PowerFlex is a software-defined infrastructure platform that reduces operational and infrastructure complexity. It 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 delivers transformational value
PowerFlex uses software to unlock the full potential of rapid advances in industry-standard hardware and deliver extreme SLA outcomes. It aggregates resources across a broad set of nodes, unlocking massive input, output, and throughput performance while minimizing 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 disruption. 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. It offers flexibility to mix and match 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.
PowerFlex supports 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 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
The PowerFlex software provides software-defined storage services. It delivers high performance, highly resilient block storage service that can scale to thousands of nodes.
PowerFlex Manager simplifies 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. It also enables flexible APIs and extensive automation.
PowerFlex consumption options
PowerFlex is available with multiple consumption options to help you meet your project and data center requirements. PowerFlex appliance and PowerFlex rack provide customers with the flexibility to choose a deployment option to meet their exact requirements.
PowerFlex rack is a fully engineered system, with integrated networking that enables customers to simplify deployments and accelerate time to value. The preconfigured and flexible network options, ingrained security controls, end-to-end life cycle management, secure call home, and single call support are some of the many key features that help customers streamline day-2 operation, deliver agility and resilience, and maintain a security posture.
PowerFlex appliance offers customers a smaller configuration of four nodes, while enabling them to use their existing network infrastructure.
With PowerFlex, 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 single invoice provides monthly payments that are based on a predictable rate and vary based on your usage.