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.
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.
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