Dell EMC PowerVault ME4 Series storage arrays purpose-built; designed for simplicity to modernize IT and boost application performance



Dell EMC introduced the Dell EMC PowerVault ME4 Series, a new line of its entry-level data storage arrays designed for small- and medium-sized businesses. The PowerVault ME4 Series can help organizations modernize IT and boost application performance, packing all-inclusive enterprise features into a product that is simple, fast and affordable.

PowerVault ME4 Series is an entry-level storage array that delivers enterprise-class performance and features, including flexible array configurations with three models offer from 12 to 84 storage drives that can be configured from 0-100 percent flash and support any mix of SSDs and HDDs. This provides the capabilities to deliver the optimal performance and low response times of flash with the economics of disk. PowerVault ME4 Series can expand up to 4PB and drive up to 320,000 IOPs.

Its all-inclusive software includes essential components to manage and protect data to drive the business forward including built-in data protection, thin provisioning, remote replication, snapshots, three-level tiering, volume cloning, integration with VMware vCenter and SRM, drive-level encryption and more. With its out-of-the-box integration with Dell EMC PowerEdge 13th and 14th Generation servers simplify the challenges of server capacity expansion, providing business applications with reliable high-speed data access in either SAN or DAS environments.

The new PowerVault ME4 Series family delivers significant increases over previous Dell EMC entry systems in capacity, performance, simplicity and features. Dell EMC built the PowerVault ME4 Series with 75 percent more drives to increase raw storage capacity by 122 percent, while also boosting read IOPS performance by four times.

It is ideal for a range of block-based storage use cases such as video surveillance, HPC, virtualization/VDI, entry SAN, low cost consolidation, video editing, NoSQL databases, direct attached and OEM solutions.

With its flexible connectivity options, the PowerVault ME4 arrays offer significant advantages for SAN/DAS workloads with outstanding IOPs, massive bandwidth, scale and low latency. An all-inclusive software model helps to reduce OPEX and improve operational efficiencies — making the ME4 Series hard to beat. If you’re looking for raw power and absolute simplicity in a small footprint; if you’re cost-conscious and need storage availability and reliability, then Dell EMC PowerVault ME4 Series – starting in either 2U or 5U – is for you. Designed to deliver the performance of flash with the best economics of disk, the PowerVault ME4 systems are the perfect fit for small-scale storage consolidation, application acceleration, and business continuity.

Small- and medium-sized businesses have similar needs to larger enterprises but must meet those needs in the face of smaller budgets and fewer IT support staff. Balancing price and performance is a reality for these organizations, along with selecting storage solutions that are simple to use and manage. Dell EMC designed the PowerVault ME4 Series to meet these needs by offering a feature-rich and affordable storage array that is easy to install and use.

According to new data from IDC, Dell’s 31.6 percent revenue share lead in the external entry storage segment is more than the next six competitors combined. Dell EMC has an install base of more than 400,000 PowerVault units worldwide.

The PowerVault ME4 Series is intuitive to setup and manage ensuring the availability and protection you expect for your data. Besides saving you money, the simplicity of the ME4 Series helps you reclaim time and resources, giving opportunity to focus on innovating and IT transformation.

IT organizations purchase storage systems as part of a workload solution to either solve a business issue or seize a business opportunity. The PowerVault ME4 Series, configured either as DAS or as SAN storage deliver high-value workload solutions for many types of businesses. And since the ME4 Series is integrated with widely used hypervisors and operating systems, they help consolidate infrastructure and drive operational efficiencies that can result in real competitive advantages.

Each PowerVault ME4 array brings multi-protocol flexibility to your business with 10G iSCSI BaseT or SFP+, 12G SAS and 16G FC connectivity. Data-intensive application throughput is enhanced with four ports per controller while extending business continuity with robust remote replication features. ME4 Series supports backwards compatibility with auto-negotiation for iSCSI and FC connections.

PowerVault ME4 arrays scale up to 336 drives using ME412, ME424 and ME84 expansion enclosures. Additionally, the web-based (HTLM5) ME Storage Manager provides an intuitive management interface, making ME4 arrays simple to configure (15 minutes) and easier to manage. Dual-controller models connect four high-availability servers or eight non-redundant servers, for 5-9’s availability and balanced performance in mixed virtualized environments.

“Earlier this year, we made a commitment to simplify and streamline our storage portfolio to make it easier for customers to do business with us,” said Jeff Boudreau, president and GM of Storage, Dell EMC. “The new PowerVault ME4 Series is a key part of that strategy at the entry level, designed for customers looking for an affordable, yet fully featured storage array that’s optimized for SAN and DAS virtualized workloads.”

Every aspect of the PowerVault ME4 has been designed for ease of use. The array is customer-installable in 15 minutes and takes 15 more minutes to configure and begin storing data as either hybrid or all-flash storage. Managing the PowerVault ME4 Series is made easy with a new HTML5 user interface, enabling customers to use a web browser from anywhere to handle common management tasks such as configuring and managing storage profiles and network connections, responding to alerts and more.

Every PowerVault ME4 Series storage controller is powered by a dual-core Intel Broadwell processor. Each array supports multiple protocols including Fibre Channel, iSCSI (and SFP+) and SAS host connectivity.

 

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