Next-gen Workloads Require Next-gen Storage

Introducing the all-new, all-flash PowerScale F210 and F710 nodes. Drive AI innovations faster with Dell’s AI-ready data platform.  

In December, Dell announced that they are working on storage advancements to deliver AI-optimized infrastructure as part of their vision for AI. Today, Dell reports introducing two new nodes to their all-flash lineup—Dell PowerScale F210 and F710. 

This release brings customers the latest generation of high-performance file storage systems, leveraging best-in-class PowerEdge servers to power the most compute-intensive workloads. Integrated with the latest OneFS software, PowerScale is the complete AI-ready data platform, offering unmatched performance and scale, exceptional efficiency, federal-grade security, and multi-cloud agility. 

Meet Dell’s Latest All-flash Nodes: PowerScale F210 and F710 

Customers require faster and more cost-effective solutions due to the sheer data gravity brought about by next-gen workloads. PowerScale is building on the tried-and-tested capabilities that made it a Magic Quadrant leader for eight consecutive years. It is delivering enhanced performance and efficiency with the launch of the F210 and F710. The F210 is the optimal platform for performance with small capacity requirements, whereas the F710 offers a balance of high performance and great capacity in 1RU.

PowerScale: The World’s Most Flexible1, Secure 2 and Efficient 3 File Storage…Just Keeps Getting Better

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Unmatched Performance

Compared to the prior generation, coupled with software optimization over the last year, users will realize up to double the performance improvement in streaming reads, drastically accelerating feeding GPUs for model training and fine-tuning. Similarly, users could also expect to optimize the model checkpointing phase of the AI pipeline with up to double the streaming write performance. Additionally, PowerScale will help bring about faster turnaround time and lower risk of tape-out delays with up to 2.6x improvement in high concurrency and latency-sensitive workloads like high-frequency trading (HFT) and electronic design automation (EDA) with software and hardware upgrades made over the last year.

Improved Efficiency

Dell has also made significant headway in optimizing customers’ total cost of ownership. 

Its latest platform leverages a Smart Flow chassis to streamline airflow, directing the right amount of air to where it’s needed to improve energy efficiency. Continuous innovation like this allowed to deliver up to 90% greater performance per watt within just one year. 

Building on capacity and density from the previous generation nodes, the F710 accommodates up to ten drives in a 1U configuration, translating to a 25% increased node density compared to the F600. Similarly, Dell is improving storage utilization in a form-fitting configuration with the F210 by introducing the 15TB QLC drive that doubles capacity compared to the F200. 

“Collaborating with Dell means faster innovation for my business. The new Dell PowerScale F710 has exceeded our expectations with more than 25% performance improvements in our EDA workloads while delivering improved data center sustainability.” – Alan Davidson, CIO, Broadcom.

PowerScale: Dell’s AI-Ready Data Platform

Expanding on PowerScale’s NVMe all-flash lineup with GPU direct and other embedded features like non-disruptive scaling, multi-tenant capabilities, universal data access with multiprotocol support, federal-grade security, and seamless interoperability with flexible public clouds, the F210 and F710 are changing the game for high-speed storage and enabling the most demanding file workloads, including AI and generative AI (GenAI).

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