Dell Adds 6G-bps SAS to SMB Storage Lineup

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-01-14 Print this article Print

The faster 6G-bps PowerVaults are designed for users who want to expand their server-based storage networks or for those seeking an alternative to a more complex storage area network.

Dell on Jan. 14 said that it has enhanced its front-line PowerVault storage portfolio with new 6G-bps SAS-connected arrays that are aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises and corporate branch offices.

The new PowerVaults are designed for users who want to expand their server-based storage networks or for those seeking an alternative to a more complex storage area network, Dell said.  

"We've been talking about 6Gb and testing it for a long while," Dell Senior Storage Manager Howard Shoobe told eWEEK. "As you know, Dell isn't a believer in vaporware. So this is integrated, tested and differentiated. It goes end-to-end and is internal to our servers, as well as our JBOD [just a bunch of disks] solutions."
Highlights of this launch, Shoobe said, include double I/O performance (3G to 6G bps) of current standard arrays, keeping pace with server technology; redundant path with automatic I/O load balancing; deployment flexibility; and high scalability. In addition, it is delivered as an integrated and tested solution.

Included in the release are three new PowerEdge RAID controllers-PERC H200, H700 internal and H800 external-and two PowerVault expansion enclosures-MD1200 and MD1220.

The 2U PowerVault MD1200 features bays for 12 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch drives; supports nearline (7.2K), 10K- and 15K-rpm hard drives and/or SAS solid-state disks; includes support for self-encrypting drives; and can be expanded to support up to eight enclosures (or 96 drives).  It utilizes the PERC H800 controller.

The 2U PowerVault MD1220 array can hold 24 small-form factor (2.5-inch) drives; supports nearline (7.2K), 10K- and 15K-rpm HDD and/or SAS SSDs; expands to support up to eight  enclosures (or 192 drives); and requires the PERC H800 controller.

The new storage arrays and controllers are available now. More information can be found here.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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