storage performance using pattern recognition and automated data placement, without overhead.The PowerMax family now supports two new exciting features—the first, end–to–end efficient encryption of data from the host to the PowerMax storage media. Efficient encryption utilizes an encryption agent on the host coupled with a hardware–based encryption option on the array that also preserves our data reduction (compression and inline dedupe)capabilities. Designed to be used in tandem with Data at Rest Encryption, this new functionality provides true end to end data security.Secondly, Cloud Mobility for Dell EMC PowerMax extends PowerMax storage to the public (AWS, Microsoft Azure) and private cloud (Dell EMC ECS). Customers can assign policies to automatically schedule snapshots to the cloud of their choice for long term retention. The snapshots can be browsed via a catalog and recovered to the PowerMax or to Amazon block storage.A single PowerMax Brick is architected to provide six–nines (99.9999%) of Availability in the most demanding, mission–critical environments. Utilizing the powerful family of Intel® Xeon® E5 processors, the PowerMax 2000 and 8000 support both global, inline compression and deduplication for at least a 50% gain in data efficiency over the previous generation of arrays. The PowerMax 2000 can fit its two available Bricks in half of a standard 19” rack, while the PowerMax 8000 redefines space efficiency more than doubling compute density by housing up to four Bricks in a single cabinet, and up to eight Bricks in just two floor tiles. PowerMax arrays come fully pre–configured out of the factory to significantly shorten the time to first I/O. Depending on the model, PowerMax arrays can support Open, Mainframe, IBM i, File, and mixed environments, all on the same array.
PowerMax storage building blocks are defined by appliance–based entities called Bricks (or zBricks for Mainframe). Each Brick includes an engine with two PowerMax directors, packaged software, cache, and24–slot Drive Array Enclosures. PowerMax arrays are available in two new software packages, the standard “Essentials” package and the application rich “Pro” package, which makes ordering easy. Additional NVMe drive capacity can be added to each Brick or zBrick via Flash capacity packs for up to a total usable capacity of 1.2PBe on the PowerMax 2000 and up to 4.5PBe on the PowerMax 8000 (with global, inline compression and deduplication enable
System bay dispersion:
System Bay Dispersion allows customers to separate any individual or contiguous group of system bays by up to a distance of 82 feet (25 meters) from System Bay 1. This provides unsurpassed datacenter flexibility in solving floor loading constraints or working around obstacles that might preclude fully contiguous configurations. This is only applicable to PowerMax 8000, as thePowerMax 2000 is a single bay solution.