Feeds

Dell EquaLogic launches automated tiering

vStorage API integration in new firmware

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

Dell has announced XVS versions of its P6000 arrays that provide faster and more efficient VMware storage, plus new firmware that automatically moves hot data into a solid state drive (SSD) tier from SAS disks in the same enclosure.

There are two new XVS versions of the EqualLogic PS6000 array, which was originally announced in March last year. The company says thee PS6000XVS and PS6010XVS arrays improves the performance of multi-tiered workloads like virtual desktops and reduces the time to boot multiple VMs by up to 76 per cent. These arrays have been designed specifically to work with ESX, Citrix Xen, and Hyper-V, particularly in the desktop virtualisation area.

Version 5 firmware, which will run on all PS EqualLogic arrays, can virtualise an enclosure containing both SSD and SAS drives into a single storage pool with automated placement of hot data onto the SSD tier. This takes place in seconds or minutes according to Dell product marketing manager Dylan Locsin. He says the new EqualLogic technology could cut the number of storage arrays needed in a desktop virtualisation environment by up to three quarters.

The v5.0 firmware is VMware-aware with support for the vStorage API. Dell is quite happy for the hypervisor to front-end storage resource management. For example, copy and snapshot operations can be set up by Vware and offloaded to the EqualLogic array. There is a new multipathing plug-in for VMware. It was previously available for Windows and has now been added to VMware. However, it requires a new version of ESX, which VMware has yet to announce.

Another future is an EqualLogic one – thin provisioning measures to ensure that virtual machines don't run out of thinly-provisioned capacity.

The vStorage integration has performance benefits. Dell claims it reduces the time to complete provisioning scenarios by up to 72 per cent; reduces SAN network traffic by up to 95 per cent; and reduces CPU utilisation by up to 75 per cent, compared to the previous EqualLogic firmware. Such performance boosts for a product line which has recorded 78 percent year-on-year revenue growth in its most recent quarter bodes well for continued revenue growth.

There is also support for thin clones. These are clones of virtual machines which all share a template volume and are, in effect, deltas of a VM around the core template. Previously, clones were complete in themselves; now they consist of template plus unique clone. Thirty thin clones could share a single template and thus use up much less storage capacity. A prime use case for thin clones is for high-performance computing (HPC) servers booting off a SAN.

Dell is also introducing new PowerVault MD3200i iSCSI and MD3200 SAS arrays.

The EqualLogic PS6000XVS and PS6010XVS will be available in early August and pricing starts at $50,000 and $55,000 respectively.  The EqualLogic 5.0 firmware is available today at no additional charge to existing or new EqualLogic customers.

The PowerVault MD3200 and MD3200i are available next week and pricing starts around $11,000. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?
Sysadmins, you're either fighting fires or seen as incompetents now
Microsoft: Azure isn't ready for biz-critical apps … yet
Microsoft will move its own IT to the cloud to avoid $200m server bill
Death by 1,000 cuts: Mainstream storage array suppliers are bleeding
Cloud, all-flash kit, object storage slicing away at titans of storage
US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo
Now all that remains is for gov't offices to ban the boxes
Oracle reveals 32-core, 10 BEEELLION-transistor SPARC M7
New chip scales to 1024 cores, 8192 threads 64 TB RAM, at speeds over 3.6GHz
VMware vaporises vCHS hybrid cloud service
AnD yEt mOre cRazy cAps to dEal wIth
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
BYOD's dark side: Data protection
An endpoint data protection solution that adds value to the user and the organization so it can protect itself from data loss as well as leverage corporate data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?