Dell Capitalizes on Unstructured Data, Unveils PowerScale


Dell Technologies introduced a new member of storage systems, designed to help companies capture and capitalize on unstructured data.

The Dell EMC PowerScale is engineered with new software and server hardware that opens a door for channel partners to get new native public cloud integration. The new system can scale from 11 TB of raw capacity to 60 PB of file operations.


According to analysts this new storage system will replace the Isilon storage line and would open a new opportunity for innovative industry-standard on unstructured data. Parts of the pertained new industry-standard are videos, images, social media content, and other documents.

Dell Unveils PowerScale

In a press release, the company said, “The Dell EMC PowerScale family provides the foundation companies need to unlock the potential of their data, no matter where it resides and use it to drive meaningful business impact.”


Given this new release, Dell is improving the hybrid storage to businesses everywhere. The system also supports the massive moving of data chaos to data intelligence, and of next-generation OneFS operating system.

PowerScale Data Reduction Technology

As Dell pushes to simplify its storage portfolio, the introduction of PowerScale system provides ease in the management of unstructured data across data centers. Public cloud storage is also supported, enhancing the reduction of technology and access to AWS S3 objects.

Additionally, the new system also clusters stale from 11TB nodes to existing Isilon clusters, in a span of a minute. PowerScale also has automation tools, which can distribute resources and policies for better storage utilization.

RoundTower Technologies vice president Keith Odom said, “This is a home run for Dell. PowerScale is going downmarket in a space that maybe they haven’t been able to compete in as well as in the past based on price.”

With this system, Dell can leverage on regional banks, remote sites, retail stores, hospitals, and other industries, which are looking for the highest-performing storage solution.

So far for the channel partner perspective, PowerScale presents good capabilities for an ROI. This opens up a new market not just for Dell, but also for market segments.

Aside from enhancing the OneFS operating systems, PowerScale also introduces capabilities for supporting Ansible, Kubernetes, Red Hat’s OpenShift, and Amazon’s S3 object storage. The system can directly connect to major public clouds like Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure.

Dell offers pay-per-use for the new system, and clients can buy storage capacity as needed for the organization.