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Dell EMC PowerStore 9000 | 5000 | 1000 : A Quick Primer!

Dell EMC just launched PowerStore – their new storage appliance, built around a unified data-centric architecture.

Here is a quick primer on the Dell EMC PowerStore 9000, PowerStore 5000 and PowerStore 1000 storage appliances!


Dell EMC PowerStore : What Is It?

Dell EMC PowerStore is a new mid-range storage appliance, with a flexible, container-based architecture, and end-to-end NVMe design.

It promises to offer 7X better performance with 3X lower latency than previous mid-range storage appliances, as well as the ability to scale up to 2.8 petabytes per appliance, and up to 11.3 petabytes per cluster.


Dell EMC PowerStore : Advantages

Dell EMC promises that PowerStore will offer these advantages to organisations looking to transform their data center operations :

Designed For Any Workload

Dell EMC PowerStore will support any workload, whether traditional or modern workloads.

Its PowerStoreOS container-based software architecture offers portability, standardisation, as well as rapid deployment.

It also supports AppsON, which allows organisations to run applications directly on the appliance.

High Performance, Massive Storage

Thanks to its end-to-end NVMe design, and support for dual-ported Intel Optane Storage Class Memory (SCM) SSDs, it is seven times faster with three times lower latency than its predecessor, Unity XT.

Each appliance can offer up to 898 TB of storage, which can be scaled up using expansion enclosures to 2.8 petabytes. It can also be scaled out to eight nodes, offering 11.3 petabytes of storage in the cluster.

It also automatically dedupes and compresses the data, offering a guaranteed 4:1 data reduction.

Autonomous Appliance

When scaled out, Dell EMC PowerStore are loosely coupled, allowing a machine learning engine to intelligently place data to rebalance storage volumes.

The machine learning engine is continuously and autonomously monitoring resources of each appliances and data requests, for maximum efficiency.


Dell EMC Cloud Storage Services can directly connect PowerStore to all major public clouds. It can be deployed as a storage option within Dell EMC PowerOne autonomous infrastructure.


Dell EMC PowerStore : Models + Specifications

At launch, Dell EMC is offering three PowerStore appliances, with these specifications :

Per Appliance
Base Enclosure 2U, 2-node enclosure with twenty-five 2.5-inch NVMe drive slots
Expansion Enclosure 2U enclosure attached to PowerStore base enclosure
with twenty-five 2.5-inch SAS drive slots
Maximum 3 per appliance
Power Supplies 2 dedundant power suppliers per enclosure
Max Drives 96 96 96
NVRAM 2 4 4
RAID Options RAID 5 (4+1 or 8+1)
CPUs 4 x Intel CPUs
32 cores (1.8 GHz)
4 x Intel CPUs
64 cores (2.1 GHz)
4 x Intel CPUs
112 cores (2.1 GHz)
System Memory + Cache 384 GB 1,152 GB 2,560 GB
Mezzanine Cards 2 2 2
IO Modules 4 4 4
Embedded SAS IO Ports 4 x 4 lane 12Gb/s SAS ports for back-end connection
Front End Ports 24 24 24
16/32Gb FC End Ports 16 16 16
10 Gbase-T / iSCSI Ports 24 24 24
10/25 GbE / iSCSI Ports 24 24 24
Max Raw Capacity 898.56 TB 898.56 TB 898.56 TB
Power Consumption 1597 W max 1758 W max 2047 W max
Heat Dissipation 5,449 Btu/hr 5,995 Btu/hr 6,985 Btu/hr


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Dell PowerMax Updates : Storage Class Memory + NVMe-oF!

Dell Technologies just announced a slew of major updates to Dell EMC PowerMax, including Storage Class Memory (SCM) and NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF)!

Find out what Dell EMC has just announced for their PowerMax data storage family!


Industry First : Dell PowerMax With Storage Class Memory + NVMe over Fabrics!

Dell EMC PowerMax is the first-to-market with Storage Class Memory (SCM) as persistent storage. Specifically, they are offering the new dual-port Intel Optane SSDs that they co-developed with Intel.

Dell Technologies also announced that NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) is now available for all PowerMax arrays, delivering true end-to-end NVMe for better performance and lower latency.

The new end-to-end NVMe on PowerMax capability is made possible by :

  • newly-qualified PowerMax 32Gb FC I/O modules,
  • 32Gb Connectrix switches, directors and NVMe host adaptors
  • Dell EMC PowerPath multipathing software

Dell EMC PowerPath is the first enterprise-class SAN multipathing software with full support for NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF).

According to Dell Technologies, this combination of Dell EMC PowerMax and Storage Class Memory will deliver these performance improvements :

  • Up to 15 million IOPS
  • Up to 350 GB/s bandwidth
  • Up to 50% better response time
  • Sub 100 µs (microseconds) read response time

In addition, PowerMax has a built-in machine learning engine that leverages predictive analytics and pattern recognition to automatically place data on the correct media type – SCM or Flash, based on its IO profile.


Dell PowerMax Now Supports Automation, Management + Containerised Workloads

Dell EMC PowerMax now allows for automated infrastructure operations and DevOps workflows, including containerised workloads, through these new features :

  • VMware vRealise Orchestrator (vRO) plug-in, available in the VMware Solutions Exchange, allows customers to develop end-to-end automation routines including provisioning, data protection and host operations.
  • Pre-built Ansible modules, available on Github, allow customers to create Playbooks for storage provisioning, snapshots and data management workflows for automated operations.
  • New Container Storage Interface (CSI) plug-in for PowerMax, available on Github, allows customers to provision and manage storage for containerised workloads running on Kubernetes.


Dell PowerMax Now Offers Cloud Flexibility

Customers can now incorporate Dell EMC PowerMax into their multi-cloud strategies in a variety of ways.

The newly-released Dell Technologies Cloud Validated Design for Dell EMC PowerMax lets organisations build their own hybrid cloud infrastructure with deployment flexibility for unique workloads, independent capacity scaling and integrated data protection.

Both PowerMax and Unity XT are the first to be validated by VMware Cloud Foundation with Fibre Channel as primary storage, in addition to existing support through Network File System (NFS) protocol.

Dell EMC Cloud Storage Services delivers Dell EMC Storage as a public cloud service for Disaster Recovery across AWS, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure.


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WD Black NVMe SSD Showcase @ Computex 2018

On our second day at Computex 2018, we visited the WD Black NVMe SSD showcase, where Western Digital showed off how they achieved a phenomenal 19 GB/s throughput with this SSD!  They also showcased a number of interesting gaming PCs powered by the WD Black NVMe SSD. Let’s take a look!


WD Black NVMe SSD Showcase @ Computex 2018

Western Digital’s Andrew Vo took us on a tour of the WD Black NVMe SSD showcase. He points out that the Western Digital Black NVMe SSD (Price Check) is their first 3D NAND product in the NVMe form factor, delivering 6X the performance of SATA drives.

Here are the WD Black NVMe SSD’s specifications :

Specifications1 TB WD Black NVMe SSD500 GB WD Black NVMe SSD250 GB WD Black NVMe SSD
Model NumberWDS100T2X0CWDS500G2X0CWDS250G2X0C
Storage Capacity1000 GB500 GB250 GB
Form FactorM.2 2280M.2 2280M.2 2280
InterfacePCIe x4 Gen3
- up to 8 Gb/s
PCIe x4 Gen3
- up to 8 Gb/s
PCIe x4 Gen3
- up to 8 Gb/s
Sequential Read Speed3,400 MB/s3,400 MB/s3,000 MB/s
Sequential Write Speed2,800 MB/s2,500 MB/s1,600 MB/s
Random Read Speed2,000 MB/s1,640 MB/s880 MB/s
Random Write Speed1,600 MB/s1,320 MB/s680 MB/s
Endurance600 TBW300 TBW200 TBW
Reliability (MTTF)1.75 million hours1.75 million hours1.75 million hours
Power Consumption (Active)140 W110 W110 W
Power Consumption (Sleep)100 mW70 mW70 mW
Operating Temperature0 °C to 70 °C
32 °F to 158 °F
0 °C to 70 °C
32 °F to 158 °F
0 °C to 70 °C
32 °F to 158 °F
Non-Operating Temperature-55 °C to 85 °C
-67 °F to 185 °F
-55 °C to 85 °C
-67 °F to 185 °F
-55 °C to 85 °C
-67 °F to 185 °F
Shock1,500 G @ 0.5 ms half sine1,500 G @ 0.5 ms half sine1,500 G @ 0.5 ms half sine
Dimensions22 mm wide
80 mm long
2.38 mm thick
22 mm wide
80 mm long
2.38 mm thick
22 mm wide
80 mm long
2.38 mm thick
Weight7.5 g7.5 g7.5 g
Limited Warranty5 years5 years5 years

And here are some purchase links for these Western Digital SSDs :

  • 1 TB Western Digital Black NVMe SSD : $399.99
  • 500 GB Western Digital Black NVMe SSD : $199.99
  • 250 GB Western Digital Black NVMe SSD : $79.99


WD Black NVMe SSD Hits 19 GB/s!

Andrew also showed us how they hit a throughput of 19 GB/s with the Western Digital Black NVMe SSDs (Price Check)!

The secret? Use eight 1 TB WD Black NVMe SSDs (Price Check) in a RAID array! Each of those Western Digital SSDs is capable of a peak transfer rate of 2.8 GB/s (write) to 3.4 GB/s (read), so eight of them would have a theoretical throughput limit of 22.4 to 27.2 GB/s!

For more details, read our article – How To Create An 8TB SSD As Fast As DDR4 Memory!

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The WD Gaming PCs @ Computex 2018

Western Digital also showed off several gaming PCs at their showcase. These were set-up for the explicit purpose of letting people try out and see how fast these gaming PCs ran with the WD Black NVMe SSD,

InWin WINBOT Gaming PC

This magnificent gaming PC is built using the InWin WINBOT chassis – an aluminium and plexiglass marvel that supports the largest E-ATX motherboards, and up to four SATA drives. It is available in three colour options – Black + Red, Black + Green and White + Blue.

iBuyPower Snowblind Gaming PC

The iBuyPower Snowblind gaming PC looks like a perfectly ordinary gaming PC, until you notice the transparent LCD display on its side! This large 1280 x 1024 transparent LCD display lets you display anything you want – your favourite photos or video clips – while still letting you see your PC components through it!


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The Kingston KC1000 NVMe PCIe SSD Announced!

May 25, 2017 – Kingston today announced the Kingston KC1000 NVMe PCIe SSD. Shipping in mid-June, the M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD is over 2x faster than SATA-based SSDs and over 40x faster than a 7200RPM hard disk drive.


The Kingston KC1000 NVMe PCIe SSD

The Kingston KC1000 is built for the power user, providing the ultimate, low-latency performance boost for resource-demanding applications including high-resolution video editing, data visualization, gaming and other data intensive workload environments where traditional storage solutions are unable to keep pace with data demand.

The demands of today’s performance power users are constantly being put to the test as new data-intensive applications push the boundaries of what can be achieved with even the market’s high performance professional workstations and most powerful gaming rigs.

The KC1000 is the perfect solution to meet the needs of media and design professionals, gaming enthusiasts and anyone who needs ultra-low latency storage performance to end data bottlenecks.

This native NVMe device offers one of the industry’s most powerful storage solutions for high-resolution content delivery, virtual reality applications, accelerated game play or a competitive edge for the creative professional on tight deadlines.

The Kingston KC1000 delivers up to 290,000 IOPS and will ship in mid-June in 240GB, 480GB and 960GB capacities. The high-performance SSD supports the PCIe Gen3 x4 interface and the latest NVMe protocol.

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The Kingston KC1000 provides accelerated boot and load speeds and increases sequential read/write performance, as well as offering improved endurance and energy efficiency. It is perfect for users seeking instant, breakthrough performance improvements for:

  • High-resolution video editing
  • Virtual and augmented reality applications
  • CAD software applications
  • Streaming media
  • Graphically intensive video games
  • Data visualization
  • Real-time analytics

The KC1000 is backed by a limited five-year warranty and legendary Kingston support.


Kingston KC1000 NVMe PCIe SSD Features and Specifications

  • Form Factor: M.2 2280
  • Interface: NVMe PCIe Gen 3.0 x4 Lanes
  • Capacities: 240GB, 480GB, 960GB
  • Controller: Phison PS5007-E7
  • Sequential Read/Write:
    • 240GB: up to 2700/900MB/s
    • 480GB, 960GB: up to 2700/1600MB/s
  • Maximum 4K Read/Write:
    • 240GB: up to 225,000/190,000 IOPS
    • 480GB, 960GB: up to 290,000/190,000 IOPS
  • Random 4K Read/ Write:
    • 240GB, 480GB: up to 190,000/160,000 IOPS
    • 960GB: up to 190,000/165,000 IOPS
  • PCMARK Vantage HDD Suite Score: 150,000
  • Total Bytes Written (TBW):
    • 240GB: 300TB and .70 DWPD
    • 480GB: 550TB and .64 DWPD
    • 960GB: 1PB and .58 DWPD
  • Power Consumption: .11W Idle / .99W Avg / 4.95W (MAX) Read / 7.40W (MAX) write
  • Storage Temperature: -40°C to 85°C
  • Operating Temperature: 0°C to 70°C
  • Dimensions:
    • 80mm x 22mm x 3.5mm (M.2)
    • 180.98mm x 120.96mm x 21.59mm (with HHHL AIC – standard bracket) 181.29mm x 80.14mm x 23.40mm (with HHHL AIC – low-profile bracket)
  • Weight:
    • 10g (M.2)
    • 76g (with HHHL AIC – standard bracket)
    • 69g (with HHHL AIC – low-profile bracket)
  • Vibration operating: 2.17G Peak (7-800Hz)
  • Vibration non-operating: 20G Peak (20-1000Hz)
  • MTBF: 2,000,000
  • Warranty/support: Limited 5-year warranty with free technical support


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