Dell has made flash adoption more affordable with the release of enterprise class all-flash array configurations starting at under $30,000.
The new Dell Storage SC4020 AFA configurations offer an economical starting point for all-flash performance to support a wide range of applications and workloads.
There are two options.
The SC4020 Entry-Level AFA single-tier configuration includes six 480GB read-intensive SSDs for a total of 2.8 terabytes of raw capacity for under $30,000.
While the SC4020 Flash-Optimised AFA multi-tier configuration provides even faster write performance, while continuing to optimise cost, with six 480GB read-intensive SSDs, plus an additional six 200GB write-intensive SSDs for a total of more than 4 terabytes of raw capacity at about $40,000.
Dell storage general manager, Alan Atkinson, said price had been the number one barrier to enterprise flash adoption.
"we’re knocking down these walls to make the high performance, reliability and smaller footprint of flash practical for almost any workload,” he said.
“As Dell continues to bring down the cost of enterprise class storage, we now offer customers the industry’s easiest to use and lowest cost entry point into mid-range, all-flash enterprise arrays.”
Enterprise Strategy Group senior analyst, Mark Peters, said the company's ability to disrupt the storage industry with its low entry price was made more impressive by its inclusion of enterprise-class features and functionality.
“Given the overall value proposition - which is bolstered by Dell's renowned Copilot support - IT users around the globe should certainly give consideration to Dell when looking for AFA solutions," he said.
Davenport Group president, Paul Clifford, said Dell was the only manufacturer that used both write intensive and read intensive SSD technologies in a single array and enables the group to configure exactly the solution our customers needed.
“The flexibility is built-in so that as a customer’s needs change, which is inevitable, the system can be easily adapted," he said.