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Dell Storage branches out with midsize arrays, software-defined appliances

Stephen Lawson | June 25, 2014
Dell plans to expand its storage lineup with a series of midsized SAN arrays and a portfolio of software-defined storage systems, furthering two prominent industry trends.

Also at the User Forum on Tuesday, Dell introduced the Dell XC Series of Web-scale Converged Appliances, a line of appliances based on software from startup Nutanix. Though it's sold as all-in-one hardware, the XC Series is based on the idea of breaking out storage software and letting it run on any standard x86 platform. Nutanix ships its own appliances, with computing, networking and flash and hard-drive storage built into each one. The XC Series will run that same software on Dell PowerEdge servers.

It's the first OEM (original equipment manufacturer) relationship for Nutanix, according to Dell. The companies will offer a portfolio of products and align their product and technology road maps, Vigil said.

The XC Series is designed to bring Web-scale computing, the architectural approach used by Internet giants such as Google and Facebook, to average enterprises, Vigil said. Web-scale data centers are designed for easy expansion by adding more identical hardware. Dell isn't giving any configurations or prices yet, but it plans to start shipping XC Series appliances in the fourth quarter.

 

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