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

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.

Cloud-Ready

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 :

Specifications
Per Appliance
PowerStore
1000
PowerStore
5000
PowerStore
9000
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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Chenbro 4U High-Density Storage Server Chassis Launched

April 20th 2016, Taipei, Taiwan – Enterprises are losing an average of $2,500 to $5,600 per minute when their data centers and networks go down, according to recent research reports, from Gartner and Veeam – and the high cost of hardware failures is rising, as the world’s insatiable demand for data forces companies to pack more storage, computing power and network bandwidth into their full server racks.

The first step in minimizing expensive downtime is choosing a server chassis from an experienced manufacturer. Well-designed rackmount servers are much less likely to suffer component failure, of course. But more importantly – with every minute of downtime potentially costing thousands – a well-designed server is much easier to keep online during an incident.

Chenbro, a rackmount server designer and manufacturer with more than 33 years of server and PC chassis experience, has learned to avoid the pitfalls that less-experienced and less-conscientious vendors fall into.

 

Chenbro 4U High-Density Storage Server Chassis

Performance, flexibility, and reliability

The Chenbro 4U RM43260, RM43348, and RM43160 rackmount chassis provide state-of-the-art features that ensure optimum performance in server storage applications, with multiple redundancy for ultimate data protection. SAS3 at 12 Gb/s offers ample capacity for today’s fastest drives – as well as tomorrow’s. SAS Expanders fully utilize the controllers’ throughput and reduce external cabling.

DataBolt gets the most from 12Gb/s SAS, allowing it to run at maximum speed, even with slower drives. T-10 zoning offers greater efficiency, flexibility and security. Full LED status indicators and Enclosure Management allow you to monitor the system and respond to potential problems before a crisis can develop.

These Chenbro 4U systems offer a variety of options to suit different needs, including a choice of space-saving ATX or more expandable EATX motherboards, either 48 drive bays (RM43348) or 60 drive bays (RM43260 and RM43160), optional external drive bays, and chassis depths from 818mm to 916mm to suit most cabinet sizes.

Other options include internal or backplane-mounted expander controllers to suit various maintenance access scenarios. The RM43260 is certified by Microsoft for Windows Server 2012 x64 and 2012 R2 x64.

Chenbro’s balanced design

Today’s managers are demanding high-density servers, aiming to provide the highest capacity in a limited space. At the same time there is constant pressure to cut costs. This inevitably brings special challenges for rackmount systems – thermal control, power consumption, vibration, ease-of-access, and structural integrity. It’s here that an experienced manufacturer counts. A key fact to remember is that upgrading to a higher-performance server is pointless if downtime cancels out all the gains it achieves.

So the Chenbro 4U chassis design focuses on reliability just as much as performance, with a host of features designed to minimize component failures and ensure rapid and seamless recovery when incidents do occur. These features include modular design, tool-less installation, smart thermal design and vibration control.

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Fast, tool-less access

Tool-less hard drive trays, top covers, and motherboard trays allow engineers to install hot-swappable drives and other components in seconds, providing rapid system setup and zero-downtime incident recovery.

Fans and power: smart, redundant, hot-swappable

The redundant, hot-swappable, fan modules enable high performance cooling with a vibration isolation mechanism to protect drives and reduce noise. Even mild fan vibration can severely impact hard drive performance, cutting transfer rates in half, and shortening drive lifespan. The fan controllers’ hysteresis algorithm ensures smooth speed transitions and even temperatures. Built-in dual redundant power supply units with auto power-on ensure minimal interruption in the event of a server power supply failure.

Free from sag and bow issues

Chenbro does not skimp on materials, and designs with intelligence, so you can be sure your Chenbro 4U chassis will not suffer sagging or bowing. This ensures hot-swappable components can be exchanged smoothly and rapidly during a crisis – complemented by the standard tool-less features, removable side handles, and optional cable management on slide rails. Competing products are prone to jamming and mechanical failure, due to unwanted twisting or flexing of the chassis.

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