Modern data center workloads have varying business value and characteristics for the workload and data that governs the performance, throughput, capacity, availability, data protection, and data services requirements. Shrinking IT budgets, the push for greater efficiency, consolidation, and workload requirements have made it necessary for the underlying infrastructure to deliver high performance, scalability, resiliency, and most importantly -- flexibility. PowerFlex rack is an engineered system for Dell EMC designed based on the following five pillars to meet the key infrastructure requirements.
Dell EMC PowerFlex is enterprise storage software that is architected and developed to run on industry-standard x86 servers and Ethernet. It is software that can be seamlessly deployed and operated, enabling modern database teams to use Dell EMC PowerFlex rack easily for DevOps workflows or high performance and low latency workloads and operationalize the underlying infrastructure entirely through configuration and management tools.
Dell EMC PowerFlex rack is a platform of choice for modern data center workloads, enabling customers to build Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) or platform-as-a–service (PaaS) offerings. The PowerFlex software is designed to deliver unmatched liner performance with scale, unparallel resiliency and flexibility, auto-balancing and self-healing capabilities. The even distribution of data across all servers and the high I/O parallelism that are afforded by PowerFlex can help deliver high performance that scales linearly as servers are added.
Unlike other engineered systems, Dell EMC PowerFlex rack offers enormous flexibility in terms of compute and storage node choices, network configuration, PowerFlex deployment options, system size, and hypervisor options. This solution can fit well into organizations of any size and structure. Lightweight, Dell EMC PowerFlex storage software can be deployed either on capacity-oriented servers to contribute storage-only or on mixed compute and capacity balanced servers to run alongside applications.
Growing the number of database instances and dynamic workloads can lead to a sprawl of database silos that are often underutilized and unbalanced. Dell EMC PowerFlex rack enables IT infrastructure teams to operate with ruthless efficiency through hardware abstraction, database consolidation and software automation.
Modern databases running on software-based storage infrastructure can create business benefits and savings across both capital and operational expenses. Customers can start with small size and grow the system size as the business need grows. This flexibility not only lowers the initial CapEx (Capital Expenditure) and on-going OpEx (Operational Expenses) but also improves productivity by frees resource from unnecessary long-term capacity planning. Rapid storage deployment and provisioning times translate into more rapid and valuable business productivity gains through increased developer productivity and accelerated application deployments.