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Dell announces the global availability of the new Dell Storage all-flash array

By Ashley Lucas - on 28 Jan 2015, 12:20pm

Dell announces the global availability of the new Dell Storage all-flash array

 

Delivering on its commitment to transform the storage industry with industry-leading customer value and economics, Dell recently announced the global availability of new enterprise class Dell Storage all-flash array (AFA) configurations starting at only US$ 25,000 (US). With this launch, Dell offers customers the lowest entry price for an all-flash mid-range solution by any major vendor.

“For years, price has been the number one barrier to enterprise flash adoption, and we’re knocking down these walls to make the high performance, reliability and smaller footprint of flash practical for almost any workload,” said Alan Atkinson, general manager, Dell Storage. “As Dell continues to bring down the cost of enterprise class storage, we now offer customers the industry’s easiest to use and lowest cost entry point into mid-range, all-flash enterprise arrays.”

Customers continue to recognize Dell’s flash leadership, with the company being selected as the top choice for deploying enterprise flash/SSDs for the second consecutive year, according to an October 2014 SSG-NOW independent survey of more than 300 global IT leaders.

"Dell's ability to disrupt the storage industry with its extremely attractive and low entry price for its all-flash storage offerings is made all the more impressive by its inclusion of enterprise-class features and functionality,” said Mark Peters, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. “Given the overall value proposition—which is bolstered by Dell's renowned Copilot support—IT users around the globe should certainly give consideration to Dell when looking for AFA solutions."

Dell Storage Offers Affordable Enterprise Flash Arrays for All Customers

The new Dell Storage SC4020 AFA configurations offer an economical starting point for all-flash performance to support a wide range of applications and workloads. Dell is now shipping two options:

  • The Dell Storage SC4020 Entry-Level AFA single-tier configuration includes six 480GB read-intensive SSDs for a total of 2.8 terabytes of raw capacity for an advertised street price of US$ 25,000.
  • The Dell Storage SC4020 Flash-Optimized AFA multi-tier configuration provides even faster write performance, while continuing to optimize cost, with six 480GB read-intensive SSDs, plus an additional six 200GB write-intensive SSDs for a total of more than 4 terabytes of raw capacity and an advertised street price of US$ 35,000.

Both new AFA configurations are based on the Dell Storage SC4020 array, which includes 24 drive bays and dual controllers in a 2U chassis, plus all standard software, options, installation and three-years of Dell Copilot support.

Customers may continue to expand their Dell Storage SC4020 AFA as an all-flash solution by adding additional read-intensive or write-intensive drives – or achieve additional cost savings at any time by automatically moving cold data to one or more optional tiers of traditional spinning disks. In either case, all incoming writes and “hot reads” are handled by the fastest SSD tier, ensuring maximum application performance.