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Dell broadens storage portfolio

751356-microsoft-in-talks-on-dell-buyout-reportsDell has recently rolled out a series of new storage offerings designed to help businesses and organisations cost-effectively adapt and scale their data centres to keep pace with ever-increasing IT demands.

Dell’s future-ready approach to IT solutions development continues to address both current and new methods for managing the massive growth of data with the announcement of a new entry-level array series, higher performing dense storage arrays, enhanced software capabilities and new SDS appliances.

New products on offer include the Dell SC Series which offers customers entry-level storage arrays with the same common management and several of the core features as higher-end Dell SC Series arrays. The customer-inspired Dell Storage SCv2000 Series demonstrates the Dell Storage strategy to expand customer access to higher-end storage capabilities, starting at approximately $14,000 (US) per array.

Another offering introduced was the Dell Storage PS Series Arrays which can be used for large data repositories and offers up to 3.5x the capacity and 7x performance improvement. The new Dell Storage PS6610 Series enterprise arrays offer the ultimate in high-performance and high-capacity for Dell’s mid-market, iSCSI-based arrays. The new dual-controller arrays include substantial improvements—3.5 times the capacity3 and up to 7 times the performance4—compared to the previous generation Dell EqualLogic PS6510 arrays to help customers store more data and access it more quickly.

The PS6610 Series arrays, offering hybrid flash and hard disk drive configurations, support critical business applications and are ideal for customers with large data repository requirements. They combine the power of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and dense storage, offering the ability to support half a petabyte of capacity in a single 5U array. With greatly improved density, memory and performance, the arrays require less space to support customers’ growing data requirements.

“Dell continues to redefine the economics of enterprise storage, offering customers of all sizes world class storage solutions that remove complexity, lower cost and deliver impressive long-term value,” said Alan Atkinson, Vice President and General Manager, Dell Storage. “The new Dell Storage SCv2000 Series brings the proven performance and protection of our Dell SC Series arrays to an entry-level offering with best-in-class value at a very disruptive price. Overall, our new solutions offer customers innovative technologies to efficiently improve and simplify storage management with both current and new IT approaches.”

The arrays ship with Dell EqualLogic PS Series Array Software 8.0 was also announced. This will provide new space-saving features, such as compression of snapshots and replicas. The new software further supports virtual environments with advanced VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes integration that allows arrays to be managed on a virtual machine (VM) basis instead of per volume or LUN. Existing customers with a valid support contract can download the latest software at no additional cost.

Dell also announced the Dell Storage with Microsoft Storage Spaces, new, tested and validated solutions, designed to support Microsoft’s SDS capabilities on Dell’s enterprise-class server and direct attached storage hardware. This new Scale-Out File Server (SOFS) solution, available in five configurations, support customers seeking an SDS and virtualised storage approach to various workloads, including private cloud deployments, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), and SQL and Hyper-V environments.

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