On Day Two, Dell emphasized storage enhancements in their PowerStore, PowerMax and PowerFlex portfolios, but also stressed these were not standalone announcements, and were part of the company’s multi-cloud vision laid out on the previous day.
Dell’s hardware business benefited greatly from organizations, at this stage of their tech rebuild, needing to refresh a hardware base in data centres that was at least two years old, and generally older than that.
Wasabi’s overall business has posted very strong growth over the last several years, but the lack of a Canadian data centre has created some data sovereignty issues that, until now, have limited their growth here.
StorPool has customized its software to make it easy for MSPs to build their own highly efficient Tier One storage platform, or to build private clouds for customers that can run mission-critical workloads.
They include Virtual Storage Software Block, a new software-defined data platform that extends Hitachi’s virtual storage platform to cloud native applications, but the most interesting one for channel partners may be the VSP E1090, their new top of the line mid-range storage array.
Storage services, database services and end user computing services are also available as discrete packages, with the aim of all being to simplify things for customers and make the solutions easier for partners to sell.
The changes include adjusting benefits to the partner’s preferred business model, improving Elite Partner benefits, adding a formal Services Specialization Program, and adding more flexibility to make building up practices easier.
Storage vendor StorONE adds a new backup solution, which will be free to current customers, and while it is being touted for its ransomware protection, it has other benefits which significantly lower the cost of backup protection.
Hitachi announces new product for their VSP 5000 and VSP E-Series, along with non-disruptive upgrade capabilities for both, as well as an enhancement of their HCP platform to accommodate new use cases.
Pliops, which makes a differentiated hardware and software accelerator that is also a media enhancer, started selling direct to hyperscalers, but now is expanding into the enterprise, and looking to work with partners with established connections in this market.