Everything PowerStore

Welcome to the “Everything PowerStore” page. If you have questions, we have answers. If there is something that is not listed here, feel free to ask us anything using the form on this page and we will update this resource with the information. While this is used as a reference guide ultimately you should consult the PowerStore Admin Guide for the most up to date information.

Dell PowerStore

PowerStore is built from the ground up with next-generation storage technology to make your business more agile and prepared for change.

  • NVMe all-flash or Storage Class Memory (SCM) with Intel Optane optimizes performance
  • Intelligent scale up and scale out architecture lets you add compute or capacity independently
  • Revolutionary AppsON provides flexibility to run VMware virtualized apps directly on the appliance, while providing capacity for external workloads at the same time
  • New Anytime Upgrade program helps modernize PowerStore over time, without forklift upgrades

Current Models:
Dell EMC PowerStore 1000T
Dell EMC PowerStore 1000X
Dell EMC PowerStore 3000T
Dell EMC PowerStore 5000T
Dell EMC PowerStore 7000T
Dell EMC PowerStore 9000T

PowerStore Sizer

There are multiple ways to size out a PowerStore solution. The best option is to contact us and a SKYHIVE solution architect can walk you through the process. The official sizer is located here: powerstoresizer.emc.com but will require authentication. 

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Difference Between PowerStore X and PowerStore T

PowerStore has two models or versions, the “X” and the “T”. The main difference between the two is the ability to run virtual machines on the PowerStore X. Great for remote sites or edge deployments. The only other notable difference is the NAS functionality will only be available on PowerStore T for the initial product release, however we anticipate the functionality will soon be available on both models. 


PowerStore offers multiple different encryption options and reports encryption status at the following levels:

  1. Cluster Level
  2. Appliance Level
  3. Drive Level

Data at Rest Encryption (D@RE) is an option and is set at the factory. D@RE in PowerStore utilizes FIPS 140-2 with validated Self-Encrypting Drives. Also worth noting is the SupportAssist technology used to monitor array health leverages AES-256 bit encryption for secure data transfer.  

Source: PowerStore Security Configuration Guide

Anytime Upgrade

When you decide to invest in the next gen storage infrastructure make sure you select ProSupport Plus as your support option, as that will enable you to take advantage of Anytime Upgrades. The Anytime upgrade program is the ultimate investment protection program as technology is quickly evolving and changing. Anytime Upgrades also provides you with the ultimate in choice and predictability effectively ending the traditional cycle of disruptive storage platform migrations. 

The upgrades can be executed as soon as 180 days after the initial deployment and anytime after that within your service contract as opposed to waiting 3-5 years. 

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