Storage Field Day is a highly anticipated event to meet and network with a select group of independent tech influencers and thought leaders. It’s always a great opportunity to have an open exchange on what’s happening within the storage industry with an experienced audience representing a wide range of perspectives. This year’s event was no different, with Dell taking center stage discussing how to deliver a continuously modern storage experience. This session included an update on the storage portfolio and strategy as well as a deep dive geek-out on what’s new and cool.
Cyber security is a top of mind concern for every IT organization. Research shows that a cyber or ransomware attack occurs every 11 seconds. This elevated frequency of attacks becomes an even greater issue as hackers evolve their techniques to find new ways to infiltrate IT infrastructures. Potential threats and breaches are no longer from external entities only. New potential threats can come from within where attackers already have gained back door access to the infrastructure. Building a secure, zero trust infrastructure helps address these external and internal treats and protect an organization’s infrastructure and more importantly, the information assets within it.
On July 19th 2022, Dell Technologies officially began shipping the next-generation PowerMax, the world’s most secure mission-critical storage platform, based on the PowerMaxOS 10 release. This release delivers over 200 new software features with industry-leading storage automation and advanced cyber resiliency to help IT organizations accelerate their digital transformation.
Almost all IT organizations will have containerized apps deployed along side traditional apps within the next few years. Many of these new apps will support critical business operations and require the same service levels as traditional apps. While APIs exist to connect containerized apps into enterprise class infrastructure, IT organizations need to build and support environments that can be fully automated and easily scaled. Dell’s Container Storage Modules (CSM) provide software modules that extend the capabilities of the CSI plugin to meet these requirements. Leveraging CSM allows enterprise storage data services to be exposed and consumed by new containerized apps. CSM with Dell infrastructure solutions provides an effective strategy to support enterprise class containerized app deployments.
Storage based IP networks leveraging the NVMe protocol can provide a cost effective, high performance connectivity alternative to traditional Fibre Channel SANs. While ecosystem support, such as VMware, is maturing, the tools required to set up and manage NVMe based networks lack the automation and integration compared to Fibre Channel. Providing admins with similar IP based automation tools is a key requirement to drive adoption and simplify management at scale. The introduction of Dell’s Smart Fabric Storage Services (SFSS) addresses these challenges. Deploying storage with NVMe over IP using SFSS provides the necessary automation to significantly simplify and standardize the management these deployments. Leveraging SFSS will help accelerate adoption of this new technology and maximize IT’s ability to leverage the cost and performance benefits of NMVe over IP.
Mainframe computing continues to run the world’s most mission critical environments. While considered highly secure, mainframe apps can be attractive targets for cyber threats. IT organizations are deploying “air gap” solutions via vaulting to better secure their Mainframes and enable fast recoveries if an app is compromised. Dell’s Cyber Resiliency for Mainframes deliver advanced virtual and physical vaulting solutions. Implementing Dell’s air gap solutions has proven to be successful for many clients in securing their Mainframes.
Prioritizing outcomes versus the steps to achieve the outcomes is big for almost every IT organization. Cobbling together storage, server, network, and backup platforms to automate management to make it simple, is a complex process. Providing a consistent API experience across technologies significantly simplifies infrastructure integration and automation. Dell’s Developer Portal provides a “one stop shop” to access API’s from across the portfolio in an easily consumable, consistent user experience. Users and developers can now easily find and access the tools to automate Dell infrastructure to make achieving their desired outcomes simple
Cybersecurity is a top of mind concern for every IT organization. Recent events show how cyber threats are not only persistent but constantly evolve. IT teams are challenged to react to these threats and be proactive in minimizing their security risks and vulnerabilities. Doing this effectively at scale requires security to be built in and automated as much as possible. New cybersecurity intelligence now included with CloudIQ to detect, report, and remediate infrastructure security vulnerabilities provide new levels of visibility into potential threats. Leveraging CloudIQ with Cybersecurity helps IT teams better protect their users, organizations, and customers.
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It’s big week for Dell and the storage team. It marks the completion of a lot of hard work by the engineering and development teams to introduce the latest PowerMax release. A lot has changed since the original introduction of Symmetrix. But one thing has remained constant. IT organizations continue to trust this platform to support their most mission critical environments.