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Dell PowerScale – Product Review

Dell ’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 thirdparty software. Role-based access control, access zones, and OpenSSL add to the security features. Compliance features include data retention and WORM mode.

Dell PowerScale Product Review Includes:

  • Overview
  • Highlights
  • Usage
  • Architecture Deployment
  • EvaluScale Product Review Methodology
  • Evaluator Group’s Opinion

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February 29, 2024


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