For the better part of five years, I’ve been fortunate to have a front-row seat as the concept of microservers gained traction in the industry. In Dell’s Data Center Solutions (DCS) organization, we’ve had countless customer conversations on the workloads that drive today’s web- and cloud-based business models, including the critical, emerging workload known as “cold storage.”
The business need for cold storage is relatively straightforward: Web-based businesses produce huge volumes of data every day, but over time the frequency with which such data is accessed decreases rapidly — yet the data itself cannot be destroyed. To justify keeping access to such “cold” data, one needs an extremely cost-effective and flexible solution, balancing reasonable response time with minimal space and power consumption while also providing a seamless transition from an application and architectural perspective, all at the lowest possible cost-per-gigabyte.
That brings us to today’s announcement of our DCS 1300 platform, built specifically for the needs of cold storage workloads. Featuring the just-announced Intel Atom C2000 product family, this solution is the next leap forward in the microserver journey we began five years ago.
–Drew Schulke, executive director of Dell Data Center Solutions