Dell Storage branches out with midsize arrays, software-defined appliances

The company unveiled upcoming enterprise products at the Dell User Forum

By , IDG News Service |  Storage

Also at the User Forum on Tuesday, Dell introduced the Dell XC Series of Web-scale Converged Appliances, a line of appliances based on software from startup Nutanix. Though it's sold as all-in-one hardware, the XC Series is based on the idea of breaking out storage software and letting it run on any standard x86 platform. Nutanix ships its own appliances, with computing, networking and flash and hard-drive storage built into each one. The XC Series will run that same software on Dell PowerEdge servers.

It's the first OEM (original equipment manufacturer) relationship for Nutanix, according to Dell. The companies will offer a portfolio of products and align their product and technology road maps, Vigil said.

The XC Series is designed to bring Web-scale computing, the architectural approach used by Internet giants such as Google and Facebook, to average enterprises, Vigil said. Web-scale data centers are designed for easy expansion by adding more identical hardware. Dell isn't giving any configurations or prices yet, but it plans to start shipping XC Series appliances in the fourth quarter.

Stephen Lawson covers mobile, storage and networking technologies for The IDG News Service. Follow Stephen on Twitter at @sdlawsonmedia. Stephen's e-mail address is stephen_lawson@idg.com

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