Top 10 Reasons to Refresh legacy DellEMC storage with PowerStore

As they say, all good things must come to an end. Storage administrators with expiring DellEMC storage solutions know this better than anyone. Acquired by Dell in 2010, Compellent, later dubbed as SC, featured Auto-Tiering which proved as a nifty way to keep the most frequently accessed data on flash media, and tier less frequently accessed data to less expensive spinning media. As newer technologies like NVMe have become affordable, Dell Technologies has cleared the way for a new front runner by expiring service for VNX, EqualLogic and SC. PowerStore, the first storage solution conceived, engineered and launched since the merge, offers features and functionality that build on all of these solutions. Even for Unity Customers, PowerStore is emerging as a storage platform that will be relevant for years to come. For Customers trying to calculate which direction to go, here are some things to think about.
  1. Native Migration: Dell has built in native, non-disruptive migration tools into PowerStore OS. For all of the headaches associated with any storage migration, this is something to think about. This includes LUNs and Volumes, Consistency Groups and Volume Groups as well as thick and thin clones. This is a BIG time-saver.
  2. Block and File: We have come a LONG way since Fluid FS. The ability to manage both from the same pane of glass and the same OS makes life much more simple.
  3. All NVMe: Performance we can afford has arrived. Throughput and IOPS a-plenty.
  4. 4:1 Deduplication is G-U-A-R-A-N-T-E-E-D: With a few exceptions (web-cam video is not included), capacity is sized for effective vs. usable, as Dell guarantees 4:1 data reduction.
  5. Dedicated hardware for deduplication: One of the rubs with UnityXT was that precious CPU and memory needed for I/O was also used for deduplication. There is a dedicated chip in the de-stage path reserved exclusively reserved for dedupe.
  6. Performance and scalability: Scale UP by hanging up to 3 SAS SSD expansion shelves under the first 2 node Base Enclosure OR Scale OUT by managing up to 4 Base Enclosures from a single pane of glass.
  7. Container Based OS: Gone are the days of clunky, slow, monolithic software updates. PowerStore users get more relevant features and functionality faster.
  8. Hypervisor Deployment: In a PowerStore X deployment, with the OS running as a VM, AppsON capability makes 50% of the system resources available to run guest VMs directly on the appliance.
  9. Single Drive expansion: Dynamic Resiliency Engine provides for mixing and matching drive sizes in single drive increments.
  10. Future Proof Guarantee: Satisfaction, Deduplication, and transparent support price guidance is all in writing.
For a demo, sizing, configuration, and preferred refresh pricing, please reach out to Barb Adkison at

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