Dell EMC DSSD D5: Enterprise Analytics- Let the Transformation Begin

New today: Dell EMC DSSD D5/PowerEdge R730 servers delivers record-breaking performance on benchmark for tick data analytics and delivers third major software release.

Organizations today face many challenges and conflicting priorities including data growth and data variety, supporting an increasing number of users and devices, navigating a fiercely competitive landscape and continuously shrinking budgets. Pressure continues to mount for organizations to use data strategically to improve decision-making and deliver next-generation business services. Enterprise analytics at scale are increasingly becoming a linchpin for organizations to survive and flourish in a data-driven, real-time digital world.

So what’s holding back organizations from benefiting from analytics at scale?

Until DSSD, customers needing low latency and massive I/O for analytics at scale have been forced to use server attached flash, large DRAM configurations and complicated non-standard CPU designs. This resulted in inefficient and redundant use of compute and flash, non-scalable architecture, network related bottlenecks and operational overhead. All of this significantly impacts customers’ ability to support real-time data ingestion and an increasing number of concurrent workloads and users.

Let’s review key validations of DSSD’s performance for analytics at scale:

Securities Technology Analysis Center (STAC) M3 benchmark testing for tick data analytics. Today, we are announcing that STAC has tested and validated the performance of DSSD D5/PowerEdge R730 servers with the STAC M3 benchmark suite leveraging kdb+ database from Kx Systems, provider of time-series analytics for streaming, real-time and historical data and the leading database for financial services organizations. The combination delivered record-breaking performance in 84% of queries in the M3 testing suite designed to test scalability with respect to dataset size and number of concurrent users. DSSD and PowerEdge R730 combination was also faster in 94% of queries in the baseline M3 suite than a system using a larger distributed architecture with a parallel file system. The Dell EMC architecture used only 33% of the storage bandwidth and 50% of the storage capacity. STAC M3 testing demonstrates that DSSD D5 can accelerate trading analytics applications used by leading financial services organizations, along with tick data applications used in other industries, to utilize more data and provide faster results than any product previously tested.

Pete Lankford, Director of STAC

“Trading firms in the STAC Benchmark Council designed the STAC-M3 suite to represent a range of performance challenges that are common in financial time-series analysis,” said Peter Lankford, Director of STAC. “As data volumes grow and as the query demands from quants, machines, and regulators increase, it is more important than ever for tick database solutions to perform well at scale. Dell EMC DSSD D5 and PowerEdge R730 servers with Kx Systems’s kdb+ have established performance records while testing at the largest STAC-M3 data scale so far.”


Mark Sykes, Chief Operating Officer, Kx Systems:

“DSSD D5 provides a great avenue to improve the performance of existing applications built on kdb+,” said Sykes. “Our financial services customers are always on the lookout for new architectures that combine low operational latencies and high data rates. At the same time, our customers need to store a massive amount of persistent data without compromising on performance metrics. With DSSD D5 our sophisticated customers can see an immediate benefit.”

ESG Validated Performance for Oracle. ESG labs demonstrated that DSSD D5 performed complex Oracle queries 6X faster and minimized the need to create materialized views, enabling real time analytics on live data.


Principled Technologies Validated Performance for SAS Analytics. Principled Technologies demonstrated that Dell EMC DSSD D5 and PowerEdge servers delivered extreme low latency access to data and superior bandwidth to enable consolidation of multiple SAS marts on a single platform, run more analytics and enable more users.


Are we done yet?

Today, in addition, we are announcing our third major software release. A few key highlights of the release, which will enhance D5’s robustness and security, include improvements around high availability, management and upgrade support, and security/access (ACLs/LDAP).

With continued product development and innovation, combined with multiple third party validations of industry leading performance across diverse high performance use cases, Dell EMC is paving the way for future innovations and continuing to drive DSSD’s unique capabilities in enterprise workloads.

Want to learn more? Check out the DSSD homepage, Launch Video below, the STAC Report, the ESG Labs Report on DSSD’s Oracle performance, and the Principled Technologies Report on DSSD and Dell servers performance for SAS.  And, be sure to follow @DELLEMCDSSD on Twitter for our latest announcements and content.

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