If you’re a Global 500 shop, or have very high-end application requirements, you’re probably already tuned into this week’s launch of Dell’s new SC9000 array. After all, with its extreme performance numbers, built-in business continuity features and enterprise-class cost-saving intelligence, the latest SC Series flagship solution will soon be appearing in some of the world’s largest datacenters.
But I’d like to suggest administrators of smaller storage environments also pay close attention to this announcement. Because even if you’re not ready for SC9000’s massive multi-petabyte scale, the new array and its accompanying Storage Center 6.7 operating system introduce capabilities that could dramatically change the way your IT team creates business value.
More than another big iron in the fire
To be sure, from a hardware perspective alone, the SC9000 is a performance and scalability beast – with enough horsepower to make any IT planner envious.
The already-robust SC platform now boasts dual 8-core Intel processors, over 4x the system memory, and a 12Gb SAS backend. The result is a 40% performance improvement over previous SC products (internal tests have clocked over 360,000 IOPS with sub millisecond latency) – plus 2x the throughput to help all that data speed to your applications without bottlenecks, no matter how large you grow.
It’s all about the software base
But ultimately, despite its formidable hardware specs, the differentiating secret sauce of the SC9000 (and the entire SC Series) is NOT big hardware. The real power is the flexible, virtualized Storage Center software foundation that evolves your solution to meet any challenge, now and in the future. Virtualized to the core, SC Series is designed to completely abstract data from physical hardware limitations – enabling automated cost savings that can fundamentally transform businesses of any size.
Modern SC family values
Here are seven software-based SC9000 capabilities now available across multiple SC products. I’ll start with flash, because it’s a hot topic – but please understand that SC Series’ well-known SSD advantages are just one outcome of an even more profound architectural advantage.
Welcome to your Future Ready Storage
In short, the Dell World hoopla is entirely justified: SC9000 is the perfect capstone to a virtualized next-gen portfolio that now encompasses entry to largest enterprise in one unified platform. And you can do more than window shop – because unlike competing flagship arrays, this is not a specialty product accessible via rip-and-replace upgrade. With this release, Dell is actually offering ALL businesses an on-ramp to a supremely adaptable solution that can evolve cost-effectively to the highest levels.
So don’t worry about your size – I’m here to tell you, if you like the SC9000, you’ll find an SC solution that’s ideal for you. The important thing is to choose the right storage foundation – one that will take you from the bottom (or the middle) to the top…with enterprise-sized value all along the way.