Now that Dell is private, the company continues to more rapidly embrace emerging technologies in the data center.
This week at the Dell Enterprise Forum in Germany, the company not only announced the availability of advanced caching software for multi-tier storage systems, it cemented an alliance with Red Hat under which it is developing an implementation of the OpenStack cloud management framework. In addition, Dell is now offering servers that are optimized for the SAP HANA in-memory computing platform.
Bob Fine, director of product marketing for Dell Storage, says Dell Fluid Cache for SAN leverages distributed caching software across multiple storage systems to break down Flash storage silos across the enterprise while increasing IOPs performance. According to Fine, Dell Fluid Cache for SAN provides throughput speeds of up to 5 million random read/write IOPs across a pool of Dell PCI Express Flash drives.
Dell has also upgraded the Dell OpenManage portfolio with tools that simplify system configurations and tighter integration with Dell mobile computing software, backup and recovery software and Dell EqualLogic storage systems.
The one thing all these advances have in common, says Fine, is that they are designed to significantly reduce the number of times that IT administrators have to physically touch an IT system.
Dell may not always be the first company to bring new innovations to market, but since going private, the company is clearly embracing emerging technologies for commodity IT infrastructure systems.