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Dell Launches New Generation of Dell EqualLogic Storage Solutions

Dell Launches New Generation of Dell EqualLogic Storage Solutions - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Dell Launches New Generation of Dell EqualLogic Storage Solutions - top government contractors - best government contracting event Dell announced today the release of Dell EqaulLogic storage solutions and supporting software to help customers address the data management requirements of increasingly dynamic data centers. The company also released details of new integration across its storage portfolio with the forthcoming VMware vSphere 5 virtualization and cloud infrastructure platform.

“Organizations of all sizes continue to place a priority on boosting IT asset efficiency while improving IT responsiveness to business pressures. Ever greater exploitation of virtualization is a key element in these efforts, and the deployment of flexible and intelligent storage systems is frequently the key to successful efforts,” said Richard Villars, vice president of storage and IT Strategies at IDC. “Dell’s continued investment in advanced yet cost effective storage solutions along with a continued expansion of its enterprise service and solutions organization, puts the company in a strong position to help IT organizations get the most from their data centers, today, and in the future.”

In response to customers’ growing storage demands, Dell introduced the EqualLogic PS6100 and PS4100 family of virtualized, IP-based storage offerings. Combined with Dell EqualLogic firmware version 5.1, Dell offers the next generation of EqualLogic that easily integrates into  the existing environments.

According to Dell, this launch introduces a 2.5-inch drive support for the EqualLogic product line, providing greater density that enables users to store more in less space. Customers will also gain up to 60 percent performance improvement on typical workloads with the EqualLogic PS Series compared to the previous generation EqualLogic arrays.

“With the latest release of the Dell EqualLogic PS Series platform, Dell is expanding on the mid-market storage standard it has set in terms of ease of use, reliability and performance,“ said Steve Bishop, Chief Technology Officer, Atlanta-based VeriStor Systems, a Dell PartnerDirect reseller. “This new series of storage arrays continues to integrate seamlessly with VMware and builds on the innovative Dell EqualLogic platform we trust for our mid-market virtual infrastructure implementations as well as our growing cloud-based disaster recovery services.“

EqualLogic PS Series arrays work together to automatically manage data, load balance across all resources, and expand to meet growing storage needs. New storage arrays include EqualLogic PS4100 Series, ideal for small-to-medium businesses or remote office locations with growing storage needs, and EqualLogic PS6100 Series, designed to provide mid-sized customers with a scalable storage environment, up to 72TB in a single array and 1.2PB in a single group, that can easily accommodate both high-performance and high-capacity drive options.

Dell also has begun shipping the new EqualLogic FS7500, the company's latest NAS solution that works with EqualLogic PS Series arrays to deliver the only scale-out, unified storage platform for mid-size deployments.

Dell and VMware have expanded their strategic partnership over the past decade, collaborating on engineering integration and solutions development since server virtualization first emerged.The latest EqualLogic firmware version 5.1 includes thin provisioning awareness for VMware vSphere to help users save valuable recovery time and help mitigate the risk of potential data loss. In support of the forthcoming VMware vSphere 5, Dell today introduced a new set of VMware specific enhancements for Dell EqualLogic, Dell Compellent and Dell PowerVault storage customers.

These include Dell EqualLogic Host Integration Tools for VMware 3.1, which provides customers with enhanced storage visibility, Dell Compellent Storage Replication Adapter for VMware VCenter Site Recovery Manger 5, which supports automated failback from a disaster event, and Dell PowerVault Integration with VMware vSphere 5, which adds certification and enables customers to manage multiple PowerVault MD3200/MD3600 series of storage arrays from a single VMware vCenter Server.

EqualLogic platform retains its ease of management as the system scales. New solutions that bring enterprise-class functionality to smaller implementations include Dell EqualLogic SAN Headquarters 2.2 software, which allows customers to monitor the health and activity of their storage environment, and Dell EqaulLogic Host Integration Tools for Microsoft 4.0, a re-design to enhance the usability experience including centralized data protection and more efficient management of multiple Microsoft hosts.

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