PowerFlex is a software-defined infrastructure platform that reduces operational and infrastructure complexity. PowerFlex empowers organizations to move faster by delivering flexibility, elasticity, and simplicity with extraordinary predictable performance for mission-critical workloads, while also providing resiliency at scale. The PowerFlex family provides a foundation that combines compute and high-performance storage resources in a managed, unified fabric.
PowerFlex uses software to unlock the full potential of rapid advances in industry-standard hardware and deliver extreme SLA outcomes. PowerFlex aggregates resources across a broad set of nodes, unlocking massive input, output, and throughput performance while minimizing the latency. Its self-balancing architecture eliminates any hotspots and ensures consistency and simplicity over time. You can scale the system while linearly scaling performance from a minimum of four nodes to thousands of nodes, on-demand and without any disruption. And with its self-healing architecture, PowerFlex can handle outages, upgrades, and maintenance without downtime resulting in 99.9999 percent availability.
PowerFlex delivers transformational agility that enables organizations to rapidly respond to changing business needs. PowerFlex offers flexibility to mix and match the storage, compute, and hyperconverged nodes in a dynamic deployment, allowing you to scale storage and compute resources together or independently, one node at a time as per your requirements.
The platform can also support a broad range of operating environments simultaneously such as, bare metal operating systems, hypervisors, and container platforms with a unified underlying infrastructure platform and management. You can also support heterogeneous workloads with varying requirements on a flexible shared infrastructure platform and modernize your application architectures on your schedule.
PowerFlex offers full-stack IT Operations Management (ITOM) and Life Cycle Management (LCM) with PowerFlex Manager. It provides extensive automation capabilities with PowerFlex Manager REST APIs and custom Ansible modules to integrate with your infrastructure, application, and DevOps workflows. PowerFlex Manager enables automated deployments and expansions with minimal firsthand time for the IT team, letting them focus on other strategic initiatives.
PowerFlex is designed to deliver superior outcomes at any scale for the most-demanding mission-critical environments. It is optimized for a wide range of validated workload solutions ranging from traditional relational databases and modern cloud-native NoSQL databases to throughput-intensive analytics workloads.
Figure 1. PowerFlex family
Software is the key factor of success in the PowerFlex offering. PowerFlex software components provide software-defined storage services. The software components help to simplify the infrastructure management and orchestration with comprehensive ITOM and LCM capabilities that span compute and storage infrastructure, from BIOS and firmware to nodes, software, and networking.
PowerFlex is the software foundation of the PowerFlex platform. It delivers high performance, highly resilient block storage service that can scale to thousands of nodes.
PowerFlex Manager is the software component in PowerFlex family that enables ITOM automation and LCM capabilities while enabling flexible APIs and extensive automation.
PowerFlex is available in multiple consumption options to help customers meet their project and data center requirements. The PowerFlex appliance and PowerFlex rack provide customers the flexibility to choose a deployment option to meet their exact requirements.
The PowerFlex rack is a fully engineered system, with integrated networking that enables the customers to simplify deployments and accelerate time to value.
The PowerFlex appliance allows customers the flexibility and savings to choose their own compatible networking. The PowerFlex appliance offers customers a smaller starting point of four nodes, while enabling them to use their existing network infrastructure.
With PowerFlex, the customers deploy to match their initial needs and easily expand with massive scale potential, without having to compromise on performance and resiliency.
PowerFlex is available through APEX custom solutions by the APEX Flex on Demand and APEX Datacenter Utility for customers looking to adopt consumption based OpEx models.
APEX Flex on Demand allows you to pay for technology as you use it and provides immediate access to buffer capacity. Your payment adjusts to match your usage.
APEX Datacenter Utility provides the leading product portfolio from Dell Technologies that is coupled with your choice of professional services and support to manage your data center and its operations. A simple and single invoice provides monthly payments that are based on a predictable rate and vary based on your usage.