back to article Dell muscles into all-flash for small biz with $35k 4TB array

Dell is shipping a go-faster version of its $25k entry-level all-flash array for $35k. The basic SC4020 AFA single-tier configuration has six 480GB read-intensive SSDs, 2.8TB raw capacity, for an advertised street price of $25,000, $8.83/raw GB. A flash-optimised multi-tier config has faster write performance. It has six …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Only wankers use "natch"

  2. Martin0641

    Without Compression and DeDuplication....

    It's a conversational non-starter...


      Re: Without Compression and DeDuplication....

      I had trouble just getting past the price tag...

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Without Compression and DeDuplication....

      Compression and dedup are just features to reduce the cost of storage.

      This array intelligently tiers data, which achieves the same thing.

      Ultimately, it's about performance at a a price point and price per GB.

      This product delivers in spades. I like the automation of features that I have to manually do on other products and it has a wonderful management interface.

      (disclosure: I consult in data centre technologies with customers in a number of different storage products)

  3. thegreatsatan

    8 years?

    The flash will burn out long before that.

  4. Mikel

    Eight years

    Did noone mention to Mike the rate of change in flash technology these days?

  5. Chezstar

    Small Biz eh?

    Id love to see a small biz that can chuck 35 big ones down for disk storage. 3.5k maybe... Might be the reason we stopped using Dell for our small biz.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Small Biz eh?

      what's your small biz? Ice cream van?

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    All flash no bang

    Is based on the same latency-ridden platform as the old SC models where the cache needs to be disabled for flash volumes? If so then there isn't a lot of bang for the buck in real life application performance.


  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    8 year TCO comparison?

    Who evaluates IT hardware over this time period??

    The only reason 8 years has been chosen is that XtremIO has a 7 year support guarantee.

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