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Dell Technologies World 2022: Dell unveils fastest storage architecture in company history

New PowerStore update aims to deliver up to a 50% mixed-workload performance boost and up to 66% greater capacity

Dell Technologies has announced a number of new updates to its storage solution portfolio, including the fastest-ramping architecture in the tech giant’s 38-year history.

Dell’s updated PowerStore offering aims to deliver up to a 50% mixed-workload performance boost and up to 66% greater capacity, based on internal tests conducted in March 2022.

First announced at Dell Technologies World 2020, the mid-range storage product has also been equipped with new VMware integrations, including improved vVols latency and performance, simplified disaster recovery with vVols replication, as well as VM-level snapshots and fast clones.

Alongside the PowerStore enhancements, Dell also unveiled increased cyber resilience features for PowerMax, including ransomware attack detection tool CloudIQ, and container orchestration file support for PowerFlex. All storage solution updates will become globally available in the third quarter of 2022, the tech giant announced on Tuesday.

The updates were designed to help organisations manage and store data in a multi-cloud environment amid the growing risk of ransomware attacks, according to Dell Product Marketing VP Caitlin Gordon.

With 10 years of data protection experience, Gordon told IT Pro that she found it amusing that a topic that was once heavily sidelined by organisations has now become the main focus of the tech giant’s annual conference.

“I laughed yesterday when we started our keynote with data protection. It’s about time, right? There is a real sense of urgency of protecting and isolating [company] data,” she said, adding that nowadays organisations are “concerned about hiring the right people with the right skills to manage this increasing complexity”.

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Gordon recommended that especially small and mid-sized companies avoid separating their cloud and on-prem infrastructure teams, which have the potential to create “operational silos”. The lack of collaboration between the two teams could mean differing partnerships and priorities, leading to reduced interoperability and increased technical debt, Gordon warned.

“Secondly, pick the right partners,” she added. “Choosing the right partners means choosing the fewest partners, which simplifies things. There's only so much time and energy you can put into it, so put the time and energy into finding the right partners who can help you get there.”

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