Modernising and streamlining infrastructure stands as a top priority for IT organisations as they phase out older, legacy storage systems. This is because the digital transformation initiatives that enterprises are embarking on in their quest to extract greater business value from their data, often involve next-gen workloads like analytics and artificial intelligence (AI).
Unfortunately, legacy systems are incapable of handling these applications, because these workloads demand top-notch performance, uninterrupted availability, and seamless scalability.
As a result, finding storage systems capable of supporting scale-out, software-defined architectures, and nonvolatile memory express (NVMe) technologies has become even more important than in previous technology refresh cycles.
Intelligent management and automation capabilities have also become critical features for organisations that are striving to maintain agility and respond to rapidly evolving business needs, while minimising overall operational costs.
For these reasons and more, the demand for high-performance storage, capable of cost-effectively scaling to accommodate petabytes of data, has been steadily on the rise as enterprises revamp and modernise their infrastructure, to consolidate workloads, drive their digital transformation efforts, and ultimately, do more with less.
The latest data-intensive applications such as analytics, AI, machine learning (ML), and the Internet of Things (IoT) that many entities are now deploying, often span across core, edge, and multiple cloud environments, fuelling a shift from the legacy workloads that were once confined to on-prem data centres.
In response, enterprise storage vendors have been adapting their product architectures to align with the evolving needs of modern businesses. Some have transitioned to software-defined, container-based solutions that provide the scalability, flexible deployment options, enhanced operational agility, and automation capabilities they need. These changes help IT businesses reduce onerous, labour-intensive tasks and enhance their ability to meet tight business deadlines in today’s challenging economic climate.
Ease, all around
In today's landscape, companies also expect a level of ease in procurement, usage, and on-demand scalability that mirrors the convenience offered by public cloud services, even in their on-premises storage systems.
Streamlining provisioning, operations, and management has grown in importance, particularly as the responsibility for these tasks is starting to shift away from specialised enterprise storage experts and fall within the purview of IT generalists.
Storage vendors have responded by gathering comprehensive telemetry data to drive cloud-based predictive analytics platforms and automation tools. These resources assist customers in a wide range of storage-related activities, from system deployment and performance optimisation to capacity planning, issue troubleshooting, and security risk monitoring.
The most advanced capabilities
This is where vendors with the most advanced capabilities have an opportunity to use them as a differentiator in the highly competitive enterprise storage landscape.
Dell Technologies Authorised Distributor, Tarsus Distribution, did exactly that when it introduced PowerStore, with an aim to consolidate the storage systems it offered at midrange price points with a new software-driven modern array. PowerStore is able to scale up and scale out to expand capacity as needed, it employs low-latency NVMe technologies to deliver performance that is consistently high and features easy life-cycle management that has built-in automation as well as AI-driven monitoring capabilities.
PowerStore is built on an innovative container-based software design that isolates storage operating system components as individual microservices, enabling Dell’s engineers to easily grow and evolve the platform with lightning-fast delivery of new features. This microservices architecture, when combined with advanced storage technologies and integrated machine learning, helps users unlock the power of their data.
In a nutshell, PowerStore is a versatile platform with a performance-centric design that delivers multi-dimensional scale, always-on data reduction, and support for next-generation media. It brings the simplicity of the public cloud to on-premises infrastructure, streamlining operations via an integrated machine-learning engine and seamless automation.
Furthermore, it brings predictive analytics to easily monitor, analyse, and troubleshoot the environment in which it is used, and is highly adaptable, providing the flexibility to host specialised workloads for businesses in every industry.
Freeing up resources
Perhaps PowerStore’s greatest advantage is its ability to shrink an organisation’s data centre footprint without sacrificing performance. Its ease of use enables admins to spend their time doing more valuable business activities and enables IT staff to work with greater productivity and efficiency through a more user-friendly work environment and increased automation capabilities.
It also offers high availability while reducing costs, with many users saying the high agility that has come from deploying PowerStore is a game changer, and has reduced both storage space and cost. It also boosts end-user productivity and business results through lower latency and higher performance of business-critical applications.
With PowerStore, it is also far easier to perform updates. When it comes to upgrading or updating the software or firmware, companies don’t have to worry about outages or downtime.
Another major benefit is cost. The business cost is far lower to operate, and any downtime is cut to the minimum, giving companies top performance and the ability to provide low latency.