PowerStore 3.0 Announced!

Posted in Datacenter, Storage2 months ago • Written by Rick GouinNo Comments

At Dell Tech World 2022 this week Dell announced the upcoming release of PowerStore 3.0 which includes new hardware as well as some serious software updates.  Unfortunately, actual details provided in public sessions were relatively scarce.  As more data becomes publicly available, I will add more detail to this post.

 

 

Hardware

It seems like yesterday, but PowerStore was released about 2 years ago in May of 2020.  You can read all about the hardware specs for that release here.  The exception to this is the PowerStore 500T, which was only released about a year ago.  That leaves us with a hardware lineup that is mostly 2 years old, but with 1 newer model.  As a result, the 500T is not updated this cycle, but all the other models (1000, 3000, 5000, 7000, 9000) are being replaced with new models.

The new hardware lineup boasts 50% more performance along with a 60% increase in addressable capacity.

In addition to these new controllers, we also now have NVMe connectivity for expansion shelves.  The first generation PowerStore hardware included NVMe drives in the controllers, but any drives added to expansion shelves would be SAS attached.  This new hardware lineup adds the ability to take advantage of NVMe for expansion shelves.

I have the hardware specs handy but am not allowed to post them yet.  Once I can publish these specs, we’ll add them to the discussion here.

 

Software

PowerStore OS 2.0 was released just over a year ago in April of 2021.  We talked about that release here.  Dell said it is pushing more than 500 improvements across the storage lineup including PowerStore, PowerMax, and PowerScale.  What we know about the PowerStore updates so far were largely provided in Jeff Clarke’s keynote here at Dell Tech world 2022.  These are some of the highlights announced so far:

  • Native replication for any workload.  Prior to release 3.0 PowerStore was unable to replicate file data.  It now adds file replication.
  • Native MetroSync.  In order for PowerStore to provide metro replication type functionality today, you’d have to buy a MetroNode which is an external appliance based on that has been ported to run on Dell servers.  This bolt on functionality has worked well in some geographies, but native is definitely going to be preferable for most homogeneous environments.
  • New file migration tool to automate migrations from older unified platforms such as the VNX to the PowerStore.  Block migration capabilities for these platforms were already built in.  My guess is that this migration facility relies on the new file replication capability.
  • There are a lot more updates in this release, but like the hardware I’m unsure what can be posted at this point.  I will update this discussion with more feature updates once I can.

My Thoughts

These updates added some much needed functionality to Dell’s flagship midrange storage array, particularly the native metro-sync.  I work with many businesses all around the world that leverage Dell storage functionality to power their active/active datacenter architectures.  This provides us a way to move those customers onto PowerStore as the newer platform, without losing the functionality they rely on today – such as LiveVolume on the Dell SC storage arrays that went end of sale last year.

Learn More:

Check out the official Dell PowerStore page here.

What do you think about PowerStore 3.0?   Let me know in the comments below!

 

 

 

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