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CEO Weekends: Dell announces cheaper all-flash array configurations

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Dell-freewallpapermaniaDell has rolled out its new enterprise class Dell Storage all-flash array (AFA) configurations starting at only $25,000 (US), a move seen as delivering on its commitment to transform the storage industry with industry-leading customer value and economics.

The cost 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 Robin Kuepers, storage marketing director, Dell EMEA. “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.”

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So far ,the company has been 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.3

“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.”

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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:

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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 $25,000 (US).

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 $35,000 (US).

“We were interested in the Dell Storage SC Series, and decided to start in our corporate office and call centre with the SC4020 Flash-Optimised Solution that auto-tiers among write-intensive SSDs, read-intensive SSDs, and 7.2K HDD,” said Carmen Andreoli, director of infrastructure and IT at ELEAD1ONE, a leading provider of web-based automotive dealership software. “We stood-up the SC4020 in less than a day and then completed an entire online migration of our virtualized environment without any downtime in less than 24 hours. The SC4020 has exceeded our expectations – in both excellent performance and overall ease of use.

Dell’s Data Progression software lets the array do what it needs to do to optimise drives for performance and cost, and frees up hours of our time every month.”

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.

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