Dell EMC’s Unity storage promises 4x cut in cost

Dell EMC today introduced free software updates to the Dell EMC Unity storage systems in order to enhance storage capacity and efficiency for All-Flash configurations.

Dell EMC also introduced integrated file tiering to the public cloud (including Virtustream), along with intelligent and predictive analytics through the new CloudIQ cloud-based storage analytics platform.

Dell EMC said CloudIQ, a cloud-based storage analytics platform available later this quarter, provides near real-time intelligence and predictive analytics capabilities to proactively monitor, manage, and provide health scores for Unity storage.

The latest version of UnityOE software enhances data storage efficiency with features such as thin provisioning, snapshots and file system shrink. Unity’s new compression capabilities are designed to help customers save up to 70 percent in storage capacity costs.

Unity All-Flash now provides up to 384TB in a 2U rack through new support for 15.36TB 3D NAND (SAS Flash 4) flash drives, doubling Unity’s drive density. In addition, the Unity 600 (F) doubles the number of drives supported, increasing total usable capacity up to 10PBs.

Dell EMC is also introducing intelligent wear leveling with Unity, allowing customers to mix different types of flash drives within an All-Flash pool.

This capability is designed to further extend the life expectancy of All-Flash drives on Unity platforms by intelligently moving data off highly active drives over to drives with less activity within the same Unity storage array.

Unity supports seamless, automated policy-based file tiering to public clouds including Virtustream, Amazon S3, and Microsoft Azure. With this capability, customers can archive inactive data to a public cloud service.

This feature can help reduce capital expenditure on additional physical storage by freeing up primary storage capacity while reducing backup windows and lowering operational expenditures by reducing data management overheads. Customers who use Unity cloud file tiering with Virtustream can save up to 60 percent on their file storage costs.

Customers wishing to upgrade to Unity from EMC VNX systems can leverage a new streamlined and simplified workflow user interface. Migration is implemented as a built-in, self-service solution from inside the new Unisphere management interface. Existing customers of Unity can take advantage of data-in-place upgrades.

Dell EMC is offering free software updates to the UnityOE, including support for 15.36TB flash drives toward the end of 2016.

“To get the most out of an array – in terms of value for money and capacity per drive – it’s important for organizations to demand high-capacity drives, data compression and tiering to the cloud. Smart businesses are choosing storage platforms that act as a hub, compressing data and directing it to the best storage target to match its SLOs,” said Ashish Nadkarni, program director, computing platforms, IDC.