Items Tagged: Dell
Towards Unified Storage
Storage architectures are going through a fundamental change. Whereas we have seen most legacy players continue to offer traditional architectures that present a FC interface towards the host and either FC or SCSI, or more recently, SATA drives on the backend, newer players have developed iSCSI storage using grid principles and made the management of storage much easier. We have also seen players combine NAS and SAN in the same box.
Revitalized HP Enhances StorageWorks Portfolio
On February 21, HP announced a variety of enhancements to their StorageWorks portfolio of products. These encompassed enhancements to the storage systems, backup software, remote office IT consolidation solutions and services. While none of the enhancements are, in and of themselves, earth shattering, they show that HP has found its rhythm back and is on a path of recovery that started almost a year ago.
Snap server S50
The Snap Server product line has long been one of the most heralded workhorses of cost-effective NAS. With the most recent release of the Snap Server 550 from Adaptec, we believe that the company is moving the Snap line into a critical transition point in price/performance and features. By leveraging the 64 bit AMD chip architecture with both a SAS/SATA and NAS/iSCSI option in a 1U form factor, this is a NAS box that can hold its own against most higher priced competition.
Carnival was in need of storage that could not only handle today’s demands, but could scale quickly…and inexpensively.
Small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) share the same needs as the enterprise for storage security. But lacking enterprise storage budgets and specialized IT staff, they have far fewer options open to them. Regardless, SMBs are facing the same compliance pressures that have bedeviled the enterprise.
My colleague Jeff Boles and I recently attended the first EqualLogic User Conference in Dallas.
With the announcement of VMware vSphere 4.1, I think VMware's set the bar very high, again.
Dell Acquires EqualLogic
On November 5, 2007 Dell announced that it had entered into agreement to acquire iSCSI network storage vendor EqualLogic for $1.4B in cash. We believe that this investment by Dell is a clear indicator of the anticipated growth in the iSCSI market. This investment, while sizable, is well aligned with Dell’s strength in the small to medium business (SMB) market. Dell’s challenge will be to manage channel conflict with the EqualLogic VARs as well as resolve product positioning with its current OEM of EMC Clarrion storage. If Dell leverages this investment correctly this may turn out to be one of the most profitable storage acquisitions since EMC acquired DG (Clariion) back in 1999.
Storage is at the heart of the VDI ROI equation. Testing showed that the Dell PS6000XVS, for a typical set of linked-clone non-persistent VDI task workers, easily achieved a density of 680 virtual desktops (85 10GB disk/1GB memory VMs per ESX server, generating 2-5 IOPS each)…with headroom.
Breaking Down the Barriers to VDI with Dell EqualLogic iSCSI SAN Arrays
While Taneja Group has been cautious to date on the pace of desktop virtualization adoption, recent hypervisor and storage technology innovations strongly suggest that in 2011 and 2012 we will see a rapid acceleration. Key to this momentum has been increased interest in one type of desktop virtualization, namely server-hosted virtual desktops (often called “virtual desktop infrastructure,” or VDI). VDI has often promised more than it delivered, however, due to complexity, performance and cost challenges. Chief among these challenges has been the high up-front capital costs and subsequent inefficiencies of the storage platforms deployed to support VDI. Dell aims to turn this around, however, with several recent additions and enhancements to its popular EqualLogic PS Series iSCSI array family. In this first section of a three-part in-depth report, we first review the current barriers to wider adoption of VDI, focusing on key storage challenges, and look at how the new Dell PS Series XVS hybrid SAS/SSD arrays deliver the density required to overcome these barriers.
Maximizing Desktop Virtualization Success with VDI-optimized Dell EqualLogic Hybrid Arrays
VDI has often promised more than it delivered, due to stubborn complexity, performance and cost challenges. Chief among these challenges has been the high up-front capital costs and subsequent inefficiencies of the storage platforms deployed to support it. Building on deep integration with VMware’s vSphere 4.1 platform via the vStorage APIs, Dell has set its sights squarely on VDI and aims to break down both the cost of acquisition and TCO (CapEx and OpEx) barriers that have plagued VDI ROI in the past. Dell has added intelligent workload tiering and new hybrid SSD/SAS arrays to its Equal-Logic PS Series family and we analyze a recent performance benchmark to evaluate in detail how Dell’s innovations reduce complexity, improve performance and lower the cost of VDI.
A couple of weeks ago I got a chance to see the latest Dell Host Integration Toolkit / VMware Edition (HIT/VE) in action. This trio of storage administrative tools is a terrific example of the kind of deep integration into the virtual environment needed as customers of all sizes virtualize more top tier business applications, virtualize them faster, and virtualize at ever-increasing densities.
Iron Mountain did it – or rather they promised they would look into it. In an attempt to tear the wings off gadfly Elliott Management, Iron Mountain announced that it would be “exploring strategic alternatives for its digital business.”
Despite recent growing pains in the cloud market, there are many signs that the cloud is here to stay. The pace of innovation is tremendous, and a number of companies - both large and small - are now focusing on developing the enterprise-level features that will increasingly attract corporate applications and data.
Maximizing Database Performance With Dell Equallogic Hybrid Arrays
Today’s combination of rapidly-accelerating demand for data and rapidly-consolidating datacenter infrastructure makes choosing the right storage for each of your business applications more important—and more difficult—than ever. In our view, it’s time more of this burden is taken on by the SAN itself. In other words, it’s time for more SAN intelligence. The intelligent SAN should optimize all available storage resources—automatically. In this profile explore how dynamic, multi-tiered OLTP workloads test the limits of traditional manual storage tiering strategies, and further strengthen the case for automated tiering on the SAN itself. Then we review Dell’s internal benchmark test results and speak to Carnival Cruise Lines, an EqualLogic customer, in order to evaluate how Dell’s hybrid SSD/SAS arrays are delivering higher performance and lower overhead both in the lab and in the field.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Dell Inc. today launched an appliance that brings clustered NAS capabilities to its EqualLogic iSCSI SAN, turning it into multiprotocol storage. The EqualLogic FS7500 uses technology that Dell acquired from Exanet in early 2010 to support file and block storage in its midrange storage platform.
Dell will use VMware's software to start and offer Microsoft Azure and an open-source cloud stack next year
The case for Intelligent Storage (Dell)
In the past decade, a volatile business climate and a dynamic technology landscape have combined to raise the pressures on the enterprise datacenter, and especially on the storage infrastructure that underlies it. The need to adapt to such constantly-shifting demands and technology developments has sorely tested the limits of existing networked storage solutions. The virtualization mega-trend has dramatically changed the way information is sized, controlled, and protected. But traditional networked storage solutions are too often rigid, complex, and inefficient. Taneja Group has identified a way forward. We have collected the essential elements of the storage solutions needed for today’s new IT realities under the term “intelligent storage.” In this profile, we define what we mean by storage intelligence, whether that storage is file or block, and whether its architecture is SAN, NAS, or unified. We then examine how Dell is delivering this intelligence with its EqualLogic storage line. Wherever you are in your datacenter evolution, we think it’s time to examine whether your storage has the intelligence to carry you to your end goals.
Server virtualization has made some promises that traditional SAN, NAS and unified solutions haven't been able to keep. It has promised that we can have it both ways: consolidation and simplicity, flexibility plus efficiency, mobility without downtime. There's a lot of intelligence in your hypervisor to deliver these benefits. But how intelligent is your storage?