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Dell buffs up EqualLogic SAN arrays with solid state drives

Expanding virtual storage pools

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As we exclusively revealed last week, Dell is launching a new PS6000 line of EqualLogic iSCSI SAN arrays, featuring solid state drives and expanded software offerings.

Compared with the current PS5000 products, The PS6000 delivers up to 91 per cent faster sequential write workload performance and is up to 29 per cent faster for sequential read workloads.

There are five PS6000 models: PS6000E; PS6500E; PS6000X; PS6000XV; and PS6000S (details here). The PS6000S debuts solid state drives - the array has a separate controller dedicated to the SSDs. They can be combined, Dell says, to scale performance linearly.

The PS6000s can be integrated with existing PS5000 products to expand their virtual storage pools: a PS group can now have more than 500TB of capacity.

Dell is offering ProConsult services (ProConsulting in EMEA) to help customers design a storage infrastructure using the new boxes. A SAN Headquarters dashboard provides centralised monitoring of dozens of PS Groups and is available at no charge to in-warranty and service contract customers. Hyper-V Smart Copysnapshots is added to the EqualLogic software suite, so that Hyper-V virtual machines can be recovered in seconds. The PS6000 arrays are also VMware vStorage-ready.

Dell is also adding the NX4, based on EMC's Celerra NX4, to its product range, adding in filer capabilities for Windows, Linux, and UNIX environments, as well as the flexibility to consolidate file and application (block) storage via iSCSI or Fibre Channel.

The PS6000 arrays' pricing starts at $17,000 with the PS6000S starting at $25,000. The products and services are available worldwide from Dell and its partners. ®

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