Since #SFD14 last year, the VMAX All Flash has evolved to the PowerMax, which was announced at Dell Technologies World. PowerMax has advanced the VMAX All Flash architecture with NVMe. A nod to the SNIA session, NVMe-over-Fabrics is on the PowerMax road-map. You can watch the videos below to get all of the details. The synopsis of these sessions is this, the Symmetrix/VMAX platform is continuing to evolve, it is still the best-of-breed storage platform for legacy 3-tier hardware and legacy applications that are mission-critical. Make sure you have budget, because you are going to need it. Dell-EMC considers the PowerMax to be a flag-ship offering and will continue to invest and develop that ecosystem, since their customers demand it (yes, FICON will continue to be supported).
After the session, I mentioned to Vince Westin that within the Tech Field Day family he is considered the gold-standard that vendors should try to meet when presenting to a TFD delegation. Presenters that know their stuff, get to the point, have an opinion and are not afraid to express it.
A new offering, CloudIQ, was also presented, basically a storage administrator’s continuous health check that is offered at no extra cost for customers with active Dell-EMC storage support contracts. CloudIQ gets its data feed from the call-home function (ESRS) and is accessible as a SaaS offering, no on-site resources required. If you are an existing Dell-EMC customer, make sure you talk to your Dell-EMC account executive about getting it enabled with your account for the supported storage solutions you have in your data centers, there is definite value here.
SFD16 Dell-EMC Session Resources:
- Dell EMC Data Services and Data Mobility with Vince Westin
- Dell EMC PowerMax and Machine Learning with Vince Westin
- Dell EMC PowerMax Management with Demo with Vince Westin
- Dell EMC CloudIQ Cloud-based Storage Analytics with Susan Sharpe