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Storage software innovations from Dell Technologies enable new levels of multicloud automation, security and flexibility

News summary

  • More than 500 software advancements in Dell’s storage portfolio enhance intelligence, automation, data mobility and security across clouds, on-premises and edge environments at no additional cost to existing customers.
  • Dell PowerStore enhancements deliver up to 50% better application performance, 66% more capacity, enterprise file enhancements and new VMware integrations.
  • Dell PowerMax software increases cyber resiliency, doubles the performance of the new end-to-end NVMe architecture, and automates storage operations.
  • Dell PowerFlex introduces file services to simplify workload consolidation and adds file support for all major container orchestration platforms.

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Dell Technologies (NYSE: DELL) improves software from its industry leaders[1] storage portfolio, enabling greater intelligence, automation, cyber-resilience and multi-cloud flexibility.

“Companies around the world turn to Dell to help them move faster while turning their data into a competitive advantage,” said Jeff Clarke, vice president and co-chief operating officer, Dell Technologies. “We offer major software innovations in our portfolio to help customers get the most out of their data and resources.”

Introducing Dell Storage Software Innovations

More than 500 software advancements across Dell PowerStore, PowerMax and PowerFlex deliver faster data insights, better multicloud data control and increased cyber resiliency at no cost to existing customers. These advancements are the latest examples of Dell storage software innovation following the introduction of Project Alpine, which will bring the enterprise capacity, performance and protection of Dell storage software to public clouds.

“IQVIA uses the power of data science to help customers accelerate clinical development and healthcare outcomes,” said Ken Boyer, director of global storage at IQVIA. “Achieving transformative results requires an equally innovation-driven infrastructure partner. Dell Technologies storage delivers the automation, security, performance and scale we need as we reinvent life sciences.

Dell Power Storethe fastest-scaling new architecture in company history, will deliver up to 50%[2] improved performance of mixed workloads and up to 66%[3] greater capacity. Customers can better plan their business continuity strategies with high-availability, software-only metropolitan replication configured in just five clicks. Additional software advancements allow organizations to:

  • Better support and secure file workloads with file-level retention, native file replication, and support for third-party file monitoring and ransomware protection;
  • Take advantage of deeper VMware integrations, including improved vVols latency and performance, and simplified disaster recovery with vVols replication, VM-level snapshots, and fast clones; and
  • Optimize the performance of new hardware with end-to-end NVMe support and increased networking speeds.

Dell PowerMaxthe most secure strategic storage in the world,[4] will introduce advances in cyber resilience, including cyber vaults for traditional and mainframe deployments. CloudIQ ransomware features help detect cyberattacks at an early stage to minimize exposure and speed up recovery. PowerMax now offers up to 65 million secure snapshots to improve cyber recovery and increase efficiency with a new 4:1 data reduction guarantee.[5] Additional software updates help organizations to:

  • Increase productivity with automated storage operations such as multi-array smart provisioning, workload optimization, and health monitoring and remediation.
  • Quickly move data to public clouds with faster cloud snapshot shipping and retrieval, built-in high availability to minimize downtime, and easy recovery of cloud-based object storage data.
  • Experience Doubled Performance[6] with up to 50% better response times[7] in demanding application and mainframe environments on two new NVMe-based PowerMax models. Anytime Upgrade customers are eligible for non-disruptive upgrades.

Dell PowerFlex Software-defined infrastructure will consolidate traditional and modern workloads with new file services that enable unified block and file capabilities on a single platform. PowerFlex simplifies multicloud and DevOps with the widest file and block[8] support for all major Kubernetes and container orchestration platforms from Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Red Hat, SUSE, and VMware. Additional updates allow customers to:

  • Achieve further TCO savings by consolidating traditional and containerized workloads using unified file and block storage services across bare metal and virtualized deployments.
  • Simplify PowerFlex deployment with NVMe-over-TCP connectivity with consistent standards-based storage networking.
  • Streamline operations with new unified compute, storage, and system lifecycle management capabilities in PowerFlex Manager software.

“Organizations are increasingly looking for computing infrastructure that provides a cloud-like experience wherever their data resides,” said Eric Burgener, research vice president, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms and Technologies Group, IDC. “Dell has engineered these sweeping software and hardware enhancements into its comprehensive multicloud infrastructure portfolio to deliver this experience with greater automation, security, and control.”

“Our customers choose Dell Technologies storage because it’s reliable and delivers meaningful innovation that helps organizations keep pace with the changing business and computing landscape,” said Mike Heintzelman, vice president, Advanced Solutions, TD Synnex. “The significant software innovations introduced to the Dell storage portfolio will help organizations simplify IT operations, innovate securely and get more value from their data.


  • Advances from Dell PowerStore, PowerMax and PowerFlex plan for global availability in Q3 2022.

Additional Resources

[1] IDC WW Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker, 2021Q4, March 11, 2022 – Vendor Revenue.

[2] Based on internal testing comparing peak IOPS of PowerStore 1200T with PowerStore OS 3.0 and PowerStore 1000T with PowerStoreOS 2.1, running 70/30 read/write mix, 8k block size. March 2022. Actual results may vary.

[3] Maximum effective capacity for the largest PowerStore cluster with PowerStoreOS 3.0 compared to PowerStoreOS 2.0. Assumes an average data reduction of 4:1. Actual results vary.

[4] Based on Dell internal analysis of Dell PowerMax cybersecurity capabilities compared to cybersecurity capabilities of competitive consumer arrays supporting open systems and mainframe storage, March 2022.

[5] Based on Dell’s Future-Proof program which provides a 4:1 data reduction guarantee based on PowerMax data reduction tools (data deduplication and compression) for open systems storage, March 2022. Actual rates of Data reduction vary.

[6] Based on Dell internal testing using Sequential Read Hits (128K) GB per second and IOPS per FC port (within a single array) testing comparing PowerMax 8500 to PowerMax 8000, March 2022. Actual performance may vary.

[7] Based on Dell internal testing using OLTP benchmark comparing PowerMax 2500 to PowerMax 2000, March 2022. Actual response times vary.

[8] Based on Dell Analysis of Embedded Systems for Kubernetes Distributions, March 2022.