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Dell EMC PowerScale – Product Brief

Last updated November 30th, 2022 for end of year updates. A concise 7-page overview of Dell EMC PowerScale. Download the full Product Brief now!

Dell EMC’s PowerScale systems are a series of scale out NAS systems to address various usages in Information Technology, Media & Entertainment, and high-performance computing markets. PowerScale is a successor to Isilon with continuation of the underlying OneFS software. Using clustering of multiple nodes, PowerScale is a scale out NAS architecture to address customer needs in performance, capacity, and price. Multiple models provide different performance and capacity scaling while using the same underlying architecture and software.

Scaling of multiple nodes in an N-Way cluster architecture provides for redundancy and scaling of capacity and performance. A minimum of three nodes are required in the clustering configuration with a maximum of 252 when Ethernet is used for the interconnect (144 if InfiniBand is used). The OneFS operating system enables the clustering and all features to provide the performance and capabilities to meet customer needs across multiple markets.

Key security features include use of Self Encrypting Drives and internal key management to protect from obtaining data in the case of drive thefts and cryptographic erase for secure deletion of data. Audit trails of access control changes are also supported with the integration of third-party software. Role-based access control, access zones, and OpenSSL add to the security features. Compliance features include data retention and WORM mode.

Transparent tiering to public or private clouds is a native feature of OneFS.

PowerScale OneFS is offered as a software only version meant to be installed at remote locations, connected to a central PowerScale system. The OneFS Edge runs as a VM in VMware ESXi.

Three families of systems are defined:
• H – Hybrid
• A – Archive
• F – Flash

Dell EMC PowerScale Product Brief Includes:

  • Overview
  • Highlights
  • Usage
  • EvaluScale Table
  • Evaluator Group Opinion

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