Dell Powers Commitment to Storage Software Innovations

By Greg Tavarez, TMCnet Editor  |  May 22, 2023

Companies are grappling with an increasing volume of data. Think about the customer interactions, sales transactions, social media interactions, website analytics and a multitude of other data sources that contribute to the data deluge. And the sheer magnitude of this data poses significant hurdles in terms of management and meaningful analysis.

Compounding the data overload predicament is the scarcity of skilled IT talent. The demand for professionals proficient in data analysis, data science, machine learning (ML) and related fields has surged ahead of the available supply, according to Deloitte. As a result, businesses face an uphill battle in recruiting and retaining the expertise necessary to effectively navigate the intricacies of data-driven decision-making.

This puts a task on companies to seek innovative ways to optimize their resources and achieve more with limited IT talent. One tech company to help with that: Dell. The tech giant offers a comprehensive data storage portfolio that encompasses a wide range of storage solutions to meet the diverse needs of businesses. The company's storage portfolio combines innovative hardware with advanced software-defined storage technologies to deliver scalable, efficient and reliable storage solutions.

Dell (News - Alert)'s commitment to software development has resulted in more storage portfolio advancements by way of PowerStore, Dell's intelligent all-flash data storage array. PowerStore, is introducing new security software enhancements aimed at facilitating the adoption of the Zero Trust security model. These enhancements include STIG-hardening, secure snapshots, streamlined file permissions, increased file resiliency and MFA (News - Alert).

STIG-hardening adds to PowerStore's adherence with the NIST Cyber Security Framework standard, which is required for U.S. federal networks and other government entities worldwide. Secure and immutable snapshots prevent unauthorized deleting or modifying of snapshots before their expiration date.

Streamlined file permissions allow storage administrators to manage access directly from PowerStore to respond quickly to security threats. And MFA protects administrative access to PowerStore by requiring increased verification of a user's identity, as well.

Moreover, Dell is focused on software automation and multicloud advancements to optimize productivity while minimizing costs. PowerStore now offers native integration with Dell PowerProtect for simplified multicloud data protection strategies, as well as DevOps workflow enhancements through integrations with Ansible and Terraform.

Dell is addressing energy efficiency concerns here, too; i.e. by delivering the energy-efficient PowerStore system with up to 60% more IOPS per watt and ENERGY STAR (News - Alert) certified configurations.

"As data continues to pile up, companies are finding themselves in a position to do more with less," said Jeff Boudreau, president and general manager, Infrastructure Solutions Group, Dell. "We're helping customers rise to this challenge by enabling them to make the most of their IT investments with storage software innovation that is more energy efficient, boosts productivity and strengthens cyber resiliency."

In addition to PowerStore, new software innovations address a wide range of advancements across the Dell Storage portfolio:

  • Dell PowerMax strengthens cybersecurity by enabling an operational airgap to allow customers to expedite recovery of compromised production data following a cyberattack.
  • Dell PowerFlex speeds modernization with enhanced NVMe/TCP and security.
  • Dell ObjectScale introduces faster enterprise S3 object storage performance10 with a simpler deployment and support experience.
  • Dell CloudIQ extends its AI/ML-driven performance and capacity analytics and VMware integration to simplify and accelerate IT and DevOps.
  • Dell Unity XT increases Ansible support to enhance storage automation, helping customers lower costs, reduce errors and increase productivity.

These advances, when available, are provided to existing customers at no additional cost and are consumable through on-premises software or as-a-Service via Dell APEX.

Edited by Alex Passett
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