Dell will introduce a range of new features for its cloud storage platforms to “cloud” its systems and improve support for hybrid environments, the company announced this week at its annual Dell Technologies World event in Las Vegas.

Dell highlighted more than 500 software enhancements across three key platforms: PowerStore storage, mission-critical PowerMax storage, and a software-defined PowerFlex storage framework. Key PowerStore updates include improved support for in-house file replication and third-party file monitoring and ransom protection, along with improved network speeds, NVMe support, and deeper integration for VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (vVols), virtualized SAN / NAS arrays and disaster recovery.

PowerMax gets new features such as intelligent multi-array provisioning, new workload optimization, and the ability to quickly move snapshots to and from public cloud backup and recovery services. Finally, PowerFlex’s existing cloud and container orchestration integrations will be expanded, allowing customers to consolidate physical cloud storage into a single logical framework.

Dell has also announced a new partnership with cloud data analytics firm Snowflake to allow data stored in the Dell family of enterprise storage to be processed in the Snowflake cloud without raising concerns about data sovereignty.

Sid Nag, vice president of technology and service providers at a research firm Gartner, said that all the numerous updates point to a closer integration of cloud and on-site storage and that customers in tightly regulated industries – such as healthcare and finance – are more likely to be interested in the new features. The cloud has long raised concerns about the sovereignty and data management of tightly regulated industries; HIPAA and Sarbanes-Oxley are two of the main laws restricting the use of the cloud.

“What they essentially did was take things into storage and try to” blur “them for lack of a better deadline,” Nag said. “If I have a workload that requires me to use analytics but the data can’t travel through the cloud, they partner with Snowflake and the analytics engine works in the cloud, but the data itself is in an on-premises property.”

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