Q&A: Dell Cloud Exec On Red Hat Partnership, Co-Existence With EMC Software-Defined Product Lines And Competition With HPE
@Dell says its latest enterprise software-defined storage effort with @RedHat will co-exist with software-defined products that will be brought in with the pending acquisition of storage giant @EMC, and will be more flexible than #RedHat solutions offered by Hewlett Packard Enterprise. #HPE
@JimGanthier, #Dell vice president of engineered solutions and cloud, told CRN the new Dell DSS 7000 object storage server for Red Hat’s Ceph 2 open-source, software-defined storage platform underlines Dell’s commitment to offering customers a wide variety of product options, and will be slotted into Dell’s product portfolio alongside #EMC’s #ScaleIO, #Isilon and #ElasticCloud Storage solutions.
Ganthier also argued that the new Dell-Red Hat Ceph line emphasizes the difference between Dell’s “heterogeneous” strategy and HPE’s strategy of “just trying to make it work.”
The DSS 7000 is a high-capacity object storage server for Ceph environments. It’s designed for scale-out cloud data centers, putting 90 3.5-inch drives in one 4U chassis, and delivering up to 720 TB of capacity, according to Dell. Dell is set to acquire data storage giant EMC in a more than $62 billion merger expected to close before the end of October.
What follows in an edited excerpt of CRN’s conversation with Ganthier.