Dell EqualLogic Refreshes Lineup for First Time in Two Years
Through all the change at Dell, EqualLogic has remained a rock of consistency and retains a loyal installed base.After Dell bought Compellent and its progressive virtualized storage lineup for $960 million in December 2010, it didn't take long for it to take the smaller company's Fluid Data marketing scheme corporatewide, effectively making Compellent its lead storage brand. Some folks at Dell's EqualLogic storage division might have taken umbrage at this, but if they did, they were quiet about it. Three years earlier, Dell had acquired the equally ahead-of-the-curve EqualLogic for $1.4 billion, with EqualLogic becoming the favorite child over Dell's previous co-branded storage with EMC. Therein lies the story of IT: constant evolution. From all that eWEEK has heard, both of those very different storage providers are thriving under Dell ownership. Both are gaining slowly but surely in market share; both serve different types of customers. EqualLogic is aimed at data centers that use iSCSI storage connectivity, while Compellent supplies storage for a variety of connections and for both hard disk and solid-state drives.
Compellent, thanks to its intelligent tiering and versatility in both hard-disk drive and solid-state media, is now the rising star in the midrange storage sector, challenging everybody—NetApp, HP 3PAR, EMC—in the market and coming away with wins.
--Dell EqualLogic SAN Headquarters 3.0: Dell's SAN monitoring software provides in-depth reporting and analysis and robust performance and event monitoring across multiple EqualLogic groups. The new release includes Array Software 7.0 features support and Dell SupportAssist enhancements. --Dell Fluid File System (FluidFS) v3 on EqualLogic FS7610/7600: Dell's latest file system software decreases the capacity needed to store common enterprise file data by up to 48 percent by deduplicating and compressing redundant data when no longer needed. FluidFS v3 offers expanded protocol support and more third-party certifications, growing the ecosystem of industry-specific supported solutions, including leading health care picture archiving and communications system (PACS) vendors. All the new Dell storage arrays and software are available this month, Fine said.