Dell Adopts New Flash Drive Storage to Help Enterprises Store Valuable Data at Low Cost

By CIOReview | Wednesday, July 22, 2015
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FREMONT, CA: Dell introduces drives based on Triple Level Cell (TLC) 3D Nand flash technology to its Dell SC Series of enterprise storage arrays to help organizations of all sizes to significantly reduce costs associated with storing and managing their valuable data and IT applications.

TLC flash is a type of solid-state NAND flash memory that stores three bits of data per cell of flash media. The new Mainstream RI flash drivesbased on TLC 3D NAND offer lowest-cost per gigabyte, highest-density enterprise flash drives, enabling Dell to offer SSDs at approximately the same price per gigabyte as high-end 15K HDDs and up to 24 times performance improvement. The new storage array provides up to six times better density, lower latency and lower power consumption.Dell has also doubled SC Series storage array flash density, offering up to 90 terabytes of raw flash capacity per Dell Storage 2U array, allowing customers to support twice as much data in the same space.

“Dell’s unique intelligent data placement strategy allows different types of flash storage—SLC, MLC and TLC—to be efficiently deployed in multiple tier architectures that can be more cost-effective than single tier flash-based arrays. Cost has been the single biggest stumbling block to flash adoption in the data center, and Dell’s announcement of a new lower dollar per gigabyte price point for all-flash configurations enables the use of flash technology across an even greater variety of enterprise workloads,” Eric Burgener, research director, storage systems, IDC.