DSSD Custom High Performance Applications Solution
REDUCE TIME TO INNOVATION
DSSD D5 unleashes the power of highperformance analytics applications
DELL EMC DSSD D5 RACK-SCALE FLASH SPEEDS
DECISION-MAKING AND TIME TO MARKET
High-performance analytics applications are employed in a wide range of industries to
solve critical business problems and drive innovation. Data scientists and business
analysts typically build highly complex calculations (models) on real-time, hot data sets
to deliver competitive insights for real-time decisions and predictive intelligence. These
include stock trades, fraud analysis, and supply chain optimization.
DELL EMC DSSD D5
These data scientists also run millions of simulations to power computer-aided
applications for research spanning a wide range of areas, including gene sequencing,
drug development, weather analysis, oil and gas exploration, and product engineering
and design. Analytics applications often leverage massive parallelization to optimize
compute and I/O as large numbers of users start jobs and access data on the same
grid. Speed is the common denominator, where the ability to make better decisions
faster or bring an idea to market sooner is the competitive differentiator.
OVERCOMING CURRENT STORAGE LIMITATIONS
Dell EMC DSSD D5 empowers your
applications to generate more
comprehensive and reliable insights:
High-performance analytics applications push the limits of today’s technologies with
their massive data and compute requirements. The need to ingest and analyze huge
data sets makes computing power and storage capability, measured in terms of
bandwidth density (bandwidth/TB of data), IOPS, and latency, the most critical
Analyze more data faster,
perform more complex
computations, and minimize time
to results with game-changing
bandwidth density, IOPS, and
Support both legacy and nextgeneration applications with
flexible and native data access
Reduce costs with shared
resources, minimal data center
footprint, and higher performance
Up to this point, to achieve reasonable performance levels, applications have employed
massive parallel file systems (like GPFS) and high-performance applications (like SAS)
running on local file systems. The infrastructures and storage architectures currently
deployed are inadequate for scaling to the higher levels of compute and storage
performance demanded by these applications.
The performance of all-flash arrays is limited by I/O stack bottlenecks, network and
fabric latencies, and software/hardware design limitations in moving data.
While faster, direct-attached PCIe flash cards and SSDs have capacity limitations,
require multiple copies of data, and do not provide the advantages of shared storage. In
addition, with compute and storage scaling linearly in most architectures and software
licenses priced on a per-node basis, organizations often end up overspending on both
hardware and software to get the bandwidth and IOPS they need. Yet, in many cases,
they still do not achieve the performance required by these applications.
The Dell EMC DSSD™ D5™ rack-scale flash appliance solves performance and
capacity challenges faced by traditional storage architectures, including existing flashbased or HDD-based products. It paves the way for innovation by providing industryleading bandwidth density, IOPS, and latency, effectively removing the performance
bottlenecks that throttle high-performance analytics applications.
Density and performance
144 TB (raw), 100 TB (usable)
5U form factor
Unprecedented IOPS, bandwidth,
DELL EMC DSSD D5: THE GATEWAY TO DISCOVERY
DSSD D5 provides ultra-dense, high-performance, highly available, and very low
latency shared flash storage. It is connected to each node through PCIe Gen3 and
leverages NVMe technology, which delivers the performance of PCI-attached flash.
At the same time, D5 is a standalone appliance that is disaggregated from compute,
delivering the benefits of shared storage. You get optimized compute and extreme
bandwidth density for faster data movement, accelerating all types of high-performance
Large, high-performance PCIe
Separate control and data path
REDUCE TIME TO INSIGHT AND GET RELIABLE RESULTS
NVMe technology for shared
flash via PCIe
Redundant connection to up to
DSSD D5’s highly dense flash leaves room for more compute per rack, accomplishing
massive computations with rapid response times. Industry leading IOPS, latency, and
bandwidth density accelerate data movement and provide the agility required by highperformance analytics applications. Completing workloads in hours instead of days or
weeks makes your analysts more efficient and brings new products to market faster.
Multi-dimensional Cubic RAID –
high reliability with low overhead
Industry-leading durability with
flash physics control algorithms
Dual H/A controllers and
Native application access
In addition, increased reliability and high availability features ensure consistent
performance, providing disruption-free and reliable results.
INSPIRE A CULTURE OF INNOVATION
The rapid performance and simplified analytics pipeline increases analyst agility,
enabling them to do more than ever done before. This agility fosters a culture of
innovation by inspiring and promoting experimentation to test new ideas and
Native direct memory API access
The high-performance, ultra-dense, and shared pool of flash minimizes the data center
footprint by up to 27 times and lowers operational costs without compromising on
performance. You get more performance for your money, maximizing ROI and your
To learn more, contact your local
representative or authorized reseller.
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