Two models of virtualization-aware storage arrays get upgrades, as does its VMware-related firmware.
Dell launched a refresh of
its virtualization-aware EqualLogic storage systems Aug. 22, and at the same
time tightened integration with VMware's latest hypervisor, vSphere 5, for
In fact, Dell's got some
other news to come in the virtualization realm, and it's not all about
storage. The company is expected to make a major announcement next week during VMworld
around cloud services.
Dell, which unveiled its
EqualLogic PS7500 network-attached storage system (NAS) last June
now shipping it (pricing starts at $32,700), has updated its lower-end SAN (storage
area network) offerings with a pair of new systems for both its PS4000 and
The PS6100 series, which can
store up to 72TB in one array and 1.2PB in a cluster, is designed for midrange
businesses. Pricing starts at $30,700.
The PS4000, aimed at remote
offices in large companies, and small and midsize businesses, can hold as much
as 36TB in a single array of machines. Pricing for the PS4100, the new machine
in the 4000 line announced Aug. 22, starts at $9,500.
The launch marks Dell's
first use of higher-performance 2.5-inch drives in the EqualLogic product line,
which, Dell Executive Director of Storage Travis Vigil told eWEEK,
provides greater density that
enables users to store more in less space.
Additionally, customers can
gain up to 60 percent performance improvement on typical workloads with the
EqualLogic PS Series, compared with the previous-generation EqualLogic arrays,
Vigil said, basing his statement on Dell's internal metrics.
Vigil said that EqualLogic
firmware version 5.1 now includes thin-provisioning awareness for VMware
vSphere to help users save recovery time and help mitigate the risk of
potential data loss. Dell is one of VMware's largest global resellers.
Thin provisioning is a
method of storage resource management and virtualization that lets IT
administrators limit the allocation of actual physical storage to what
applications immediately need. It enables the automatic addition of capacity on
demand up to preset limits so that IT departments can avoid buying and managing
excessive amounts of disk storage.