Dell’s storage product line is poised to receive a wide range of updates, including devops integrations with Ansible and Terraform tools, compliance with the latest US government security standards, zero-trust readiness, and far more.
PowerStore, Dell’s line of flash-based storage arrays, is getting the lion’s share of security updates, according to an announcement from Dell on Wednesday. Dell said the PowerStore now features STIG hardening, meaning it meets federal government standards for its own networks. PowerStore also received secure and immutable snapshot technology, which should make recoveries more reliable and harder to compromise. Also added are multi-factor authentication, simplified file resiliency (which adds more system-mounted snapshots), and direct file permission management from PowerStore.
PowerStore gets added backup options
The system also received native integration into Dell’s PowerProtect data management system, further strengthening end-user data protection and backup options. The company said the idea here is to offer more compression in backups and easier configuration options. Integration with open source frameworks Ansible and Terraform allows devops workers to use the PowerStore system natively, meaning they can design automated processes for storage provisioning “without low-level coding,” Dell said . (Ansible support was also added for Dell’s Unity XT hybrid storage offering.)
Other enhancements to the company’s storage portfolio include native air-vacuum support for the PowerMax mission-critical storage system, improved NVMe and TCP for the PowerFlex software-defined infrastructure platform, and a performance of improved S3 object storage to ObjectScale. Finally, the company’s ClouIdIQ AIOps software will receive VMware integration.
The enhancements to PowerStore, according to Gartner Senior Director Analyst Jeff Vogel, essentially meet the requirements of business-critical applications for midsize enterprise customers.
“For PowerFlex, it is an important and modern cloud-like architecture for elastic and scalable software-defined hybrid infrastructure platform storage that can take advantage of end-to-end NVMe fabric-based infrastructure over TCP” , he said. “This new architecture unites enterprise storage with standard Ethernet-based networking, reducing infrastructure costs and simplifying the environment.”
A Dell spokesperson said the upgrades announced Wednesday are free for all existing customers and that there are “no other pricing changes associated with the release.” New PowerMax, CloudIQ and Unity XT features are available now. PowerStore and ObjectScale upgrades will be available starting in June, while new PowerFlex features will go live in the third quarter of this year.
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