Dell throws a new all flash array (AFA) aimed squarely at the midmarket that the vendors claim is the lowest price option for businesses strapped for cash. The Dell Storage SC4020 array includes 24 drive bays and dual controllers in a 2U chassis, plus all standard software, options, installation and three-years of Dell Copilot support.
A single-tier configuration includes six 480GB read-intensive SSDs for a total of 2.8 terabytes of raw capacity comes with a sticker price of US$25,000. For an extra US$10,000 more, Dell will add six 200GB write-intensive SSDs for a total of more than 4 terabytes of raw capacity.
"For years, price has been the number one barrier to enterprise flash adoption, and we’re knocking down these walls to make the high performance, reliability and smaller footprint of flash practical for almost any workload," said Alan Atkinson, general manager, Dell Storage.
Customers may continue to expand their Dell Storage SC4020 AFA as an all-flash solution by adding additional read-intensive or write-intensive drives – or achieve additional cost savings at any time by automatically moving cold data to one or more optional tiers of traditional spinning disks. In either case, all incoming writes and "hot reads" are handled by the fastest SSD tier, ensuring maximum application performance.
"Dell's ability to disrupt the storage industry with its extremely attractive and low entry price for its all-flash storage offerings is made all the more impressive by its inclusion of enterprise-class features and functionality," said Mark Peters, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group.